Environment & Animals
Don’t give anything to your best friend!
At the end of meals, many dog owners tend to avoid throwing away leftovers. Instead of the trash, the surplus of their meal often ends up in the dog’s bowl. But is it a good idea? And above all, what food can you give your dog, and which is better to avoid?
The good and the bad
The food we eat every day is not suitable for dogs. It can even be dangerous for them. But there are a few foods that break this rule and may even prove beneficial for our canine friends. Here are a few :
- Cooked and incomplete rice and pasta
- Lean and well-cooked meat
- Steamed vegetables (Attention, it is forbidden to give avocados)
- Dry and hard bread, wholemeal or cereal
- Baked oat flakes
All of these foods can be eaten by your dog, although it is recommended that serving leftovers to your pooch be an occasional practice. It is also important to specify that certain foods are absolutely not to be given to your dog, otherwise he will be sick. Here is a non-exhaustive list :
- Chocolate is a real poison (presence of theobromine)
- The bones (risk of perforation and internal lesions)
- The family of onions, shallots, garlic, leek…
- The alcohol
- salty foods
- Lactose (cow’s milk)
- Potato raw (poison) and cooked (to avoid)
- Certain fruits and vegetables: avocado, mushrooms, grapes, plums, pears, cherries, apricots, etc.
- Certain dried fruits: cashews and macadamia nuts (very toxic!)
- egg white
- Candies and sweets (risk of diabetes)
A habit to limit
Table scraps are very often made up of foods that are difficult for your dog to digest. Also, it is better to prepare something for him based on the information above, rather than simply pouring your plate still full in the bowl. The fat and sugar content of certain foods make many dishes too caloric. The food needs of the dog are indeed very different from ours, and some ingredients that may seem harmless to us can even be harmful for him in the long term.
The dog may also be at risk of obesity. Meal leftovers can also be the cause of a dietary imbalance or pathologies in old age such as diabetes and kidney failure. It is more advisable to recommend foods suitable for dogs, and to please him with treats specially designed for dogs. All this, always in moderation!