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Why Table Scraps are Bad for Dogs

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Winter is usually the time for great holiday parties and huge home-style dinners. But as much as you’d like to include Fido in the fun, keep in mind that feeding him even just a few tasty treats from your table is definitely not the way. More often than not, table food is typically too fatty for a dog’s digestive system, and can result in severe stomach upsets. To help you keep your pooch safe and sound this holiday season, learn the following by heart:

Why Avoid Feeding Table Scraps

Oily and fatty foods, which are often found on our tables, can lead to severe dog health problems such as diarrhea, vomiting, and pancreatitis. Even worse, there are several people foods that are highly toxic to animals. Onions or any food prepared with them, for instance, can be unsafe for dogs and should never be given to him. Besides, some pooches that are constantly fed with table scraps have the tendency to become dependent on them. Dogs that eat table scraps may start refusing to eat regular dog food. Aside from that, feeding your pet with table scraps can also cause him to develop undesirable behaviors such as begging. If you intend to reward Fido for good behavior, just give him various treats which are especially made for them.

The Three Basic Principles

If you just can’t stop feeding your pet table scraps, always remind yourself of these rules:

· No junk food. Never feed Fido junk foods such as fries, potato chips, leftover pizza, or candies. Only provide your dog with healthy food items like steamed or baked potatoes, plain rice, oatmeal, bits of cooked chicken or turkey, finely chopped or steamed unseasoned vegetables and certain fresh fruits.
· Moderation is the key. If you like giving Fido healthy people food, don’t forget to factor his meals into his daily calorie requirement, then, feed your pooch less of his own dog food so he doesn’t gain weight. Balance his diet since your dog would still need his regular food. Just try giving him a less of it on times when you are feeding him with healthy table scraps.
· Watch out for toxic foodstuffs. Avoid foods that have been found to be poisonous to animals. These include raisins, grapes, onions, chocolates, cooked bones, fruit pits, and walnuts. For a list of foods that your pooch should never eat, check this link: www.dogingtonpost.com/foods-should-never-feed-your-dog/

Cooking something for your dog by following a recipe designed particularly for pets is another great way to add healthy human foods into Fido’s diet. Some of the table scraps that pose no harm to dogs include rice, cooked eggs, carrots, cheese, peanut butter, berries, chicken, green beans, seedless watermelon, and bananas.

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  1. Avatar Of Skarlit



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  2. […] animals usually prefer fatty foods that are not only high in calories but can cause serious digestive problems like pancreatitis, diarrhea, and vomiting. But if your pet needs some encouragement, buy […]

  3. I watched a video on animals how they prepare their food and Manufacturing by steaming their food and taking all the nutrition out of their food to have a better life expand on shelf and they saying table scraps are bad for animals but it’s okay for them to take the nutrition out of our dog foods to lower their life expands for our dogs

  4. Avatar Of Winston



    Can someone show me 1 test where a dog that only ate table scraps was less healthy than dogs that only eat dog food. This is propaganda and its sad how many people fall for it. Dogs have been around for thousands of years while commercial dog food appeared around 1922. I guess dogs before the 1920’s were just sickly dogs and they didn’t live long

  5. Avatar Of Paula Hughes Paula Hughes says:

    Feeding your dog on excessive table scraps can lead to obesity. A dog who regularly feed on fatty table scraps does not eat a nutritionally balanced diet which causes poor health.

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  8. […] how smart Coco was at the time but I did realize how dumb I was! After reading from this website, dogingtonpost.com/why-table-scraps-are-bad-for-dogs, it turns out dogs will stop eating their food completely if you start feeeding them off the table. […]

  9. […] You can ensure a long, healthy life for your pet simply by taking a few preventative measures. Schedule a visit to the veterinarian at least once a year for a physical exam and vaccinations. Be sure to give your pet some form of exercise at least once a day to keep their weight down and their physical health at their peak. Provide a balanced diet for your pet to avoid weight related health issues – limit treats and avoid giving table scraps. […]

  10. […] Some of us will throw scraps of food to our cat or dog while we’re eating, even though the common wisdom in our society is that this is unhealthy for them. […]

  11. Avatar Of Gena



    Please change / edit the sentence where you suggest giving bits of turkey to your dog. Turkey is dangerous and sometimes lethal for some breeds of dogs. My sister’s dog died this way. I’m not an expert but the facts are out there & easy to find. Thank you.

    • Avatar Of Kathy Greer-Gregory

      Kathy Greer-Gregory


      Thank you Gena. I wish this information was more well known.

    • Avatar Of Jay



      I have never heard of this … which breeds? Perhaps it’s the skin of the turkey, which could be quite fatty I suspect, so feeding too much of the skin for a period could exacerbate pancreatitis? Otherwise, lean turkey meat should be no problem at all. Very curious to know what specific breeds would have adverse reaction to turkey.

  12. Avatar Of Peter Peter says:

    Dogs are inherently intelligent and wish to please. People instill the negative behaviors we so wish to correct. So…. I for one who have had dogs all of my life, from yapping puppies to a dog over 200 pounds (french Mastiff)– it’s very simple…..put the time in… be consistent and assertive. Be affectionate and rewarding… Finally, while I know it will never happen, I wish I could get my hands on one of those bastards that deserted my new “son” Petey in a field with no thought whatsoever. I’d throw his ass in a kennel– for good !!! as for Petey– he is loved, he will never be abandoned again… And folks….isn’t that what it should all be about???

    • Avatar Of Kathy Greer-Gregory

      Kathy Greer-Gregory


      Thank you Peter. Your words help me remember how I should take much better care of our little Chihuahua, and NEVER forget to cherish her. We got her from the pound……someone abandoned her at about 3 or 4 months old in the local park. And she is the absolute sweetest, kindest, most loving and selfless little angel. Her name is Piper and I’ve been spoiling her…….but I’m going to work SO hard to care for her better. Thanks again. <3

      You probably won't see this post, but if you do, do you know of any <> treats for Chihuahuas, or even better, what’s the best way to break a Chihuahua from being dependent on table scraps? I’m such a sap, hard to say No.

  13. Avatar Of Sandy Sheldon

    sandy sheldon


    The article says fresh fruit is okay, but
    red/purple grapes have a substance in them that can damage a dogs kidneys. I saw this warning at the vets office.

  14. Avatar Of Jamie



    My Cockapoo Cooper loves loves loves cheese & peanut butter. He gets a kong with peanut butter after his afternoon walk.

  15. Avatar Of Noel Noel says:

    I have a very small dog. he is some type of mix. he looks like a tiny collie. He also is a rescue and when I got him the vet had removed some of his teeth. so he doesn’t have any teeth between his canine and his molars. he was starving when I got him at approx 8 mos., I do cook for him. No onions but white meat chicken, carrots, green beans, spinach. His gum would be raw if I fed him a hard diet. also I think that’s why he was under weight and food agressive. That all changed when he was given a diet he could eat.

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