DogDaz Zoo: Why Adding ‘Human Food’ Is So Important

11 Feb
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Today, ninety-six percent of pet owners around the globe are feeding dry commercial pet foods. Of those 96%, there is a large majority that believes dried commercial pet food is really all their pet needs and would never stop to consider the benefits of adding fresh “human food”.

(“Human food” definition in this article: clean sources of meat-based proteins and some organic plant matter, not beer and nachos 😉)

There are many reasons why some of these pet parents feel this way, however the most popular reason today seems to be the 50-year-old rumor that is in existence and still spreading.

You know the one: “Giving your animal table scraps is bad!”

How or when did this terrible rumor start?

Well, if we go back in time, research shows that shortly after the invention of processed pet foods, manufacturers were having a hard time convincing pet parents to make the switch from foods in their refrigerators to their commercial pet foods.

So in 1964, the pet food industry, along with the PFI, joined together with a whole bunch of marketing dollars and launched one of the most influential campaigns the pet world had ever seen: the “Ban All Table Scraps from your Pets’ Bowls” campaign!

Through thousands of newspapers, magazines, and news stations, the public was warned about the dangers of table food scraps or “human food” and the importance of feeding “processed” commercial pet food. From there, the giant smear campaign took off!

Not only did this clever campaign work, but it was so impactful that now, 50 years later, folks are still in fear of offering anything that is not labeled pet food.


Not according to ongoing research it isn’t, especially with today’s cancer rates being 1 in 2 dogs!

In a 2005 study conducted at Purdue University on Scottish Terriers, the results showed that adding fresh vegetables to dry commercial kibble actually prevented and/or slowed down the development of transitional cell carcinoma (aka bladder cancer)!

In the study, dogs ate a diet of dry commercial pet food, while some got an assortment of vegetables added to the mix at least 3 times per week.

When the study was concluded, according to the researchers, they weren’t really shocked by the results.

Here’s what they found:

Dogs that ate any green leafy vegetables, like broccoli, had reduced the risk of developing bladder cancer by 90% and the dogs that consumed any yellow – orange vegetables like carrots reduced the risk by 70%!

Seriously! A lousy carrot helped smash the potential of cancer.

( ) (Raghavan, Knapp, Bonney, 2005)

Yes, of course cats are obligate carnivores (must have meat to survive) and our dogs are facultative carnivores (carnivores with omnivorous potential if circumstances demand) so offering clean meat-based protein sources should always be top priority and essential.

However, because today’s world is ever-so changing due to factory farmed livestock being fed genetically modified grains and our planet being contaminated with every type of pesticide, fungicide and larvicide, the importance of fresh, organic plant matter to help detox the body couldn’t be more crucial.

So if the “cancer reducing benefit” doesn’t tickle your fancy enough to convince you to add any “human fresh foods” to your pet’s bowl, then maybe think of it this way:

How bad would it suck if someone forced you to eat dry processed foods your whole lIfe?!

writen by: Rodney Habib – Pet Nutrition Blogger



DogDaz Note:  Louise and Sofie get canned veggies, greenbeans (Lulu’s favorite), peas, carrots, and sometimes mixed veggies, with NO SALT.  I open the can and rinse the veggies under water, even if it says no salt, because I don’t trust the canning process. Louise likes her veggies mushy.  Somedays, they get pumpkin instead.    

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on February 11, 2016 in Dogs


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13 responses to “DogDaz Zoo: Why Adding ‘Human Food’ Is So Important

  1. Genevieve Petrillo

    February 11, 2016 at 05:07

    I hope Mom is paying attention here! It can’t be simpler than that. I can’t wait to try it.

    Love and licks,

    • dogdaz

      February 11, 2016 at 07:00

      Oh and green beans are yummy treats too

  2. fredrieka

    February 11, 2016 at 06:34

    Momwithoutpaws gives me dry in the morning and homemade for dinner

    • dogdaz

      February 11, 2016 at 07:00

      Great way to go.

  3. Misty Shores Chesapeakes

    February 11, 2016 at 20:16

    Great post. My guys get people food all the time. They especially love when I offer up some table scraps along with their kibble. They also get fresh fruits and veggies, heck they will even eat lettuce if there is some dressing on it lol

    • dogdaz

      February 11, 2016 at 20:55

      Now, Lettuce. That wouldn’t fly around here with the dogs, but the cats… they like.

      • Misty Shores Chesapeakes

        February 11, 2016 at 21:00

        Oh that’s funny the cats lime it. I had a cat years ago that would sit at my feet while I was cooking just to see what might hit the floor, his favorite was canned mushrooms.

  4. Daisy C Chan

    February 11, 2016 at 22:08

    hmm, what a good read! Thanks for sharing!

    • dogdaz

      February 11, 2016 at 22:09

      Thanks for stopping by Daisy

  5. Groovy Goldendoodles

    February 12, 2016 at 15:19

    Great post! The Boys are eating THK (Beef) grain free dehydrated food. With that I am always adding veggies and fruit with each meal. so far they’ve never turned down a meal.

    • dogdaz

      February 12, 2016 at 18:33

      Hummm new to me, but mine love dehydrated liver as treats

  6. sassybrat1904

    March 4, 2016 at 23:30

    My one dog Midnight gets her own little garden to pick snacks as she pleases. I taught her how to pick a variety of things. When it comes to broccoli though she just eats almost the whole plant! Not in one sitting. I give her carrots and hope to show her how to pull her own this year. My girls love their veggies.Old BabyGirl likes for me to feed her veggies she won’t try and pick them.

    • dogdaz

      March 4, 2016 at 23:35

      That is so smart. The girls done like broccoli but green beans are their favorite

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