March 16, 2016

A Veterinarian’s Suggestion for Healthy Table Scraps

Many responsible pet owners feel as if feeding pets from the table is a sign of poor discipline that promotes a dog or cat’s needy behavior.

But let’s face a scientific fact: they’re pretty darn cute and hard to resist when they beg. So why not give your pets what they want?

As a veterinarian, I actually feed my own pets “people food,” and I recommend that my patients do the same.

Yes, I recommend taking your dog or cat off store-bought, mass-produced pet food.

Instead, it’s much healthier to feed your pet quality ingredients that you and your human family would eat.

However, knowledge is power, especially when it comes to health. While it’s not such a stellar idea to feed your dog or cat any old table scraps, there are safe and healthy “people foods” that will improve your animal's health.

Proteins that you can feed to your pet.

Turkey breast, pork shoulder, beef, duck, and whitefish are all good for your pet—and trust me, your dog will love the idea of chowing down on this stuff. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to feed your animal just any meat.
For example, I try to avoid ground products in general, because they have lower protein content. If price is a concern, chuck roast is an inexpensive cut of beef that you can purchase in place of ground beef.

Brassica vegetables that improve your animal’s health.

Vegetables are as good for pets as they are for humans. Brassica vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, and kohlrabi are among the best choices.

While you may have trouble getting your pet to consume brassica vegetables, you can easily cook vegetables into your pet’s food. This helps to introduce the dog’s digestive system to increased vegetable fiber, and prevents discomfort due to gas.

Non-brassica vegetables are okay, as well.

When you decide to start feeding your pet more people food, vegetables are an integral part of the diet transition.

However, you don’t have to stick to a strict menu of brassica vegetables.

I encourage you to use what is locally available and in season. These can include zucchini, green beans, squash, pumpkin, and whatever else is available at your local farmer’s market.

This isn’t about “food scraps.” It’s about lifestyle change.

All of these foods I’ve mentioned are completely safe and healthy to give to your pet. In fact, you can make a permanent shift away from mass-produced pet food and transition into cooking for your pet.

When you do this, using The Original CrockPET Diet®, you will…

  • Provide a healthy, balanced diet for your pet, not factory-made corn and animal by-products.
  • Decrease the most common pet health issues, such as skin irritation, joint pain, and extreme fatigue.
  • Save thousands on unnecessary vet bills that pile up from preventable diseases.
  • Give yourself the satisfaction of knowing that you’re making the right decision for the furry guy or girl that you care about.  

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Cheers to a Lifetime of Great Health!
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