Dr. Karen Becker Reveals the Truth About Table Food and Dogs


Many vets and animal nutritionists recommend pet owners avoid feeding table food to their dogs. Yet others insist “people food” can be an excellent source of nutrition for our four-legged friends.

In this video, Dr. Karen Becker reveals the surprising truth about dogs and table food.

Got your own opinion about dogs and table food? Or maybe your own favorite recipe?

Just leave a comment below. Or be sure to check back for some ideas from some of our other readers.

  • Mario Bailey

    Just keeping it real, supporting a person with common sense (which isn’t always common…lol).

  • Shawna

    Awe, thank you Mario Bailey!! You made my night!!!!!!!

  • Mario Bailey

    Is it store bought dressing, if so it most likely has sugar as the 3rd ingredient, salt as the 5th ingredient and worst of all Propylene Glycol as the 8th ingredient (it is found in anti freeze). Best if the dog just eats the veggies. Stay strong and safe Bekakncraft.

  • Mario Bailey

    Awesome!!! I ask most people if they would eat a strict
    diet of Kraft Dinner every meal, every day? Most say, well, I won’t print that. lol But seriously, that is what kibble is, dead, dry and over processed.

  • Mario Bailey

    Here is a link, btw, I have 3 Yorkies and a toy poodle… http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/02/15/raw-meat-the-best-and-healthiest-diet-for-pet-cats-and-dogs.aspx#! Living food is the best food for us and them!!! Stay strong and safe Nina and all the best for the little one!

  • Mario Bailey

    You are a very smart person. Keep up the vigilance. Stay strong and safe Shawna.

  • Mario Bailey

    Raisins, grapes, chocolate, onion…NOT A CHANCE would I allow my dogs to eat these! My philosophy is…better safe than sorry, so mine get ZERO and I am fine with that!!!

  • Dori

    Plain yogurt or plain greek yogurt is fine. Not sugar free because sugar free will almost always have something artificial to sweeten the taste and could be dangerous for your dog. Xylitol, as Crazy4cats is highly toxic to animals. Please read ingredients carefully.

  • theBCnut

    Plain unflavored, unsweetened yogurt is fine, but if it’s artificially sweetened, then no.

  • Crazy4cats

    If you do feed sugar free yogurt, please make sure it does not use xylitol as it’s artificial sweetener. Here’s why: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/red-flag-ingredients/xylitol-dog/

  • Janelgo

    I would like to know if it is okay to give a treat of sugar free yogurt to my dog? I see articles that say it is okay, and some that say, no.

  • Gary L. Dorion

    Thanks much – great video!

  • Well I haven’t found those strips. I haven’t used them in a while. I stopped testing at around pH of 7.5.

  • Crazy4dogs

    If your mother will continue to feed him wet food, I would definitely feed him wet food. My dogs never eat just dry kibble. Always eating just dry food leaves your dog in a state of constant slight dehydration.
    It’s almost sad to think a dog is “well trained” on hard food. All living things should eat real food. If you do, just start with small portions as he is probably not used to it. The easiest is to mix a bit of wet in with the dry he’s used to.

  • I’ll get back to you. I’ll have to find my test strips!

  • Heather Nicole Mattingly

    My mother went out of town and she is convinced that I should give her dog soft food to encourage him to eat while she is gone. He is well trained on hard food and I am concerned that letting him have soft food mixed with his regular food will actually lead to consequences, like him being addicted to the soft food mixed with his regular food. What should I do?

  • Will he eat canned dog food? Ideally if you can add fresh food, you can add up to 20% to his meals without making his diet unbalanced. Dr Becker’s recipe book also includes a vitamin recipe if home cooking is something you’re interested in or would like to mix dog food with balanced home cooked without worrying about the 20%. Also check into rotational feeding or offering a variety of foods. There are some websites you might look at – vitalanimal, b-naturals, mercola (pet section), dogs4dogs.

  • Destiny Broughton

    So, I have a 1 1/2 yr old American bully. He is the most amazing dog I’ve ever owned and I want him to be around forever, if that was possible. But I rescued him and when I got him home he wouldn’t eat dog food, even the $58 bag of Blue wilderness, so I would mix inn some people food and he would use his nose to push all the dog food out of the bowl to eat any table food. Now, whether it’s feeding him certain table foods or not, I don’t care either way. I just want to know what is going to give him a long healthy life. He’s very very muscular, basically he’s ripped it looks like he’s flexing when he’s just standing there. (Common in his breed) What foods are best for him? What about the dog vitamins they have out now? Any sound advice is appreciated. He’s the most amazingly good and living dog in the world.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    There is a great site called dogaware.com that has some recipes. Make sure you are feeding a balanced diet if it is home cooked, don’t just feed some protein and carbs. Also, consider using a pre mix (complete diet except for meat.) such as The Honest Kitchen Preference or See Spot Live Longer.

