OK, I get it, you've been told by vets your entire life never to feed dogs "people food." Dogs should eat dog food and nothing else, everyday, their entire lives. It's "complete and balanced." God forbid you unbalance their diet (in a good way). Shoe leather, protein powder and a multivitamin is "complete and balanced" too. Is a balanced diet necessarily a healthy one?
So you are a good owner. You comply and maybe cheat once in a while -- with a carrot. Or you get a bag of processed sweet potato dog treats. The vets is happy. The dog food companies are happy. But what about the poor dog? Brown and orange food. Everyday. No wonder they eat grass!
Sure there are a variety of foods that are not healthy for dogs or that could even be harmful. The same fatty, high carb, sugary foods that are not healthy for any animal, including humans, are also not recommended for dogs.
But what about fresh whole foods? Can dogs have meat, vegetables, grains, legumes, and fruits? Sure they can. And research is showing the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables for dogs and cats, especially when it comes to preventing cancer.
See Part 2 of this post for more on this topic. And I'll try to feed my own dogs the four letter word of the veggie world, yup kale. Will they eat it?