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As long as you keep the portions in check, it’s fine to offer some human food to your pet. To help keep their weight in check, keep bites from the table as small as your pinky fingernail. Those calories count in your pet’s diet, too.

Sometimes, feeding your pet from the table can lead to begging. They may think you giving them food is a reward, so they'll do it again.

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

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

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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 01, 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 01, 2018

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