Are you one who likes to sneak bits of table scraps to Fido under the table? Just how healthy is this practice?
In general, table food may be too fatty for your pet, which can lead to digestive upsets. There are also certain foods that are toxic or dangerous to your dog such as chocolate, grapes and raisins, onions and garlic, avocados, Macadamia nuts, and cooked bones which can splinter when chewed. Additionally, giving your pet scraps from the table encourages begging behavior, and can also lead to obesity.
Your best bet is a consistent, high-quality pet food which is nutritionally balanced for your cat or dog. The AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) sets guidelines and nutritional standards to ensure pet foods are complete and balanced. It is the responsibility of the pet food manufacturer to ensure that their food meets these standards. Always look for pet foods which meet or exceed AAFCO standards.
If you still wish to give your pet an occasional treat from the table, make healthy choices such as lean cooked meat; vegetables such as carrots, green beans, broccoli or cauliflower; cottage cheese or yogurt; and brown rice.
As always, check with your vet for nutritional advice, especially if your pet has any special nutritional needs.