Dog Health Nutrition and Obesity
Although many people tend to do this,feeding table scraps to a dog is not good dog health nutrition and is not generally recommended, at least not in excess. Dogs will get ample correct nutrition from their natural, normal diet that's designed for a dog. Otherwise, just as in humans, their diet must consist of the appropriate mix of nutrients, carbohydrates, and proteins, with the appropriate mix to provide all of the minerals and vitamins that they need.
A human diet is not ideal for a dog; wild dogs can usually get all the nutrients needed from a diet of whole prey and raw meat. The concept of a "balanced" diet for a carnivorous dog is not the same in an omnivorous human. In addition, the scraps often consist of fat rather than meat protein, which is no better for dogs than it is for humans. Lastly, many people overfeed their dogs by giving them all the table scraps that the dogs will eat—which is usually all the table scraps they are fed, which is often too much food.
This Australian Cattle Dog's obesity poses a health risk for the dog.The result of too much food is obesity, an increasingly common problem in dogs, which can cause numerous health problems just as it does in humans, although dogs are much less susceptible to the common cardiac and arterial consequences of obesity than humans are.
Additionally, the feeding of table scraps directly from the table (as opposed to taking scraps after the meal, and giving them in the dog's food dish as a treat) can lead to trained begging behavior on the part of the dog, or even encourage the dog to reach up and take food directly from the table. These are normally seen as undesirable behavioral traits in a dog.
Coprophagia - A treat of ice cream could make this dog sick. Many dogs have a fondness for eating feces. Some consume their own or other dogs' feces; others seem to prefer cat feces (which, due to the feline digestive system, are high in protein and consumed by many animals in the wild), and some may even raid a kitty litter box for "treats". This can be unsafe for the dog's health if the animal producing the feces has any diseases or parasites or has recently ingested drugs that might be poisonous.
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