Say NO to table scraps

We have all done it.  Our cute, little furry friend is practically smiling at us from beneath the kitchen table.  The ears are perked and the tail is wagging.  We know what our dog is after.  Just a tiny tidbit from dinner would be fine, right?

What could it hurt?  It is just a bite or two after all….Hold Fido’s ears because he won’t want to hear this. A dog’s diet should not contain table scraps.  People food is just that…for people.  A dog’s nutritional needs are not the same as a human’s.  Sure, we eat some of the same things, but feeding your pet from the table is one of the biggest mistakes one can make for your pet.A dog’s diet doesn’t require all the added goodies we put into our meals. As you may know, Americans are struggling with obesity and our beloved dogs can suffer from this problem as well.  If your dog’s diet consists mostly of scraps from the dinner table, chances are high that your dog will have trouble maintaining a healthy weight. Even a few pounds of extra weight can really make a difference in the quality and length of your pet’s life. Curb the begging and stick to your guns.When you have a dog who is not a picky eater, it can be tempting to let your pet be the garbage disposal in the home, but really, this is not a good idea.  Certain people foods can harm your dog and should never be a part of your dog’s diet.  Grapes, for example, have been known to cause serious problems for dogs, even death.  Chicken bones and popcorn can also be a problem for your dog. Permitting large quantities of chocolate can be fatal to a dog.

A poor diet can also surface in some other unpleasant ways.  When your dog’s diet is not at it’s best, your pet’s bowels will be greater in size, smell, and consistency.  The benefits of choosing a healthy diet for your dog will be noticeable in your pet’s attitude, coat, and obvious in those walks around the block. We feed & recommend Life’s Abundance dog food. Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food is made with select ingredients, including high-quality chicken and catfish meals, whole grains, nutritious vegetables and fruits, omega fatty acids and much more.Never use corn or wheat products and never use artificial flavors or colors. Here is a link with more information on this quality brand: http://bit.ly/1LT4v8D

There are a few occasions when a supplement or treat from the kitchen may be alright, but never in excess.  Talk to your veterinarian about healthy snacks for your dog’s diet.  If you simply must continue feeding Fido at the table, many vets recommend you give your pet ice cubes or pieces of carrot to munch on between scheduled feeding times.  Providing your pet these healthy alternatives to table food gives you the freedom to choose a healthy and nutritious snack for your dog’s diet. So, the next time your furry friend starts eyeing your grub, redirect his or her attention. Don’t reach for your steak or chicken leg.  Instead, toss your buddy a cool, refreshing ice cube to bat around and munch on.  A couple of baby carrots will keep him happy and leave you feeling good about your choices for the nutritional value of your dog’s diet.  You will know that you are doing your best to maintain a high-quality diet for your pet.

 

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