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Just what is junk food?

There are certain foods dogs should never eat. Highly-processed junk food is amongst them. Feeding dogs junk food is a complete no-no. Junk food is not good for humans – it is positively harmful for dogs!

While precise definitions vary, Wikipedia describes junk food as “food that is high in calories from sugar and/or fat, and possibly also sodium, but with little dietary fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, or other important forms of nutritional value”.

By that definition, junk food would have to include fast food leftovers. Things like takeaway curries, burgers, hotdogs, pizza, doner kebabs and French fries.

It would also include crisps and other salty snacks, sweets, biscuits, cakes and the likes of non-dog-safe ice cream. Foods that are high in calories but provide no beneficial nutrients.

Junk food is unhealthy

Junk food is unhealthy. Feeding dogs junk food should be avoided. Please don’t kill your dog with kindness.

You might feel like you’re rewarding your pet with that odd slice of pizza or digestive biscuit or two, but you are not. You are effectively poisoning your best friend. And are increasing its risk of obesity and heart disease. Furthermore, you run the risk one day of stepping over the edge. Of inadvertently feeding something that is not only unhealthy, but immediately life threatening because of its degree of canine toxicity!

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Foods obviously toxic to dogs

While no junk food is safe for your dog, there are also a limited number of other ‘human foods’ you should never feed your dog. These include chocolate, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts and anything that contains the artificial sweetener, xylitol.

Table scraps

The commercial pet food industry makes much of telling you to avoid feeding your dog table scraps. Table scraps are not the enemy here. The likes of excess vegetables or a little meat from your own table, providing they are not laden with salt or sauces is just fine. Over hundreds and in some cases thousands of years, various breeds of dogs have been honed to perfection on what some today ridicule as table scraps.

But do please be mindful of feeding dogs junk food. They don’t need it in their diet any more than you and I do!

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