  • lisa

    I need help my dog has a texture problem when it comes to dog food , so I boil chicken and make rice and blend them with some green beans , slowly adding carrots and fruits , can you tell me what I can try so she gets her vitamins or suggest a powder I can add for vitamins , She’s 1 year old and is 7 lb shuzpoo HELP she’s so picky.

  • aimee

    There are retrospective studies published. Those are easy to find, some of which are referenced in this thread. There are no prospective studies that I know of, but this is true for a lot of things.
    For example, there are no prospective studies which show that wearing a parachute while jumping out of a plane prevents injury. I’m not willing to volunteer to be in the control group for that study, will you?
    Similarly I, like the original poster, won’t be feeding my dogs grapes or raisins.

  • Pk Shader

    When you are done pulling your head out of the sand and insulting people to make yourself feel better about blindly accepting mis- information to make yourself feel better about your choices or lack there of, please post the links to the scientific studies you have read on grape/raisin toxicity in dogs.

  • Wow PK Shader, that was an amazingly reliable medical source you listed. Are you some sort of veterinarian, scientist, specialist, or grape grower? We appreciate the technical portions you provided, but I’m still not going to let my dog eat a piece of chocolate or have a raisin! I DO personally know of dogs who have either gone into renal failure and lived and one who did not after eating raisins.
    For pet lovers such as myself, it is far better to err on the side of safety, than to trust one lone article accusing the AVMA of “rhetoric” and inferring that there is a conspiracy against grape growers, raisin makers and chocolate manufacturers. REALLY?
    I still buy chocolate, grapes AND raisins for eating, I am just very careful that my dogs don’t get any at all or have access in any way.
    No offense, but the “dog place” website holding a 2 week survey does not “debunk” the entire raisin/grape toxicity issue. Do you really think that a bunch of pet loving dog owners are going to go ahead and feed their dogs as many grapes/raisins as they can to see if they get poisoned or not? Reality check there. That sight is NOT the authority on this issue, nor is any one place. You go ahead and feed your dogs all the raisins, grapes and chocolate that you want, but don’t “shame” a vet for trying to do good by giving advice to people on how to protect their pets.

  • Linda/Farley

    Hi Gayle. In answer to your question about the cranberries… sometimes I use the raw cranberries when they are readily available. When they are not easy to obtain when not in season I use the dried ones. Farley has no problem with the raw. I have fed him raw cranberries right out of my hand. I don’t use honey in his oatmeal. The coconut oil adds plenty of taste. However, I do use honey in his frosty paws.

  • Gayle

    Just wondered if you used dried cranberries in the oatmeal or raw…does dog object to sour taste of raw…do you ever use honey in his oatmeal?

  • tamsets

    I lost my Chihuahua in 2009 due to kidney failure. She ether ate a grape, or a medication to treat diabetes. Both cause kidney failure in dogs.

  • Crazy4cats

    Lucky dog ūüôā

  • Lin

    Well, where to begin but to just dive in. I adopted a golden retriever when he was 14 months old. He had sore ears and itchy skin and was a counter surfer. His diet was from the vet!! I began researching dog food and finally found a food that was acceptable. Believe it or not it comes from our local grocery store but it is just as good, if not better than some of the top name brands but half the price. The food is grain free salmon and potato. So, not being satisfied with just the dry food I began to experiment. He is now 3 and 1/2 years young and in top notch health. The regime for feeding is: 1 cup of kibble in the morning. That is the end of the commercial food. When I have my breakfast, which is cooked oatmeal, he gets the same. I cook the oatmeal in water, cinnamon, cranberries and sometimes a little bit of raw apple. While the cereal is still hot I add two teaspoons of raw organic coconut oil. He absolutely loves this. He gets healthy treats during the day also. One of his faves is apple slices and peanut butter in his Kong. Another thing he likes is frosty paws that I make myself. The frosty paws are made with pumpkin, egg, no fat plain yogurt, peanut butter (nuts only), a little honey and I add some powdered sea greens. He absolutely loves these. He gets a raw, frozen marrow bone about once a week. Supper time he gets his meal cooked for him. On his menu is liver and veggies, chicken and veggies, fish and veggies, beef and veggies, pork and veggies and every other week he gets salmon and egg with veggies. I also feed sardines to him in rotation with the salmon. His coat is soft, full and very shiny. He has no issues with ear infections and very seldom do I see him scratch. I am convinced that whole foods are the answer. He also gets plenty of berries and frozen veggies as treats. It does not make sense to take ingredients and cook the life out of them and then dry them and pretend that this is a balanced diet. That is ‘processed food’ and on the bottom of the nutrition list in my books.

