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Why is it bad to give dogs people food?

They eat anything and everything they can get a hold of anyway I give my dogs dog food but sometimes I have leftovers and give that to them as well and they seem to love it.

If I were to give them nothing but dog food...what do you recommend dog food that is not too expensive either
something good for their health as well .
Thanks Ladies!!!

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:46 PM on Feb. 22, 2011 in Pets

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  • it's not bad. it's just cheaper to feed them dog food. it's very good for their skin and coats to mix a raw egg into their food as well

    Answer by momofone725 at 3:47 PM on Feb. 22, 2011

  • My understanding is they do not process it the way we do. Also we have a lot of things in our foods that are not good for dogs/cats/etc. Here's a "bump" so someone who is actually knowledgeable can help you, lol.

    Answer by Mom2theboy1994 at 3:48 PM on Feb. 22, 2011

  • It has to do with their digestive system. But, I have a Chihuahua, and a Chi-Pom mix, and they eat whatever we do, including fresh fruit and vegetables, and they are both just fine, and still eat their dog food, as well.

    Answer by cbk_mom3 at 3:48 PM on Feb. 22, 2011

  • Okay....Dog food (when it isn't full of fillers) provides dogs with the proper nutrients. Look for a dog food without ANY CORN products No corn meal, no corn by-products. Many dogs are allergic to corn and no dog can properly digest corn products.

    People food - occasional left overs won't hurt them provided that it is occasional AND doesn't contain any thing that will harm them.


    Answer by twinsplus2more at 3:49 PM on Feb. 22, 2011

  • U can't feed them people food because it will make them very sick!!! Pedigree is good,so is alpo.

    Answer by dancer at 3:50 PM on Feb. 22, 2011

  • There isn't 'people' or 'dog' food... it's all nutrients, protein, carbs etc.

    A steak meant for a human doesn't make a dog sick because it's 'human' food. There are certain things that will make dogs ill, as there are things that will make people ill.

    You need to understand the nutritional requirements of dogs. Does are meant to eat lots of meat. Lots and lots of it. That's what they eat in the wild, that's what their ancestors eat, that's what they need. Dogs have been living with humans for thousands upon thousands of years, and we've only had 'dog' food for about 90. If that.
    If you want to research it, look into dog nutrition., but for starters, find out what's toxic... and find a good quality dog food.

    Good quality means no grains or starches... they are simply 'filler' and provide absolutely no nutrition, as dogs cannot process them.

    Good luck,

    Answer by Piskie at 4:07 PM on Feb. 22, 2011

  • Pedigree and Alpo are NOT NOT NOT healthy foods, to whoever said that! Those foods, along with Purina, Iams, Science Diet, Ol Roy, etc are absolute crap...filled with corn, wheat, soy, nasty byproducts/chemicals, and/or artificial colors/preservatives! Most "people food" is better for dogs than actual "dog food". You just have to watch for things that are toxic to dogs and also be sure it isn't too fatty/greasey/spicey. My dogs eat Taste of the Wild. They get a raw egg once a wk and occassionally get bits of raw or cooked meat or raw veggies/fruit.

    Answer by CollinBayleeMom at 4:48 PM on Feb. 22, 2011

  • All dogs are basically wolves inside, even after all these years. Many are actually allergic to what is passed off as 'pet food', and a great deal of what is in those bags is just junk, offal, and rendered fat to make it palatable enough that a dog (or cat) will eat it.

    You can give your dog 'people' food, but it's much better for them if you feed it to them raw, rather than cooked. Meat (not pork), bones, raw veggies, raw fruit (not grapes or raisins!!), raw eggs occasionally, good quality/homemade yogurt, cottage cheese ... these will not hurt your dog. You should give small amounts initially so you don't upset their stomach. Most of all you should pick up a few good nutritional guides for dogs. And, for the record, vets are NOT taught nutrition. It's an elective. They tell you what the salespeople tell them about the food they sell ... and they sell the same glop the stores sell, but it costs more.

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 7:01 PM on Feb. 22, 2011

  • Never give your dog grapes, raisins or chocolate. They are toxic to dogs. Also don't give them bones from steaks. The bones splinter and can cause intestinal problems.

    Answer by Inloveagain at 9:05 PM on Feb. 22, 2011

  • Natural Balance & Wellness, are also 2 excellent grain free brands of dog food out there. PLEASE stay away from junk foods with fillers like corn, wheat, soy, meat by-products etc. Supplement their diet with grain free wet food as well. An all dry diet is NOT good for cats or dogs. People foods do not have the necessary nutrients in them that your dog needs. As a treat once in a great while it's fine, but not as a steady diet. I agree with the other poster; plain yogurt, & certain fruits or raw or cooked veggies are a much better treat than people food. They make grain free treats as well. Grain free foods are more expensive, but in the long run you'll spend less because your dog will stay full longer, due to not ingesting cheap fillers/carbs. They also poop less on a good grain free food, & the bonus is--it doesnt smell nearly as bad as when they eat junk food. Pedigree is nothing but junk, as is Purina & Alpo.

    Answer by RubyinPA at 9:10 AM on Feb. 23, 2011

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