Table Scraps

Dogs may enjoy a table scrap or two, but that doesn’t mean they should be a large part of your dog’s diet. That’s because most human food doesn’t provide the complete and balanced nutrition dogs need. Treats should be limited to no more than 10% of their total daily calories. Ask your veterinarian if these are ok for your dog. In general, table scraps are not good for your dog and we recommend avoiding them.

Should I give my puppy a bite of what I’m eating?

A diet of table scraps can create an imbalance in pet nutritional needs, and the added spices may upset puppy’s stomach. Making a nutritionally balanced meal for your pet from foods similar to yours is possible, but your leftovers won’t do it. The easiest and most efficient way to feed your dog is by using a good-quality pet food.

There are many nutritional pet-specific snacks available. Peanut butter can also be a good snack, and it certainly entertains a puppy if you stuff some into a toy. No more than a teaspoon is necessary. Never, never, never feed your puppy chocolate, no matter how longingly he looks at your snack. Chocolate can be toxic to pets. Keep in mind your puppy’s feeding schedule and amount of exercise. If your puppy gains too much weight, cut back on the extras.