Can I give my dog leftovers?

Yes you can give your dog leftovers and there are many reasons why you should:

1. Studies show that puppies and young dogs fed leftovers suffer fewer gastrointestinal disorders later in life.
2. Studies show that puppies and young dogs fed a kibble diet are at increased risk of suffering from gastrointestinal diseases as adult dogs.
3. Every established dog breed was developed on leftovers and tablescraps, long, long before commercial dog food was invented.

While the commercial dog food industry vehemently hates the thought of you giving your dog leftovers, there’s every good reason why you should. Forget their argument it will encourage your dog to beg. It won’t. Forget their spurious claim it will cause your dog digestive problems. It won’t. Forget their nonsensensical argument it won’t provide your dog with all the nutrients it needs. If you feed enough of it, it will. And as for their claim it may contain too much of a particular substance that can be harmful for your dog, isn’t that just what they’re doing when they encourage you to feed your dog kibble for the entirety of its life?

What they’re really trying to say is that you shouldn’t feed your pup leftovers because it might get to like them. It might get to realise it’s actually being short-changed with the same old boring diet day after day.

And by the way, we’re not talking about feeding your dog nothing but leftovers, and we’re not talking about leftover takeaways or leftovers of other totally inappropriate foods for dogs. We’re talking about leftover ingredients such as unseasoned meat and vegetables. Fresh food. Because fresh food that is good for you is also going to be good for your dog.

Give your puppy the best start in life by feeding it a minimally processed, fresh food diet. See the difference fresh food can make!

Studies show table scraps improve dog health

If you do a Google search for the term can I give my dog table scraps, don’t be surprised if all the top links answer the question negatively. They are all posted by members of Commercial Pet Food Plc, mega-rich multinational companies whose sole aim is to keep you purchasing their notoriously inferior products. They employ vast teams of people whose job it is to demonise fresh food. It’s okay for you and I to eat fresh food, but it’s not good enough for our dogs apparently.

Well I’m here to tell you it’s not fresh food that will make your dog sick. Commercial dog food will do that all on its own. And I don’t know how commercial pet food’s marketing people sleep at night with the lies they tell.

A study carried out by the University of Helsinki and published in the journal Scientific Reports shows that puppies and young dogs are better protected for life if they are fed tablescraps and leftovers. Conversely, they discovered that dogs fed a commercial diet that contained no fresh ingredients were at high risk of digestive problems later in life.

Read more about the benefits of leftovers for dogs.

Gerald Pepin

Gerald Pepin

Canine Nutritionist

Gerald Pepin is a qualified canine nutritionist, writer, speaker and homemade dog food advocate. Gerald believes that good nutrition can improve or cure most canine health problems and that the natural way is always the best way when it comes to healing man's best friend. A life-long lover of German Shepherds, Gerald and his wife The Dog Chef have two GSDs and live in rural Somerset.


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