As your home is infused with lovely aromas of roast turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pies, it’s truly okay to indulge your dog with a bit of table food. (No, the dog didn’t hack this page.) A small portion of roast turkey without skin is low in calories, fat and cholesterol. The scent woos a dog like nothing else.
Some experts say that a dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 to 100,000 times more acute than a human’s. And the part of a dog’s brain that’s devoted to analyzing smell is roughly 40 times greater than the human counterpart.
Alexandra Herowitz’s book the Inside of a Dog compares a human’s sense of taste and a dog’s sensitivity to odors. You might notice that a cup of coffee has a teaspoon of sugar. If taste were smell, a dog could detect a teaspoon of sugar in a million gallons of water – that’s enough to fill two Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The point is that your dinner talks to your dog more than you realize. Feeding your dog a small amount of table foods can be an occasional reward – as long as it doesn’t make up more than 10% of your dog’s total diet.
Here are some ideas for healthy table foods for your dog:
•Lean Chicken (no bones!)
•Air popped Popcorn
•Plain rice cake
•Canned tuna in water
•Lean turkey breast
Experiment a little. Some dogs adore green peppers, and some may not touch them.
Note, however, that the following foods are dangerous for your dog:
•Onions and garlic
•Raw bread dough
A healthy diet contributes to your furry baby’s long, happy life. If you have any questions about your pet’s diet, give us a call! We’ll make sure that your pet is only gobbling up things that make for a happy, long, thankful life!