  • d


    Thanks for all you info – this is all very recent so I’m new to this and will check into it.

  • I feed my dogs a lot of wet food to help them get more moisture to help flush out the bladder. They also get Wysong Biotic pH- with one meal and a cranberry/d-mannose containing supplement (currently Mercola bladder health) with another meal. They also get raw food with no added veggie matter except for what’s in the raw food supplement (CarnivoreRaw). Two of my dogs were at 8.5 and 9 and have come down to 8 and 8.5 back in October. And I’ll get it checked again soon. You can buy pH test strips and test at home. Mine also didn’t have an infection or other symptoms. I know another pug owner who has the dog’s urine tested monthly since it is prone to UTI’s but hasn’t had one in over a year. There are some articles at b-naturals.com regarding crystals/stones.

  • D

    My 3 yr. old shitzu had drops of blood in his urine at the end of his stream when marking trees and such. Urine culture shows no bacteria infection. Bladder X-ray did not show a stone. Had some crystals in urine though. Vet wants him on Science Diet CD to lower his PH from 8.0 to the normal 6.0.- 6.5. Have not heard too many good things about this diet. Any help out there?.

  • Shawna

    WOW!!! My grandkids eat grapes at the house and I KNOW the dogs have inadvertently got some ūüôĀ EEEK.. At one point I warned mom that if she couldn’t keep the dogs in a different room while the kids ate their grapes that grapes would be banned from the house… Last thing I need is Audrey getting hold of a problem grape or two!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pattyvaughn

    I have a friend that had kidney issues with her dog for a couple weeks after the kids thought it was neat how she would catch the grapes. She is a 50 lb dog and they think she ate between 6 and 10 grapes. My friend got home from work to find the dog lethargic and a few grapes scattered around on the floor. She quickly figured out what had happened, made the dog vomit, and got the dog to the E Vet immediately. After a couple days of fluids, bloodwork started looking better, and after a couple months she was back to her old self, but it was scary for a bit there.

  • Shawna

    Ten cases of grape poisoning published in research “Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation” http://vdi.sagepub.com/content/17/3/223.full.pdf

    “There are now several reports that confirm that ingestion of these fruits can cause renal failure in
    dogs.The toxic mechanism remains to be elucidated,
    and the apparent lack of a reproducible dose response relationship has led some authors to suggest this may reflect either a component of the fruits that is present in varying quantities, or the existence of an extrinsic compound that may not always be present (Eubig et al., 2005). Individual variations in response may also occur. So the general consensus at present is that potentially any dose should be considered a problem. Certainly renal failure has occurred following ingestion of raisins at estimated doses as low as 2.8 mg/kg (Eubig et al., 2005) and one dog was euthanased
    after ingestion of 4.7 g/kg (Mazzaferro et al., 2004). Where grapes are concerned 4-5 grapes caused renal failure in an 8.2 kg dachshund (Mazzaferro et al., 2004) doses as low as 19.6 g/kg caused similar effects in another report (Eubig et al., 2005).” http://www.jelena-suran.com/joomla/images/stories/vjezbe/foodstufftoxictodogs.pdf

  • Shawna

    The Pet Poison Helpline also discusses the issue with grapes. Do they have a “conflict of interest” too? I know it is not the grape itself but I don’t think the real culprit has been found — some think it is high concentrations of fluoride while others think it is pesticides etc.. Whatever the reason IF something ON grapes causes illness and death, wouldn’t it make sense to give warning?

    Humans, especially the elderly, can become ill from theobromine poisoning too. And just recently I read of someone who did in fact lose their dog to theobromine poisoning. Carob is a wonderful alternative to chocolate without the potential of poisoning your dog.. If you’re that dead set on giving you dogs COMPLETELY species inappropriate treats (which we all do at one time or another), why not chose carob treats?

    Onions do cause hemolytic anemia… Yes, it is dose dependent, I am aware. But I ask you, what do onions provide in the diet that is so necessary as to risk it? Garlic I can see (allicin as one example), but what about onions?

    I think the “shame” here has been displaced!!

  • PK Shader

    Dear Dr. Becker,

    Shame on you. There are NO studies linking raisins or grapes with toxicity in dogs, none. http://www.thedogplace.org/Nutrition/Grapes-Poison-Dogs-09061.asp

    People have been feeding onion and chocolate to their pets for as long as they have been around.

