5 Reasons Not to Feed Your Dog Human “Junk Food”

February 16, 2016

junk food carterBy Laurie Darroch

As tempting as it might be to share your junk food with your dog, it’s not only unhealthy for you to eat, but for your dog as well. It may make your canine friend happy to chow down on your junk food, but the possible detrimental effects are not worth the enjoyment your dog will get.

If you give your dog the option to eat junk food and fast food, they may develop a preference for those tastes instead of food that provides the correct nutrition, fat content and overall good health benefits.

Fat Content

Sweet treats, flavored chips and fast food are often high in fat content. Of course they are enticing and tasty; they are meant to be, in order to keep you coming back for more. However, that does not mean they are healthy for you, and they are not good for your dog either. Good quality fat is a benefit for your dog, but junk food and fast food is often full of unhealthy fats. Obviously an athletic dog such as a sled dog can handle more fat  in their diet than a sedentary dog that spends a great deal of time indoors, but even so, the choice of foods and type of fat in the food they eat is important.

Dangerous Ingredients

What tastes great to us as flavoring in our junk food may in fact be dangerous for your dog. Even natural flavorings can make your dog extremely ill. Flavorings such as onion, garlic, chocolate, the sweetener Xylitol, raisins, salt and paprika, to name a few, can cause reactions in your dog ranging from allergic skin and G.I. reactions to vomiting, seizures, lethargy and even death in extreme instances. Just because you can easily consume and process various ingredients with no problems does not mean your dog can.

Low Nutrients

Junk food is full of empty low nutrition content. It is much better to keep a bag of high nutrient, healthy content such as CANIDAE dog food with you wherever you go. If you can’t resist the junk food, don’t get your dog used to consuming the same food you eat on impulse. Give them a healthier option to help keep their stomach full and put good nutrition in their diet. Empty calories can make your dog gain weight.

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Once you expose your dog to the fun of consuming junk food, they will get used to sharing it with you. If they don’t taste it or never experience it, they will not be as drawn to it. A dog’s needs are simple. He does not need all the extras that junk food contains. Dogs also do not need to develop pleasant associations with eating food that is not good for them.

High Salt or Sugar Content

Read the labels on your bags of chips, pretzels, cookies and so forth. Junk food often contains a high percentage of processed sugars and salt to give it the flavors you love so much. A dog who gets used to consuming too much of this can gain weight. It may also affect how they process food, contributing to the development of obesity and possibly diabetes.  Too much sodium can lead to dehydration and increased urination. Salt and sugar can make a dog very sick.

Healthy treats and wholesome dog food such as CANIDAE are a much better choice for your dog to munch on than our human junk foods. CANIDAE is made with your dog’s overall health and good condition in mind.

As much as you may like to share your junk food treats with your four legged friend, a handful of CANIDAE grain free biscuits are a much healthier and more appropriate, loving choice for your dog.  Even though your dog would no doubt happily consume junk food and fast food, it is best to keep them away from all of it.

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