Ever save that piece of fat from a steak for your favorite pet? I bet you’re thinking that no harm can come from the occasional table scrap, right? Well…don’t be so sure.
According to a recent article by Drs. Foster & Smith, there are several reasons why actual dog treats are much better for your pet than table scraps.
First, you can end up creating a beggar with table scraps. As soon as your pet knows you might be willing to give them a little treat from the table there they’ll be: sitting and staring at you with those cute little eyes, just waiting for a treat. While you may be ok with that, your friends may not!
Next, table scraps don’t have nearly the nutritional value that true dog treats do. They’re lacking vitamins and minerals necessary for your dog’s diet. The empty calories provided by table scraps lead to weight gain; weight gain can lead to lots of other health problems for your pet.
If those reasons aren’t enough, feeding your pet table scraps can cause all sorts of digestive disorders. From bad gas to bad breath and more, table scraps just don’t work well with your pet’s digestive system. They need a simple, stable diet that includes treats specific to them.
Finally, using table scraps to reward or treat your dog can lead to a picky eater and even a thief! Pets will start to choose those scraps over their own food and will eventually steal food from the table or knock over trash cans to get at tasty leftovers.
Instead, stick with great treats like those available at J&M Aquatics and Pet Center! These treats are more nutritious, have fewer calories and are great for your dog’s teeth. They also help to fight off boredom and your dog’s urge to chew.