We have all done it.
Our cute, little furry friend is practically smiling at us from beneath the kitchen table.
The ears are perked and the tail is wagging.
We know what our dog is after.
Just a tiny tidbit from dinner would be delightful, right? What could it hurt? It is just a bite or two after all.
A dog's diet really should not contain table scraps.
People food is just that...for people.
A dog's nutritional needs are not the same as a human's.
Sure, we eat some of the same things, but feeding your pet from the table is one of the biggest mistakes for your pet.
A dog's diet doesn't require all the added goodies we put into our meals.
Even a few pounds over weight can really make a difference in the quality and length of your pet's life.
When you have a dog who is not a picky eater, it can be tempting to let your pet be the garbage disposal in the home, but really, this is not a good idea.
Grapes, for example, have been known to cause serious problems for dogs, even death.
Chicken bones and popcorn can also be a problem for your dog.
Permitting large quantities of chocolate can be dangerous in a dog's diet.
Shows the malnutrition in the yard.
When your dog's diet is not at its best, the outputs of your pet be greater in magnitude of the chaos and the smell.
Benefits of choosing a healthy diet for your dog will be noticeable in your pet's health, as well as, during those walks around the block.
There are a few occasions when a supplement or treat from the kitchen may be alright, but never in excess.
Talk to your veterinarian about healthy snacks for your dog's diet.
If you simply must continue feeding Fido at the table, many vets recommend you give your pet ice cubes or pieces of carrot to munch on between scheduled feeding times.
So, the next time your beloved pet starts eyeing your grub, redirect his or her attention.
Don't reach for your fatty steak or chicken leg. Instead, toss your buddy a cool, refreshing ice cube to bat around and munch on.
A couple of baby carrots will keep Fido happy and leave you feeling good about your choices for the nutritional value of your dog's diet.
You will know that you are doing your best to maintain a high-quality diet for your pet.