    >>Chocolate contains an alkaloid called ‚Äútheobromine‚ÄĚ. Theobromine is in the same family as caffeine and is a type of stimulant (they both are
    mythylxanines). Theobromine stimulates the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and causes a slightly increases blood pressure.
    Dogs and certain other animals, such as horses and cats, cannot metabolize theobromine as quickly as humans can; this causes the above effects to be much more severe than is the case with humans. The specific notable side effects of toxic levels of theobromine in dogs includes: diarrhea; vomiting; increased urination; muscle twitching;
    excessive panting; hyperactive behavior; whining; dehydration; digestive problems; seizures; and rapid heart rate. Some of these symptoms, like the rapid heart rate, can ultimately be fatal to the dog.

    So how much chocolate is too much for a dog? That depends on the size and age of the dog, as well as what type of chocolate was consumed. The larger the dog, the more theobromine they can handle without dying and older dogs tend to have more problems with the side effects, as noted above.
    As far as the chocolate itself, cocoa powder contains about sixteen times as much theobromine per ounce over milk chocolate, with most popular forms of chocolate falling somewhere between those two, excepting white chocolate, which contains insignificant amounts of
    theobromine per ounce, making it extremely unlikely to be able to be consumed in sufficient quantities to harm a dog.

    For more specific figures, here are the approximate amounts of theobromine per ounce of chocolate:
    Cocoa powder: 800 mg/oz
    Baker’s chocolate (unsweetened): 450 mg/oz
    Dark chocolate: 150 mg/oz
    Milk chocolate: 50 mg/oz

    So, the general rules for the amount of chocolate that will be toxic for a dog:

    Milk chocolate: 1 OUNCE per 1 POUND of body weight (so, without intervention, a 16 Pound dog (7.2 kg) would likely die from eating 1 POUND of milk chocolate)
    Dark chocolate: 1/3 of an ounce per pound of body weight (around 5 ounces of dark chocolate for that same 16 pound dog)

    Baker’s chocolate: 1/9 of an ounce per pound of body weight (around 1.8 ounces of baker’s chocolate for a 16 pound dog)
    Cocoa powder: 1/16 of an ounce per pound of dog (around 1 ounce of cocoa powder to kill a 16 pound dog)
    On the other extreme end, it would take about 200 pounds of white chocolate consumed within a 17 hour period to reach toxic levels of theobromine for a 16 pound dog. The low quantity of theobromine here is because white chocolate is made from cocoa butter, sugar, and milk, but no cocoa solids.<<
    We count on you to be the voice of reason and to speak from educated research not anecdotal AVMA rhetoric.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Then you should look at Dr Karen Becker’s book “Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats” so you know what he really needs to have in his diet.

  • keiravee

    My dog likes boils egg, bbq meat, canned tuna, sadines in tomato sauce and pretty much all meaty human food. He doesn’t really like fruit and veggies though, except pumpkin skin because it’s crunchy to chew on. I tried many expensive dog foods on the market but my dog never touch them.

  • b chat

    you are participating by eating meat. we should speak out like aspca care2 sign petitions cuz animals CAN BR TREATED BETTER you CAN choose to eat a more humanely treated animal over another. sobeys is buying meat NOT KEPT IN CAGES FROM A CERTAIN FARM NOW. plse help the animals you do eat

  • Pattyvaughn

    It isn’t poisonous. It inhibits thyroid function so it should not be fed all the time.

  • Em

    Wow kale is on the list of poisonous foods to dogs list…

  • Alphadogfood.com

    I don’t like the shake analogy for your kids. Rather a dried beef stew analogy would be more appropriate. I do agree with the common sense approach though.

  • LabsRawesome

    Did you watch the video? She gives the facts.

  • Robin Lloyd

    I want facts not opinions. I was hoping for better. On most medical websites it usually has blog comments, but it also has scientific studies and facts. Basically, I am hearing that everything can kill you or hurt your dog. There has got to be some way to get fact not conjecture. I want to know the best non dry/canned dog food to give to my dog to supplement her dietary needs. I want more anti-oxidants.

  • Hermangrm

    I feed my (2) toy poodles twice a day dry kibble (Natural Balance brand original Ultra) with hand-cut cubes of boneless skinless roasted chicken on top. They are almost 14 yrs old and in good health according to uou Vet and have always had this diet. The question is if there is kibble left in their bowl that had been in contact with the chicken that was eaten hours previously is there a problem with contamination due to bacteria. Do I need to throw away the dry food after say 3-4 hrs?

