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Do You Feed Your Dog People Food?

I have the most adorable little cocker spaniel, and even though I love her very much, I will not feed her people food - not even when Lacey rests her little face on my lap during dinner in an attempt to cute me into it. I just don't believe in giving dogs people food in any way shape or form. Be it scraps, leftovers, or old bones, I just don't do it. The first dog I ever loved, Adam, died when I was eight years old due to complications related to the digestion of people food. His stomach could not handle it and we had to put him to sleep. Everyone has a personal opinion on what their dog can and cannot digest correctly.

I know a girl who gives her dog, Darko, a doggie biscuit covered in whipped cream as a daily treat. Rachael Ray, a known dog lover, features a canine/people friendly meal each month in her magazine, Everyday With Rachael Ray. My aunt gives her dog, Mocha, tiny pieces of leftover meat about once a week for an extra source of protein. A friend's boyfriend liberally feeds his dog, Simba, people food but regularly brushes Simba's teeth. What about you reader? Do you share human food with man's best friend?

Do you feed your dog people food?

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HotBlonde HotBlonde 10 years
My husband is a veternarian and he would kill me if I fed our dog or cats food. Their tummies cant handle most people food or even worse they become obese from overeating junk. We have a lab and we feed him two cups of healthy dog food a day and that is it. One in the morning one at night. By they way she is thirteen years old and lookin good.
M155-J4CK13 M155-J4CK13 10 years
Mme Hart- This may be totally random, but... In America, we live in a fear-based society that's hell bent on political correctness and a pretentious sense of morality. Don't smoke, you'll get lung cancer. Don't go out in the sun, you'll get skin cancer. Don't drink, you'll become an alcoholic. Don't hug your children too close, they'll think you're a child molester. Don't let your friend sit on that broken chair, she'll sue. Don't acknowledge racial differences, you'll be labeled a racist. Don't feed your dog table scraps, he could die. And on, and on, and on. France is much more laid back. Much more innocent, and genuine. -So says my good friend who lived in Paris. I wish we could learn that here.
Surabhi Surabhi 10 years
actually these are good brands. I got this list from a holistic vet who I talk casually with about these issues & these companies claim to use healthy natural fresh ingredients. Flint River Ranch, Natural Pet, Wysong.
Surabhi Surabhi 10 years
Also people some of you are bringing up Science Diet like it's a good brand...well it's not...think euthanized dogs & cats. Basically any ingredient that says 'meal' after it...i.e. 'lamb meal', 'beef meal', 'chicken meal' can be like 20% lamb or chicken, & then something like 15% dead dogs, 15% dead cats, 15% cow by product, 15% grocery store waste (think styrofoam & shrink wrap), 15% percent restaurant oil, 5% other things (i.e. general trash & dog/cat collars from euthanized animals ect...) It is very tricky how they label dog food/pet food, & if you do a general search about comercial dog food ingredients & rendering plants there are experienced professional people that are saying they would not recommend any comercial pet foods. I don't currently have a dog myself, but I've helped a few pet owners understand this kind of stuff (including currently helping a cat out that is really full of toxins & was in great pain), after their pets were sent home to die (not to mention after spending thousands of dollars on vets who sometimes recomend this sh*t for petfood). Okay soooo sorry to keep going off here! I've just seen to many animals in pain & I have also gotten to be a part of relieving their pain here & there, so it's something I am passionate about.
Surabhi Surabhi 10 years
themexcellentone, because you said you would use whole body meat for your animals...I think (humble opinion) you should look into going to a small family farm to get the meat! Some place that raises it, kills, & prepares it right there to order. That way you can actually get the whole body, slaughtered and dismembered (brains & all)1, not to mention fresh! Grocers can't get the meat as fresh, even if they are actually cutting the bodies themselves, it still took a day or two to get there, & they don't always have access to selling you the "whole body". Also with grocery stores in general....that meat is usualy totaly rancid! Millions upon millions of pound of meat are recalled yearly from grocers & grocery stores, because of the rampant rancidity & people do get sick from it a lot! It's a bit under cover because that kind of knowledge coming through mainstream channels to the public would hurt "the bottom line"...that being money. Anyway get it killed fresh at a small, clean, liscensed, family farm that does such things to order....that is what my family did for meat.
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
i feed my dog Nutro Ultra for sensitive is wonderful. and she loves it. i usually top it off with some canned food from eukanaba (spelling?) or nutro
wynter wynter 10 years
We try not too but she sometimes steals stuff from the boys leftovers. We feed her an expensive, human-grade quality, organic food that is pretty much all meats and veggies - so she really doesn't need it. She does get Frosty Paws, treats, etc... so the only other things we give her is peanut butter in her kong, sometimes we'll scramble her an egg or give her yogurt since it's good for their coats, sometimes marrow bones from the deli, but that's about the extent of it.
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
it's the salt and fat content and 'human' additives that don't mix with dogs' systems'., and they often become overweight and moody. Any vet will tell you that if you wan't your pet to live a long time, stick with what is made for them and that is DOG food! Just because it doesn't look appealing to 'humans' don't mean it's not appealing to the dogs. I understand people 'feel sorry' for their pet while their pet is staring at them eating a steak or whatever....but for a longer life span on your pet, dog food is the best bet.
Candybee Candybee 10 years
