Can I feed my dog scraps or “human food”?

Preferably not. It is a bad habit to get into and will create an annoying begging pup. Remember any extra calories add up! Studies have shown that pudgy dogs live on average 2-3 years LESS than their skinny counterparts. Some fatty foods can cause serious gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting, diarrhea, and even pancreatitis. Bones can cause intestinal rupture or get stuck in the esophagus or throat. I will never forget the bone I had to remove from the back of a dog’s mouth that was imbedded behind the jaw. There are foods that are poisonous to pets such as grapes, raisins, chocolate, onions or anything in the onion family, and broccoli. The sugar free sweetener xylitol is extremely poisonous to dogs.

If you absolutely must give your dog a treat, place it in his food bowl (not off your dinner plate) and stick with carrots, apples, and green beans.

Guest VET: Dr. Annie Price of Ormewood Animal Hospital

Ormewood Animal Hospital
749 Moreland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 963-5885
www.ormewoodanimal.com