  • aimee

    Hi Nina,

    I don’t have any specific diet recommendations, but I would recommend you take your new pup to a vet to have him checked out. There might be a different reason for what you are seeing in your pup.

  • Nina

    I have just adopted a little yorkie / shtz/zo and the poor little thing when it was a puppy, was dropped on its head and has some brain damage. It runs around in circles continually, has very uncontrol of his front paws. I don’t think he can see clearly, I think he sees shadows. Is there something I could do as far as diet or anything to help him along. He is nine months old , and I got him yesterday.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Flax is not a great omega 3 for dogs. It is in a form that dogs don’t utilize well. Try fish, salmon, or krill oil instead.

  • Karina

    she is great!! i feed my Bulldog with raw, Veggies Zucchini, fax seed oil cottage cheese all food we eat our Bulldog eats.. and he is healthy his cat is shiny and he is full of energy and he is happy!! imagine yourself eating same kibble every day and your lifetime? No way you will live long healthy life… so think about your dog= same thing! Raw beef raw chicken are the best sources for protein nutrition and flax seed is full of vitamins and omega 3..

  • Pattyvaughn

    There are too many factors that go into determining the correct amount to feed for someone to be able to tell you how much to feed your dog. Weight is only one, you must also consider age, metabolism, activity level, gender, reproductive status, etc.

  • Suzanne Beckham Wall

    I would like to know these answers also, as in per dog’s weight what amt. of foods would be best for good weight.

  • debbie

    ¬†This is also confusing(not being rude to you, at all), as in what foods are not good for dogs… avocados, I read in numerous places that they are bad, then I also read how they are fine, as in garlic, I read it was good, and I actually started giving a little bit, approx half a tsp per day, finely chooped to my audrey, and yesterday n today, I read garlic is a no- no:(

  • debbie

    ¬†John, may I ask, the pure pumpkin is it canned, organic, or real as from the “pumpkin”? just curious… I also have given mine for treats sunflower seeds… and used to mix them in with her food…

  • debbie

    ¬†hello mercy, may I ask, are you from the org?¬† anywho, I to am a vegan, and my dog audrey has been vegan most of her life, she was 6 this past may… she has chronic ear n skin problems, but not from being vegan, I have watched a ton of the vids.. and they are¬† horrible, as a kid I hated eating meat.. but had no choice, lol
     I was reading alot online tonight, and  so many places say no to raw meat, yet so many say yes to it, just like people say how bad for a dog to be veg, or vegan, yet there is a ton of proof of how good it is.. sad cause issues like this can really confuse people that are already unsure.
     so what do your companions eat?

  • Bekakncraft

    In this video she stated to give your pet some salad before you put dressing. And I was watching this because i wanted information on that exact thing. I had a Caesar salad and shared with my dog. I also gave him the left over dressing. Will this hurt him?

  • Marineehobbs

    Is fresh salmon poached in broth safe to give my Bichon occasionally?

  • Kevin

    I just googled ¬†“Nuts to give your dog.” ¬†You mentioned walnuts and almonds to give your dog. ¬†If you go to this website they say to not to. ¬†I would like your¬†opinion¬†of this information please.¬†

  • dog care tips

    Dogs are intelligent animals and can be easily trained for table manners and other habits.

  • Kevin

    Is honey ok for dogs to have.  If so how much?  What are the benefits? 

  • kevin

    I just looked up on amazon to see if you had a book out. The video was great. Yes you do. I ordered it. Thanks

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  • Kate

    THANK YOU FOR THIS VIDEO. I love the “meal replacement shake” analogy! I am a dog trainer and a firm believer in home cooked or raw food for our pets, and now I know how to explain it to my pet parents!

  • R.Hankins

    I would LOVE to see a list of safe foods to feed. It would be even better if the list referance amounts based on the weight of the dog. For example something like 2 almonds per day for a 8-10 lb dog. of normal wieght..or what ever is considered acceptable.

  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    Adele – Jonathan’ message wasn’t about LENGTH of life; it was about quality of life (healthfulness). THRIVE vs SURVIVE.
    Jonathan wrote this “We can see how the creation of kibble has decreased the health of our canine partners over the last 70 years just as we can see how grain farming has decrease our health in the last 10,000 years.”
    Yes, modern medicine has extend lifespan, but often at the expense of ‘quality’ of life.

    Adele – You also write “modern farming techniques, . . . have caused the earth‚Äôs population to grow into the billions”. True, and an interesting perspective explained by author Daniel Quinn in ISHMAEL. http://www.ishmael.org/welcome.cfm
    Quinn provides undeniable details of how overpopulation wouldn’t continue if the food supply (even inferior) didn’t keep increasing.

