Table Scraps For Dogs? Absolutely!

Judge rules against prescription dog food companies

Rewards 12.5 Million judgement

According to a 20-year study completed at the University of Georgia, one out of three dogs currently alive will die from cancer. Prominent holistic veterinarian, Dr. Donald Strombeck, states that our dogs are living 20% shorter lives than they did 40 years ago.

These are such sad statistics considering the abundance of supposedly  ‘balanced and complete’ processed dog foods on the market.

The way we feed our dogs today has certainly changed. Dogs have traditionally eaten what we ate. In the 1800’s, affluent people would feed their dogs meats and fresh breads while lower to middle class canine diets were made up of breads, potatoes, and cabbage. Farm families ate foods raised on the land and so did their dogs. Table scraps were not considered bad – they were a way of life.

Times change and with the Industrial Revolution came a major shift in where and how people lived.  The farm culture was replaced by urbanization. Now instead of home made foods, the convenience of prepared meals was welcomed in a more harried world.

shutterstock_261413105The first dog foods appeared in the mid 19th century.  James Spratt created ‘Spratt’s Patent Meat Fabrine Dog Cakes’.  These hard biscuits were touted to prevent all sorts of canine diseases.  According to Spratt, they contained all that a dog needed.  Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?  Spratt went on to say that table scraps would ‘break down a dog’s digestive system’ and fresh meat would ‘overheat a dog’s blood’.

So began the marketing of dog food. It’s interesting to note that the start of the advertising industry began in 1841 in Philadelphia. Today millions of dollars are spent on encouraging us to buy various products. Common sense is now replaced by the allure of pretty packaging. Marketing over Mother Nature.

However, the recalls of 2007 brought awareness and questions. We have learned that the pet food industry is a profitable way for the human food and agricultural industries to capitalize on waste products. Pet foods provide a market for slaughterhouse waste, moldy grains, and other ingredients that are unfit for human consumption.

 More pet parents are asking questions about what exactly is in their dog’s food. If I eat healthy, natural foods, why shouldn’t my dog? Again, our emphasis is changing as we look at consuming organic foods, purchasing locally grown products over foreign imports, and eating fewer processed foods.

In order for us to be healthy we need a variety of whole, natural foods. Our dogs are not so different. There is no mystery in how to feed them. For centuries they have eaten from our table and have had fewer health issues than we see today. Ask your grandmother whether her dog ever had ‘hot spots’. I think she would have no idea what you meant.

As a general rule, if you wouldn’t eat something, don’t feed it to your dog. Table scraps imply inferior quality nowadays.  The fat and gristle that you have cut off your meats should not be given to your dog. You wouldn’t consider eating moldy breads or two week old leftovers, so don’t give them to your best friend!

Some people complain that feeding table scraps or ‘people food’ will make their dogs fat. Not true!  Adding wholesome cuts of meats, vegetables, and whole grains to your dog’s kibble will give him a chance to eat a variety of foods.  Simply cut down on the dry food when you are adding other ingredients.

Another common misconception is that you should never change your dog’s normal diet. Would shutterstock_132261779you like to eat one type of processed food every day for the rest of your life? That is pure media hype. Your dog gets bored, just like you do – he needs variety too. Feeding one type of food exclusively can create allergies and sensitivities. Adding new textures and flavors will increase mealtime enjoyment and balance their diet.  Your dog will love you for it!

Another word of advice, don’t feed Fido from the table!  It teaches begging and bad manners.  Keep feeding consistent in time and location.

There are some foods that should not be fed to your dog.  These include onions, chocolate, grapes, and fried foods.  Please, no chemically laden, processed foods either.

It is hard to fight media conditioning, but common sense tells us that fresh, wholesome foods are best for us and for our extended canine family. One of the great joys in life is sharing a meal with family and friends. Mealtime is one of the highlights of your dog’s day. Make it an event and help them live a long and healthy life!

The use of Presciption dog food is one of my pet peeves and shows that the
phrase “Marketing over Mother Nature’ holds true.
If you are a dog owner, you may have heard about the class action suit
against prescription dog foods. Hills, Science Diet, Royal Canin and Purina
are some of the brands that are accused of misleading consumers and
veterinarians about the benefits and ingredients of their products. The
lawsuit claims that:

  • these companies charge premium prices for prescription dog foods that are not significantly different from regular dog foods. In fact, they are made in the same facilities, using the same suppliers as low-quality grocery store brands like Alpo and Beneful.
  • they do not have any scientific evidence to support their claims of treating or preventing various health conditions in dogs. They are not made in facilities that follow traditional drug manufacturing protocols.
  • that these companies have violated consumer protection laws and engaged in false advertising.

The class action suit was filed in 2019 by a group of dog owners who purchased prescription dog foods from these brands for their pets. They are seeking refunds, damages and an injunction to stop the companies from selling prescription dog foods without proper authorization and
. The suit is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Prescription dog foods are supposed to be specially formulated to address specific health issues in dogs, such as kidney disease, diabetes, allergies, obesity and more. However, according to the lawsuit, these products are not
regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or any other agency,
 and they do not require a prescription from a veterinarian to be sold.

The lawsuit claims that these companies have exploited this loophole to market their products as prescription dog foods, even though they are not approved or tested by any authority.

This suit also accuses these companies of using low-quality ingredients and fillers in their prescription dog foods, such as corn, wheat, soy, by-products and artificial colors and flavors. These ingredients may not only be ineffective for treating or preventing health conditions in dogs, but they may also cause adverse reactions and allergies in some dogs. The lawsuit cites several examples of dogs that suffered from health problems after
consuming prescription dog foods from these brands, such as vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, skin infections, kidney failure and death.

The lawsuit seeks to hold these companies accountable for their deceptive and unlawful practices, and to provide compensation and relief to the dog owners who have been harmed by them. It also aims to protect the public interest and the welfare of dogs by ensuring that prescription dog foods are properly regulated and labeled, and that consumers and veterinarians are informed about their benefits and risks.

Please be aware that the FDA does not review or verify the health claims on any veterinary diet.

Take a close look at the ingredient list and ask your vet for evidence that the foods in the prescription diet are any better than most regular diets. Also please keep in mind that while your vet has the best intentions, they get little or no nutrition training and often what little training they do get comes from the very companies that are named in these lawsuits. 

Ultra processed foods made with poor quality ingredients are not what your dog needs if they are suffering from an illness. Give your dog a fighting chance with fresh, quality foods for a long and healthy life. 

This lawsuit was settled in July of 2021. Hills Pet Food paid $12.5 million to participants.

Is it any wonder that here at Lucky Dog Cuisine we believe wholeheartedly “Fresh is Better”
The food we send your dog is the exact same food we feed our own beloved pack. 


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