Can I feed my dog table scraps?

Posted on: September 09, 2013

Table Scraps are not a Substitute for Dog Food

Slipping your dog table scraps may feel like a natural way to share food with your dog, but it can be a bad idea. Table scraps should not be used as a substitute for a complete and balanced dog food. Your dog needs balanced nutrition that scraps from the table do not fully provide.

Balanced Nutrition

Dogs may enjoy a table scrap or two, but that doesn’t mean they should be included as part of your dog’s diet. That's because most human food doesn't provide the complete and balanced nutrition dogs need.

Watch the Calories

Table scraps can contribute to excess calories in your dog’s diet, leading to unwelcome weight gain. Treats may be a better option, though they should be limited to no more than 10% of your dog’s total daily calories.

Consult Your Veterinarian

Ask your veterinarian if these extras are ok for your dog. In general, table scraps are not good for your dog, and we recommend avoiding them. 

We hope this gave you insight into how important a balanced diet is for your dog.

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