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The Downsides Of Table FoodOkay, so now you know table food isn't the best idea, but why? Table foods can cause all sorts of unpleasantries such as diarrhea and vomit. No fun. The more concerning thing about it is that there are many types of table food that can do a lot of damage to your dog. And beware: certain foods are downright toxic for your pets. Beyond the health risks, regularly feeding your dog table food may do harm to his habits. He's going to want that burger! He's going to want that bagel! He'll stand by for yummy eats every darn night. At this point, you're changing his habits and creating expectations. Ones that you may not appreciate as time goes by as the cute factor wears off.
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If You Just Can't Resist Giving Table Scraps . . .If you absolutely just can't resist, or if you have that one dinner guest who refuses to listen, then try to follow a few basic rules.
- Keep it simple. No cake. No chips. No candy. No fried food. Use common sense and think about what is obviously not going to go well.
- Keep it light. It's all in moderation. Look at the big picture â€“ if your dog gets scraps at breakfast, does he really need his entire bowl of dog food, too? Try to balance it out so that you're not completely disrupting his daily calorie intake.
- Keep it healthy. Educate yourself ontoxic foods for dogs. The list includes things that seem innocent, or even beneficial, such as avocados, peaches, and grapes. What's good for you may be poisonous for your dog.