We’ve all seen movies where impish children let the family pet clear their plate of unwanted green vegetables. But giving human food to canines is a practice that goes on in many households around the country with dogs being allowed to lick plates, eat scraps, or even share meals with their owners. Does this happen in your home?
In some cases, this isn’t a bad thing. Some pet owners worry about the low quality of mass-produced dog food (kibble, canned food, etc.) so cook all the food they give to their furry friends. There are even cookbooks devoted to dishes for different domesticated animals: lean meats, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables to keep them straining healthily at their dog leash.
However, there is a difference between food prepared specifically for your dogs and food made with human consumption in mind, and it could result in a trip to a vet clinic for you and your pooch. People like to add spices, sauces, and all kinds of additives that doggie digestion can’t necessarily handle.
Plus, there are plenty of foods that can actually cause harm to your pooch, and even prove fatal. Before you start letting your dog share your food, there are a few things you should know about which items are safe for him to eat and which you should keep to yourself. Here are several foods you should never feed your dog if you want to keep your dog healthy.