Sharing your food with a dog and the risks involved


We all know that most dogs beg for food when their owners are eating, and the majority of us do give-in and slip them a little something off our plates,  but do you know what you can and can’t give your dog? Even the tiniest of foods could upset their tummies. Considering after all your the one who has to clean up their runny poo, so it’s wise to know what you can and can’t give them to avoid any mishaps.

WARNING: Feeding them bad food can give them long term damage, such as a garbage gut or pancreatitis.

Shamefully, I was guilty of this many years ago until I discovered what garbage gut and pancreatitis was after an expensive visit to the vets with my dog. Suffering from dehydration and acute pancreatitis it was time to change old habits. I also went on and completed courses in dog nutrition.

I want to spread the word and the risks involved when sharing human food with a dog.

What is a garbage gut?

Garbage toxicosis or commonly know as garbage gut is a condition caused by the ingestion of food, trash, or waste, that is hard to digest, it can also be contaminated with bacteria or other toxic substances.

How can I prevent my dog from getting garbage gut?

Do not give your dog scraps, or leave waste or any other toxic food lying around. They need good quality, healthy balanced dog food.

What is pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis means that your dog’s pancreas is inflamed; it is right next to the stomach and causes tremendous discomfort and pain in dogs. It also puts pressure on other organs.

How can I prevent pancreatitis in my dog?

They need good quality, healthy balanced dog food. Do not give your dog high fatty foods, like salmon, pork, lamb, cheese or meat drippings.

What to feed a dog with pancreatitis

When my dog had acute pancreatitis, I straight away was advised to stop all the little bits from my plate I was given him. Pippy was put on special low-fat food. I used Royal Canin Gastro Intestinal Low Fat Adult Dry Dog Food. Once your dog is prone to bouts of pancreatitis, you shouldn’t ever feed your dog anything other than this outstanding food. It’s low fat and pretty much saved my dog’s life. My dog Pippy whos a Jack Russell Terrier lived a happy life up to the age of 16 years with no returning bouts of pancreatitis; this was controlled only because of his diet and me changing my habits.

Symptoms to look for in dogs that have pancreatitis

  • Hunched over
  • Sad
  • Diarrhoea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stiff
  • Fever
  • Weakness

Hunched over was the most prominent sign, followed by loss of appetite with Pippy

TOP TIP  – Dogs that are fed solely dry food, or are ill, old, and have dental problems, why not try soaking the dry food overnight in water. By the morning the food absorbs and goes nice and fluffy, which makes it easy to eat, digest and also something a bit different than the usual dry food plus getting some extra hydration.

Feeding them vegetables, fruit or any little extras should occasionally be OK for most dogs. However, the daily food you provide them should have the nutrients they need to stay healthy, and you can even get breed-specific food nowadays. But if you were like me and can’t resist sharing a dinner plate with them. Let’s at least give them food that’s OK for them.

My research below concludes which foods are OK and which foods aren’t OK for your dog’s consumption.

Food that is OK for dogs:

Food that is NOT OK for dogs:

Salmon and pork I have put on the cant list because knowing from experience this was the night before Pippy got his sudden attack of pancreatitis.


  • American Kennel Club
  • Fetch by WebMD
  • Battersea dogs
  • Kennel Club UK


Some dogs are lactose-intolerant don’t give them any dairy at all.

Dogs that have previously been given significant portions of high-fatty foods could be suffering from a bout of pancreatitis.

Dog’s are carnivores, which means they mainly eat meat. Dogs have a completely different digestive system to us, and they can’t digest certain foods as we can. 

Remember to check the list before you offer some off your plates “only tiny, tiny amounts.” if you must

In an ideal world, you shouldn’t give your dog any extra bits of your plate, and I learnt the hard way. 

Some people are very passionate about this, but at the end of the day it’s your dog if you “really” have to refer to the list above and choose wisely. 

Your dog might have different dietary requirements than the usual dog, so the above does not apply, please consult your vet at all times. 

I hope by sharing my story with you, it will give you a better knowledge of what foods you can and can’t give to your dog if any at all.  Just wish I had read something like this before it was too late.

Good luck!

Always consult your vet.

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