By, Katy Cable-TWR
A 2 min. read
Funny, there’s an age-old rumor that’s still going strong amongst dog owners. Maybe you’ve heard it too. It’s the one that says feeding your dog table scraps is a big-bad “No-No!” Well, I’m here to squelch that myth and shed some light on the surprising truth.
It always astounds me when I’m talking to pet parents about their dog’s food and I encourage them to let their pups eat table scraps! First, let me clarify that when I say table scraps I’m referring to human-grade fish, meat, fruits & vegetables. — NOT pizza and beer. People are always surprised until I reveal the science and true facts. Facts that confirm how the brilliant marketing machine driving the commercial pet food business has brainwashed us all.
Today, it is estimated over 95% of all pet owners around the globe are feeding their pets dry, commercial pet kibble. What blows my mind is that a large majority of these people honestly believe this dry kibble is all their pet needs to be healthy and thrive throughout their entire lifetime. Furthermore, they believe that supplementing this kibble with “human food” would be extremely harmful. Also, it’s better for their teeth to eat dry food. Just like eating a granola bar is a great substitute for brushing your teeth! — NOT!
How times have changed. Here’s how this ridiculous “fake news” got started in the first place. Back in 1964, pet food manufacturers were having a difficult time selling their newly invented processed pet foods. At the time, pet owners by and large were feeding their pets foods from their own kitchens. In an effort to sell products, the pet food industry pumped loads of money into launching one of the most influential campaigns the pet world had ever seen: the “ Ban All Table Scraps from your Pets’ Bowls” campaign!
Every consumer was bombarded with newspaper, magazine, radio, and TV ads warning of the dangers of eating “ table scraps!” Pet owners were urged to introduce this new “balanced diet” of “ processed” commercial pet food. Now, over 50 years later, this brilliant campaign is still going strong. So much so that even today, a majority of pet owners are still skeptical of offering their pets anything…