Mme Hart- how cute! I love France! And as for me & my doggies (I have two vizslas) I will give them any kind of lean meat leftovers. Of course I don't give it to them right off of my plate, I save it until it is time for their dinner then I put it in their bowl as a surprise...They eat very well with this system...filet mignons, lump crab meat,etc...
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
I use to feed a dog I had a little bit of people food, like if there were some left over steak or ribs, chicken basically left over 'meat'..........the vet about chewed my head off and said, 'you are killing your dog, that's why there is dog food' I stopped!
Fitness Fitness 10 years
I feed my dog scraps, but only in her bowl. My girls on the other hand feed her all the time. Since having kids, my doggie has put on quite a few pounds. Kind of ironic?
PoohBare PoohBare 10 years
I don't feed my dog scraps but in a house with 3 kids, she ends up getting some stuff that hits the floor. Our dog is a rescue dog and they were feeding her Walmart dog food. I switched her to Nutro, Nutro Max, then Nutro Ultra. The Ultra is a holistic dog food. I feel like it is the best thing I can give her without cooking her meals myself. It has 3 proteins (chicken, lamb and salmon) along with several grains, and fish, flaxseed and sunflower oil. I grew up in a house where my parents bought the cheapest dog food but I've learned that spending more money on the food can mean fewer vet visits and better health in the longrun. P.S. This is my first non-cocker spaniel dog (German Short-haired Pointer). Cockers are such horrible beggers and they have the cute pookie faces that just melt your heart.
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
I guess the question one has to ask is what exactly did dogs eat before humans saw fit to invent dog food. LOL Of course "people food" is ok for dogs, just not all of it. Not all "people food" is ok for all people either, after all.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Wow...this is a one of those questions that points to the huge cultural divides between France and the USA. In restaurants, you can order a chien plat du jour...a plate of food specifically for your dog, who is most definitely in the same restaurant as you, sitting under the table, waiting to dine on some gorgeous French cuisine, just like a person (except the under the table part!) LOL!
JessNess JessNess 10 years
thats good. Too many people are ignorant about what they are feeding their dogs- specially store brands (there are good brands out there though)
themexcellentone themexcellentone 10 years
JessNess, we were planning to consult with a vet prior to putting our someday dog on a raw foods diet. Even if little Fido lived in the wild, he'd still need fiber and would still eat it so we'd feed veggies too, but we're planning on asking a vet what sorts of veggies to feed along with the meat. We've got a grocer that sells meat that sells meat that hasn't been raised with hormones or antibiotics. It's what we buy for ourselves, so we'd just buy a little extra for the dog too.
themexcellentone themexcellentone 10 years
Ewww...I don't think I could do that to a chicken!!! I'll just buy it at the store already dismembered. ;)
katie225 katie225 10 years
i heard on the radio once that it's a good idea to feed your dog a whole chicken. and when i say "whole chicken" i mean it. the beak, the feathers, the feet, the eyes, everything. apparently, they love it and have really shiny coats. the idea of sticking a whole chicken in a food processor, however, kind of disgusts me!
Pokemyhontas Pokemyhontas 10 years
Our Jack Russell, Petey, gets small bits of the good stuff we eat. Things like mashed sweet potato, fresh corn off the cob, bits of lean meat, natural applesauce, fat-free cheese, cooked carrots & peas, stuff like that. He gets very little though....and has been on Science Diet since he was a pup. We keep his weight at a good level, as well. He's never been overweight.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
the raw food diet for dogs aren't really categorised as "human food" cos its..well..raw! lol. vets advise not to give them food that we eat, cos it changes the moment we add stuff to the food or cook it, and tts what leads to complications cos its too complex for them to digest!
JessNess JessNess 10 years
Also another reason dogs need veggies is to aid in digest. Every dog eats grass to help with that. so really make sure you do have veggies in their diet. Please for the health of your dog dont just give them meat. Oh yeah if you are going to do a meat diet make sure you give them a high quality meat preferably from cows that have not been given hormones
JessNess JessNess 10 years
themexcellentone- if you are going to do a do it yourself meat diet for your dogs you NEED consult a vet first and get their suggestions. You are going to have make sure that you give your dogs vitamins and minerals also. Also you need to remember that not all dogs can eat the all kinds of meat. There are a lot of great websites out there with really good well balanced recipies for dog food. You do need to give them some type of veggie because even though dogs are carnivores they do still need veggies- my dogs go through my moms gardens and pick out veggies and eat them. There are a lot of good dog foods out there. One of the best is Nutro. When buying dog foods make sure that the first ingredient is a real meat not a by-product. Also avoid foods with corn products because dogs can not digest corn. Also dogs dont know to beg if you dont hand feed them. It really is as simple as that
themexcellentone themexcellentone 10 years
I don't have a dog now, but when my husband and I do finally get one, we plan on feeding it the things it would eat if it were in the wild: meat, meat and meat. Dogs are carnivores, so they need meat, not some dried up version of what people think dogs would eat otherwise. When I have owned dogs before, I also gave them eggs periodically to keep their coats shiny. It really helped!
SLB SLB 10 years
I feed my dog a lot of human food but i always know what is good and bad to give him.
michstines michstines 10 years
My pup, Sophie, doesn't get people food and won't touch it if I drop it on the floor either. I don't know how it happened but she doesn't even beg...amazing. I hope my new puppy will be this good! My cat on the other hand would eat anything you give him, too bad he's diabetic! :(
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