  • Adele

    Jonathan- you really should check statistics about mankind’s INCREASE in lifespan over the past 10,000 years. Homo Sapien was lucky to make it into their 30’s before the advent of modern medicine. While there may be some undesirable aspects of modern farming techniques, those techniques have caused the earth’s population to grow into the billions. Although I am a “tree hugger” as well as an “organic pet feeder,” it is important to be able to “see the forest for the trees.”

  • Gordon

    Hi Sheila – All’s well in Aussie land. At least, as well as the rich and politicians allow it to be. Sounds like your dog gets a good variety of human foods that you share with it. That’s a good thing for your dog.

    About the honey thing. I know they say honey or peanut butter goes into Kongs so that treats are harder for the dog to get out, but isn’t peanuts not a good thing for dogs? That’s one thing I’ve never given much thought on as I don’t give my dogs Kong toys because I prefer the use of Buster Cubes. Almonds and walnuts as well as Brazilian nuts are my favourite nuts for human use and that’s one thing I personally never thought to give my dogs (Didn’t know I could give the first 2 mentioned to my dogs), but now I do thanks to Dr. Becker’s advice. Yes even I don’t know everything, lol (Not that I ever claimed to, haha).

    Because I eat raw almonds and Brazilian nuts (Not so much walnuts), I’ll now give my dogs some almonds. All 3 of these nuts mentioned are the 3 most potent carriers of selenium in the nut world (Strong anti-cancer mineral/agent), or so a Nutritionist once told me.

  • Sheila

    Hi All,( Gordon, How are things in Aussie land?)
    Just my two cents worth. My Norwich eats mainly HK now (rotation of various ones). To that she gets organic Cottage Cheese 1%, watermelon, cantalope, pears, loves Mango, cooked white chicken, cooked beef , small pieces, turnips, bok choy,red pepper,banana,left over breakfast porridge,
    cauliflower, salmon, trout. All of these in small amounts when I have them for meals. This is of course not all at once, but whenever there are good leftovers. With her we have to watch weight, so it’s not alot at one time. So far I haven’t poisened her, although as Gordon well nows I worry alot.
    Also every evening when we settle down to watch TV, I have 6-8 Almonds, she gets about 4 halves. and yes Honey is excellent in moderation, has theraputic benefits, it’s in some of the dehydrated and raw foods. I don’t do much in the way of rice or grains per say, but she does like a few strands of Spagetti before sauce!

  • Michelle

    mercy for animals- Why would you even watch slaughterhouse videos? I love meat, but if I had to watch or participate in the slaughter of the animals, I would probably, very quickly, become a vegetarian. LOL

  • Gordon

    sandy – In addition to that ehow link, I place a big emphasis on avocado being toxic to dogs, and support this as fact as well, since I also own parrots and am into Ornithology, avocado is even more toxic for parrots than it is for dogs and will basically give a pet parrot a painful poisonous death. I add this info for those that may also own pet parrots and many not be aware of this fact.

  • Sandy

    Thought I’d post the part on potato’s from your link to save some time:

    While the flesh of a cooked potato can be harmless, the skin, leaves and stems can be poisonous to dogs. These parts of the potato contain oxalates, which can affect the nervous and digestive systems. Any part of the potato that is green is especially toxic, whether cooked or uncooked. The green parts in the flesh of a potato, usually found just under the skin, contain solanine, a natural poison. When solanine is consumed by dogs, it can cause diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness and irregular heartbeats.

    Read more: What Human Foods Can Hurt Dogs? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5068377_human-foods-can-hurt-dogs.html#ixzz1TtL6WxyQ

  • Sandy

    Very interesting link. Links are the thing at the moment. I’ve been wondering what could possibly explain why potato has caused numerous problems in dogs – it would actually be more accurate to say, why I’ve seen improvements or elimination of numerous problems in dogs when potato is removed from their diet. This is the first time I’ve seen any plausible explaination as to a mechanism that might at least explain some possible correlation between potato and health problems in dogs (usually skin issues). I did once have a micro biologist say there was definitely something in potato that would cause a dog problems but I never got a more detailed explanation. I’ve been hypothesizeing that it might have something to do with white potato’s extremely high glycemic index (80 to 100 depending on how it’s cooked – white sugar is about 65) but have not felt completely comfortable with that as an all inclusive answer.

