Table Scraps – Healthy For Pets?
Date: February 3rd, 2016
Has this scenario happened to you?
You have just sat down at the dinner table to a home cooked meal when suddenly you feel a familiar panting on your leg and a thump of a tail on your foot. You sneak a look under the table only to be met with two large eyes staring intently back at you. The beggar releases an almost inaudible growl that seems to plea with you for just a single bite. You try to ignore the incessant whining but one more look at those puppy eyes and you are forced to surrender. Quickly, before anyone at the table notices, you cut off a portion of your food and slip it to the ravenous creature below. Within milliseconds the hunk of food is gone and the beggar is ready for more.
Does this scenario frequently happen to you? Read on for more information about table scraps.
Recognize this look?
Are table scraps healthy?
Despite what you may have heard, your pet can be fed some table scraps - as long as the food is low in fat, sugar, and salt. If you do give your pet scraps, give him lean meat or vegetables. Stay away from feeding fatty foods like chicken skin or the fat off of steak. Also avoid high-sugar foods like candy and baked goods.
Even if the scraps are healthy, treats are a better option for your pet. Most treats include some hidden form of vitamin or mineral that table scraps won’t provide. Zukes dog treats offer a tasty delight that have healthy all natural ingredients like glucosamine and chondroitin that offer joint support.
The combination of scraps (even healthy scraps!) and treats should never exceed 10% of the pet's daily diet.
Training a begger?
As described in the scenario above, granting table scraps can result in your pet becoming a beggar whenever you eat. Also, this behavior can lead to your pet becoming brazen enough to snag food that is left unattended on the table. Some of this food can be hazardous to your pet’s life.