Don’t Feed Your Pets Human Food

 In Animal Care, Canine, Feline

There are many reasons that your pets should not eat human food. Among them:

  • Dog and cat food is fortified by law, human food is not. This means that pet foods contain proper levels of minerals, trace minerals, vitamins, protein, carbohydrates and fat – assuming appropriate pet foods are chosen for a particular breed, stage of life, activity level and medical conditions.
  • Feeding human foods dilutes the fortified nutrition found in pet foods.
  • Dogs and cats who eat human food are taught to have negative and annoying begging behavior and eventually develop pancreatitis, diabetes or both. They are often obese as well. 
  • Feeding human food to pets teaches them to be finicky and hard to please. It also greatly complicates things when pets need to be given medications or special diets.
  • Not very many dogs have food allergies, inhalant allergies are far more common. Yet it seems that dogs who eat human food are more likely to have food allergies than those who don’t.
  • A lot of human food contains unhealthy amounts of fat and salt along with unnecessary extra calories.
  • Many dog treats also contain unhealthy amounts of fat and salt along with unnecessary extra calories and also unhealthy dies and food colorings.

Some human foods are dangerous and can harm or kill your pet. Here is a list of some such foods from the Humane Society of the United States:

Alcoholic beverages, apple seeds, apricot pits, avocados, cherry pits, candy (particularly chocolate—which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets—and any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol), coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans), garlic, grapes, gum (can cause blockages and sugar free gums may contain the toxic sweetener Xylitol), hops (used in home beer brewing) macadamia nuts. moldy foods, mushroom plants, mustard seeds, onions and onion powder, peach pits, potato leaves and stems (green parts), raisins, rhubarb leaves, salt, tea (because it contains caffeine), tomato leaves and stems (green parts), walnuts, Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets), yeast dough.

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