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Dog food or "people" food?

The great debate continues. It doesn't matter who you talk to, everyone has a very strong opinion as to what constitutes "healthy" food for dogs.

My doctor told me she feeds her Maltese nothing but people food because in her studies on the subject, she found that dogs that ate nothing but dog food were prone to diabetes because of the high level of carbohydrates in dog food.

My friend had a dog growing up that got nothing but rice and fresh cooked ground beef and whatever else he managed to scrounge up on their family farm. Their dog was healthy until he passed away at the age of 18.

I think people food is fine, as long as you know what is toxic (onions, chocolate, etc.), what is unhealthy and what they can eat. You have to believe that these little creatures want variety just like we do.

I've done a lot of research on the topic. Right now, my dogs have dog food that they snack on. Each day they get some meat - liver, ground beef or steak. Sometimes a bit of chicken or turkey but you have to be careful with that as it can give them the runs. They get rice, whole grain crackers and they love fresh vegetables, especially lettuce, cucumber, celery and baby carrots. I can't eat a salad without them going goofy if I don't give them any so I make little salads for them. It doesn't take much to add some fresh vegetables and put it on a plate for them.

They are happy and healthy. My vet says that they are two of the healthiest dogs he's ever seen. Their coats are thick and shiny...their eyes are bright...their teeth are strong and white...and they are bursting with energy.

So, it's your choice. But after doing my research, I've found that feeding them a mixture of meat, vegetables, grains and the odd bit of dog food keeps them at their best.


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