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Can I give my pet table scraps as treats?

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You may like to treat your pets to a few bites from the dinner table. If you forget to count those calories in your pet’s diet, he can gain too much weight. Keep bites from the table as small as your pinky fingernail so the food doesn’t have too many calories per mouthful.

Sometimes, feeding your pet table scraps can lead to begging, because they know that food can be a reward. If a pet begs and you give him food, he’ll think that it’s a reward for what he did, so he’ll beg again.

If you have trouble saying no to those big eyes or whines and meows, put your pet in a different room when you eat. Or try serving him his meal at the same time that you eat yours, so he doesn’t feel left out.

From: The Right Way to Treat Your Pet WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Association for Pet Obesity Prevention: “2015 National Pet Obesity survey results.”

Julie A. Churchill, DVM, PhD, associate professor of nutrition, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.

Martha G. Cline, DVM, vice president, American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition; veterinary nutritionist, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Tinton Falls, NJ.

Nolie Parnell, DVM, clinical associate professor, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on April 1, 2018

SOURCES:

Association for Pet Obesity Prevention: “2015 National Pet Obesity survey results.”

Julie A. Churchill, DVM, PhD, associate professor of nutrition, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.

Martha G. Cline, DVM, vice president, American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition; veterinary nutritionist, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Tinton Falls, NJ.

Nolie Parnell, DVM, clinical associate professor, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on April 1, 2018

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