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Table-scraps: to share or not to share?

4th July 2018

Sharing a meal with others - it’s one of the ways humans have shown affection and companionship since the dawn of time. It’s only natural that the temptation is often no different when it comes to our furry family members.

So what’s the issue?

Feeding your dog leftovers from the table does indeed have the potential of serious implications for their health.

Despite their adorable, accusatory eyes watching you whilst you eat, the following three arguments suggest that it’s probably best to restrain from feeding food scraps to your pooch - and why in the long term you may be doing them more harm than good.

1. It upsets their appetite…

‘Don’t eat that, it’ll spoil your dinner!’ I’m sure many of us have heard this being shouted across the room at us while our hand was inside the cookie tin just before mealtime. If you fill your stomach with snacks and treats, you won’t have any room for a substantial main meal.

This same rule applies for our dogs as well. Our dogs only have a certain daily intake capacity, which means that if they’re snacking on treats or table scraps throughout the day, chances are they aren’t going to be all that excited to see the bottom of their food bowl come mealtime. As a result, it can be very difficult to coax your dog into eating his or her own dog food.

2. …Which means they aren’t eating the nutrients they need!

As a result of not eating their own required food, our pups will be missing out on the key nutrients for an optimal and balanced canine diet.

Human food does not guarantee the vitamins and nutrients needed for your dog’s daily nutritional intake, which is entirely different. If your dog gets used to the habit of eating more human food and less of their dog food, they run a high risk of having unbalanced nutrition.

3. There’s also the increased risk of obesity

Studies have linked a higher correlation between dogs that are fed table scraps with those suffering from obesity, also revealing that 25% of owners practice this habit!

Unfortunately, weight gain and obesity can significantly affect the overall quality of life for your dog. Current studies indicate that around 41% of dogs in Australia are suffering from obesity. Dogs that experience significant weight gain greatly increase the risk of disease, lower energy and activity levels and shortened lifespan.

We all know how hard it can be to resist our dog’s puppy eyes. But for the sake of their health and wellbeing, a little tough love is the best policy here.

If you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s diet, health and wellbeing, make sure to speak with your local veterinarian.

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