    Perhaps this is another key to the puzzle, if it’s a valid argument, but I’d like to know why it doesn’t seem affect humans the same way. Heaven knows I’ve eaten my share of potato skins and other than a few skin rashes, some hot spots, a desire to gnaw on my fingers, and a habit of scratching myself incessantly…I’m a pretty normal guy and fairly healthy most of the time….well, OK…at least I’m fairly healthy anyway…one out of two isn’t so bad.

  • Gordon

    Interesting link Jonathan

  • Gordon

    Great seminar Dr. Becker. Once again, great advice. It’s as I always say, just “common sense”. I like how she said that it’s a “paradigm” re conventional Vet advice.

    sandy – That ehow link is reliable. However, would you believe, contrary to popular belief, chocolate in the smallest amount in a once in every blue moon event (if your dog craves it), will not harm a normally healthy dog.

    I disagree with it’s advice about no garlic. Garlic is actually beneficial in moderate amounts, just like it is for us humans. It’s packed with antioxidants, allicin antibiotics, and promotes healthy blood circulation, for both us and dogs. It’s onions that should not be given to dogs at all. Although we can safely eat more garlic than dogs. Dogs should not get more than say….a teaspoon of crushed garlic a day. In some dog foods that contain garlic, it’s in much lower doses than even a teaspoon. I’m stating this in case anyone who reads garlic in a dog food ingredients list and becomes reluctant about the particular brand because of this, shouldn’t be. Unless of course, their dog already suffers from red blood cell depletion.

    Otherwise, all else stated in that link, I agree with.

  • Jonathan

    Hey @mercy for animals, I know all those slaughterhouse videos can be disturbing and disgusting. But the evolutionary fact that we are omnivores remains. Your body is not optimised to use processed plant proteins or legumes, which are a fairly unnatural foodstuff and, in nature, are rare to come by. Plus, legumes and grains must be processed just to be edible and less toxic. In nature, for humans and dogs, there are very few calorically dense plant foods. Some root veggies are packed with calories, but they are few and far between in a normal ecosystem… ie one that is not farmed and forced to grown large amounts of one thing. As omnivores, our diet was a hunter/gatherer one. We ate leafy plants, root veggies when found, and seasonal fruit. But the caloric bulk of our diet, and the part of our diet that fueled our bigger brain to develop, was animal protein and fat. Now I know you are shaking your head because you have an emotional reason for not eating meat. But here’s the thing. Those meats from factory farms where they mistreat the animals and spray meat with ammonia and such? That meat ISN’T good for you. I know that. It’s meat that has been processed and the animals pumped full of hormones and fed huge amounts of corn that is bad for you. Grass-fed meats from local farms are very healthful for people and pets. Grass-fed meats have a natural omega-6 to 3 ratio of 1:1 to 1:2 depending on the animal. They are full of the vitamins they have received from eating the green grass. They are healthy because they are not being force-fed nutritionally worthless omega-6 heavy corn that they can’t digest right. And, they enjoy their pastured life and when they are slaughtered, it is done humanely.

    Have a look at this website where people are sharing their vegan turned paleo stories…


    There are plenty of ways to eat the evolutionary diet of human-kind without eating bad meats. Like Cathy says (sort of), and I’m paraphrasing and adding my own here…

    Know your farmer. Know your butcher. Eat local, fresh foods. Nutrition isn’t rocket science.

    If something must be processed (soybeans, wheat, corn…) just to become edible, then it’s not food. That’s where we got a little too clever at concocting foods before we understood why we shouldn’t. This all goes with dog food too. We can see how the creation of kibble has decreased the health of our canine partners over the last 70 years just as we can see how grain farming has decrease our health in the last 10,000 years.

  • sandy

    hi Kevin,

    here’s a link to start looking at. http://www.ehow.com/about_5068377_human-foods-can-hurt-dogs.html

  • Kevin

    Thanks Jill and Liam you helped alot. It was a great vidio. I am so glad for this website that we all care about our pets and can connect. Thanks again to you all.

  • Liam

    @ Kevin; I heard somewhere that you shouldn’t feed dogs walnuts, but we have fed our dog peanuts and she is fine with them; by the way I have heard that macadamia nuts are bad for them too! I am sure that honey is good for dogs because in some of the Kong stuffing ideas online they mention putting in a tablespoon of honey. I have drizzled some in her Kong before and she has been fine.

