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Old 01-03-2014, 08:42 PM
 
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I have a friend who has 2 dogs. She feeds them a lot of people food. I've seen her feed them bacon, sandwiches with mayo on it, hamburger (no buns) from fast food. When they go to a mexican restaurant, she brings them home their leftovers. One of her dog (black lab) is slightly overweight.

We have a dog and 5 cats. The cats gets no people food (unless they get into it on their own LOL). Our dog only gets a piece of turkey on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Other than that she get no people food.

My question is can people food shorten a dog's life?

Thank You,

Bernice
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:48 PM
 
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When you think about it, "people food" scraps created the domestic dog in the first place.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:17 PM
 
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People food must be just fine, they make human quality pet food don't they. Isn't all the dog food the same things we eat? Reading the labels it seems so. My dogs have gotten table scraps for 65 years of having dogs. If they caused any deaths, they died dang happy. Some got chubby others didn't. Depends on the activity of the dog. I have two now, one chubby the other not, both get bites of most things I eat, and some scraps but not chocolate, raisins, onions or large amounts of fat.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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Dog owners should be more concerned about the horrible crap most commercial dog foods are, than whether or not some table scraps are harmful.

It's funny but when we board a dog and the owner brings some of this junk kibble my dogs won't even sniff the bowl and once the boarding dog has tasted some real dog food it won't sniff it's own kibble any more either.
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:01 PM
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Location: Paradise
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My five dogs eat a high quality grain free kibble but get lots of human food as well...fruits and veggies and usually a small bite of whatever we're having.

I make a "mash" from sweet potatoes, carrots and apples as a food topper...they get a spoonful of that every evening. I'm in total agreement with "lucknow" about crappy commercial dog foods.
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:10 PM
 
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My Depression Era Grandparents never bought food for the dog, or cat. Animals got fed table scraps, with a bowl of corn mush, or rice.
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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Black beans, cabbage and canned pumpkin are people food, and Nanners gets a portion of all three twice a day.
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:42 PM
 
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My mutt does not get any people food or table scrapes that he can identify as coming from the table. I made the horrible mistake of once giving him a small piece of Swiss cheese from a slice and now, he can hear the refrigerator’s cheese draw open while out back, under the leaves, fast asleep.

Whenever he got people/table food by mistake, it's burned into his memory for ever. He remembers that 5 years ago, Aunt Francy dropped a piece of meat loaf on the floor and whenever she’s over, he's begging for his meatloaf. Cousin Ed can't even have anything with peanut butter without Hank shoving his head into his belly looking for that taste of and accidental crump of PB&J.

No, Hank needs to only associate food with his food or he will never ever leave us alone.
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Old 01-04-2014, 07:46 AM
 
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I give my dogs "people" food, but do it selectively. Their "people" food is generally prepared specifically for them and put in their dishes at the counter.

Although I do not label myself as a vegetarian, I eat very, very little meat; so most of the fresh meat that I purchase is for the pups and other members of the family. I set aside the dogs' portions and they get their meat raw. If there are leftovers from dinner (which is rare), the dogs can usually have them...unless someone has salted or put hot sauce or something like that on it.

All of my pups love cucumbers, so I cut one up and let them have it as a treat when I am juicing vegetables for the family. My puppy goes crazy for cherry tomatoes, so I let her pick the ripe ones out of the garden to play with and eventually eat.

I suppose it all depends on what you label as "people" food, but I don't think there is anything wrong with feeding our pups some of the same things that we eat. That said, nobody (human and dog alike) is eating bacon and mayo sandwiches here...too much salt and fat at one sitting.

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Old 01-04-2014, 08:39 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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the big issues with people food are not from the food itself but the junk people do to it...

the added chemicals, colors, and salts are an issue...
as is FRIED food

a burger is fine....
a burger that's been made out of beef scraps, bleached to remove the flavor, then chemically treated to make it taste like beef again...not so much
chicken is fine...chicken that's been deep fried...not so much
mayo is fine...the stuff most places call mayo made out of hydrogenated vegetable oil and a chemical mess is not
nothing wrong with bacon in small amounts but in large amounts its HEAVILY salted during the curing process so in large amounts can cause issues...

leftovers you've got to be carefull with, especially when its form a resutaunt, dogs should have onions or large amounts of garlic, both of which can be main ingredients in many resturaunt flavoring cabinates...
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