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    Hello all new to forum so be nice

    Our families have 2 pekingese pure breads

    My mother usually feeds them our dinner leftovers as well as dog food but I think more so the leftovers. I am wondering whether this is a good or bad thing?

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    Dog food is designed to give dogs the exact nutrients they need so the dogs might be lacking some vital nutrients they need like protein.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lscot136 View Post
    Dog food is designed to give dogs the exact nutrients they need so the dogs might be lacking some vital nutrients they need like protein.
    Very true.

    They might also be lacking some of the main vitamins they require. They may also lack a lot of calcium, which is very important - just like protein.

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    As above, dinner left-overs are not a nutritionally balanced meal for a dog.

    It's one thing if your mother is feeding them a few left-overs, but the main bulk of their diet is balanced. It's another if (like you suspect) the main bulk of it seems to be the left-overs. That's NOT good.

    Talk to your mum, or print her out some articles on dog nutrition for her to peruse and learn from.

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    Pure breads huh?
    Plus, a few things that are in human foods can be dangerous for dogs.
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    Hi Whitesnake. I just ADORE Pekes.

    They can be prone to putting on extra weight though which is really not good for them at all and can be hard to spot creeping up under their coat. Thie body shape and peculiar gait can also hide extra fat very well.

    Leftovers are often a big culprit in dogs becoming overweight or obese. If you have food possessive dogs as well - they can increase this as they are very tasty and highly sought after. So the dogs will squabble to get more - just like kids wanting to eat lollies!

    Have a chat to your mum and try and point out that leftovers might not be healthy for the dogs, and getting overweight can dramatically reduce their lifespan. Maybe buy or make some healthy dog snacks and keep them someplace handy for your mum to dish out instead?

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    Does depend a lot what is in the left overs.

    Too much fat is bad - so my dog does not get the fatty trimmings that I don't want to eat either. And she's not real keen on vegies like snow peas.

    Carrots are good. Actual meat (trimmed of fat) is good. Gravy is probably ok but not enough by itself. I've got mixed feelings about pasta - I don't deliberately feed that to my dog. Wholemeal pasta or bread has got to be better than the white refined flour stuff though.

    Foods that are bad for dogs are a bit varied, chocolate definite no no, carob is ok.
    Walnuts - not for dogs. Not macadamias either, not to mention they're too expensive to let your dog get any. Peanut - a little bit in a kong is good / ok - never mind it makes me nauseus.
    Tomatos - supposedly bad - but our aussie terrier used to pick them off the bush and eat them. I found a web article that suggested the fruit is ok, it's the bush that's bad (leaves and stuff). Peas are ok if your dog will eat them. Frosty won't.
    Onions are bad. If your dog doesn't get sick, its farts may kill you.
    a small amount of garlic is ok, go figure.
    cooked bones are very very bad. Can lead to gut blockages or piercings and make your vet wealthy.
    fish is good.
    corn cobs are really really bad and clag up the insides. The corn is ok to feed but seems to go through unprocessed, so is at best, just a marker for how fast your dog's gut is working, and to let you know which poo belongs to your dog and not someone else's.

    I found a couple of articles that suggest raisins and grapes are bad for dogs. But, we used to feed dog pills in a raisin, so maybe one or two are ok but the whole packet/bunch is bad. I know green unripe grapes make me ill and so do too many raisins (laxative effect).

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    My Dogs get left overs mixed in with their regular food most nights,i always avoid mixing anything that will react badly with them though,i.e onion/chocolate.

    I dont know if Potato is bad but friends told me they were told not to let their Lab eat them? So i dont give them to my dogs.

    They usually get vegetables & meats chicken,lamb or beef diced up & mixed in.

    With vegetables they get carrots,beans,peas & corn.

    I give them those 1/2 cobs that you get in the freezer section extra juicy i think theyre called,they've never tried eating the actual core though.Just eat off all the corn & leave the cores in the yard for me to pick up.

    Whatever they dont like they either leave in or around the bowl.
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    I don't think the occasional spud is bad, but they are from the same family as deadly night shade - tomatos also. So moderation would be key.

    Sweet potato though - is from some other plant family and is fine. So that along with carrot is what i put in the dog casserole among other things.

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