  • Jill Prescott

    I have been a culinary instructor for 27 years. I have been making special dinners for my terriers for years, I include, poached chicken, poached lamb, sweet potatoes, blueberries, , treats are fresh green beans, cantelope, watermelon, peaches apples, whatever is fresh. I use Orijen fish for a kibble and also give them Omega 3 oil. This isn’t whole diet but will give you an idea. I poach the 2 meats to remove excess fat and make certain IF the chicken contained salmonella it would be killed. They get some raw meats. They LOVE their homemade dinners. I wish this doctor was MY vet. Forward thinking, very smart. I always felt that my dog eating only kibbles was like my children eating only Kraft. Vets sell Science Diet…horrible food filled with corn.

  • Kevin

    But how about walnuts and honey? Can dogs have this?

  • Hi Kevin… Great suggestion. I’m am planning to add an article about foods one should not feed a dog some time later this year. Thanks for the tip.

  • Kevin

    So I know the basic stuff to feed a dog in human food. But do not give them dairy produts. Some cheese is ok. But can dogs have nuts, like walnuts, and how about honey. I did not see a list of do’s and dont’s on your web site. Could you have one some time? Thanks

  • John Huff

    Nicely done! Thank you for taking an honest and realistic approach to feeding our dogs. I also feed a 5 star kibble in a rather small (1/2 cup) serving to my 65 pound Golden Retriever. Next to that can be boiled chicken, sweet potato, pure pumpkin and other veggies and fruit. A poached egg or long cooked oatmeal is not uncommon for breakfast for her either. None of the non-metabolized foods are ever offered. Also very important: Brush those teeth!!!

  • Buck

    Very nice video and I agree with most of it, unfortunately like so many “holistic” people she seems to go from one extreme to the other: “All dog food is made from diseased tissues!” That’s as much a scare tactic as “Never feed your dog table food or they’ll get sick!” I also disagree with the “never feed your dog any grains like rice, wheat or corn.” Processed grains should be kept to a minimum but I think whole grains as a component (not the main source of nutrition) can be beneficial in animals as it is in humans.

    My dog gets a high quality kibble containing a small amount of whole grains with the addition of cooked shredded chicken, veggies, and/or fruits. She loves watermelon and carrots and a piece of watermelon is often her “dessert.”

  • Carol

    I too feed them a 4 star rated dehydrated raw food with a little bit of a 5 star canned food to go with. I am very happy with both.
    As for green living food, my dogs LOVE kale. Especially the stalk part – when I am preparing a salad, they sit and wait for me to give the stalks to them. I save the stalks and break them up on their food and they LOVE it!

  • Darlene

    i had a small mixed breed dog who lived for 17 years on human food alone. I am not making this up. He ate one bowl of dog food in his entire life. Someone offered him a hot dog…..and dog food became poison to him. Lol!
    I now have three dogs some 40 years later and I give them a good 4 star rated dry dog food and table scraps….but healthy ones. I do a lot of research on this matter. I keep a list on the fridge of foods NOT to feed a dog.
    All the dogs are healthy and happy. I see nothing wrong with human foods that have no preservatives in them being fed to dogs. I do not like the idea of feeding raw meat as some do. That is just my choice. I worry about the bacteria levels in raw meat.

  • Eunice Jolly

    Hi enjoyed, I have always been a firm believer that our dogs were way healther years ago,(70/80) than now,we never heard of a dog that died from cancer,bloat etc. so I feel that it is what we feed now.
    keep up the good work
    Jolleff Briards

  • Adele

    The concept that the ancestors of our modern breeds all descended from wild dogs who roamed the earth in search of food seems to be lost on today’s pet owner. Guess what the dogs ate before processed “pellets” and canned food were available? They ate what humans ate and before that they ate what grew, what was already dead or what they killed! …and the species survived.

  • Mercy for Animals

    Thank you for your sincere HONEST information. Many would fear to describe anything other than what is forced into their brain as a Vet/Professional.

    Thanks to Dog Food Advisor, I can look up ingredients that are healthy for my dog, and my friends.

    I love my Vegan diet, after watching slaughterhouse videos on Youtube, and reading information about “Rendering Plants” [search that on Google -- it will shock you pet owners!] it is obscene what is being fed to people’s pets in the name of Corporate profit, not good health.

    I watched the documentary video “Food, Inc.” several times on Netflix, and came out learning so much about the truth about our food. It is quite scary…

    Thank you for sharing your knowlege, I know enough after my own research to know you are telling the truth in a sincere manner to help pets, and owners. Stay the way you are. Great Video, definately Dr. Karen Becker and thank you so much Dog Food Advisor folks.


  • Adam Clive

    Yah somethin ive always known. I feed my dogs meats that I eat myself.

  • Nicely done video, a human food for pets 101. We have been brainwashed to think human food is not appropriate for our pets. That is FAR from the truth. I hope we continue to see more info like this in the future.