Can you give table scraps to your dog?

Although it's tempting to give your dog table scraps, it's best to give it up for several reasons

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Table scraps and extra calories!

Distributing table scraps to a dog who is already receiving a ration of kibble or a household ration as a meal could well put a damper on his daily caloric intake. Indeed, in a dog that already receives a full ration, table scraps are as many extra calories that lead to overweight or even obesity, an illness that increasingly affects our pets.

A small piece of cheese here, a small piece of ham rind there may not seem like a lot of extra calories to you, but that's not to mention that your dog doesn't quite the same weight and height as a human being!

Compared to its weight and size, these little "sides" can represent the equivalent of half of its daily caloric needs or even more! It is therefore necessary to always keep this in mind when you give food to the dog, in addition to those in his bowl!

Foods that are not good for your he alth

During the domestication of the dog, the latter gradually got closer to humans by being attracted by the remains of their food that he consumed. Nowadays, current knowledge in nutrition and toxicology no longer allows us to continue feeding our domestic dogs in this way.

Today, many foods commonly eaten by humans are known to be toxic to dogs. This is particularly the case with grapes, onions and garlic (and more generally many vegetables from the allium family such as leeks) or even chocolate.For these reasons, by giving table scraps to your dog, you could very seriously put his he alth at risk!

In addition, feeding it exclusively human table scraps would expose it to dietary deficiencies or even digestive disorders. The diet of a human being is indeed not adapted to the carnivore nature with an omnivorous tendency of the dog because it is too low in proteins - especially animal proteins - and in calcium for the dog and too rich in complex carbohydrates. Result: a dog fed this way would have every chance of developing nutritional deficiencies and he alth problems in the medium to long term.

Giving it to the table, a bad habit

Getting your dog used to receiving table scraps could make your dog ask you for food when you're at the table. Imagine your dog sitting by your side staring at you with his big sad eyes throughout the meal or worse, your dog crying or kicking you as soon as you sit down to eat! That's annoying, isn't it?

To prevent such bad habits from developing in your dog, it's best to never give him anything when you're at the table or when you leave the table! Prefer to distribute his food away from the place where you take your meals, preferably after you have eaten yourself or before your own meal.

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