Can I Give My Dog Baby Food?

Can I Give My Dog Baby Food?Are you feeding your dog baby food? If you are, then you should know the pros and cons of doing this. While baby food is definitely healthy for human babies, this is not necessarily true for puppies and dogs.

There’s a big difference in the composition of human and canine bodies, and what’s good for humans can be harmful to dogs. That’s why you are being a responsible dog owner and doing the appropriate research first before giving any type of human food to your canine friend.

It would be safer for your dogs if you don’t feed them baby food. Although most baby food are not really that toxic to pet dogs, these types of food are not good sources of nutrition for your dog. Giving baby food as treats to your pet is not awful, but keep in mind that your dog can develop fondness for baby food and this will make them picky eaters over the years.

Can I Give My Dog Baby Food? Answer: No

As baby food are really intended for babies, it may contain ingredients that are not that suitable to dogs. It can cause stomach upsets and diarrhea and your dog can even have allergic reactions to some of the components included in the baby food.

It is therefore recommended that baby food should only be given to babies and dog food should be given to dogs. This way, you can be sure that your dogs get the proper nutrition that they need.

Negative Effects of Feeding Your Dog Baby Food

One of the bad effects of always changing your pets’ type of food is that they become picky eaters. If they find that baby food tastes better than dog food, they will refuse to eat this and wait for you to give them baby food instead. When you always give in to your dog’s whims, they will always refuse to eat dog food.

You know for a fact that eating baby food will not provide your dogs with the proper nutrition that they need, as these are intended for humans. Only high quality dog food can give your dogs the nutritional elements that they need as these are made specifically for them.

How to Deal with Picky Eaters

You should know that your pet dog will not let itself starve to death. If they get hungry enough, they will eat whatever is served to them. You should offer dog food to your pets several times in a day. And if they refuse to eat within 10 to 15 minutes, you should take away the food and serve it again a little later.

This will teach your dogs that not eating the food immediately will cause them to go hungry, so they will eat the dog food the next time it is served to them. You should be firm in withholding food if your dog refuses to eat it. And you should never give in by offering baby food just so they’d eat.

Good & Bad Ingredients of Baby Food

If the ingredients in the baby food are comprised of fruits and vegetables like oranges, banana, peas, carrots, and sweet potato, then these are beneficial to your dog too. But if the baby food contains grapes, then the food itself can be considered toxic to dogs.

Other harmful ingredients that may be present in baby food include garlic and onion which can also come in the form of powder.

Mixing Baby Food with Dog Food

You can mix baby food with dog food if you like, just make sure that the baby food doesn’t contain any ingredients that are toxic to dogs. Furthermore, the dog food portion should be greater than the baby food portion, as this is more balanced and nutritious for your pet dog.

If your dog is simply after the smell and moist texture of the baby food, you can also try adding some special sauces that are really intended for dogs. This way, you can be sure that all the ingredients in the food are safe for your dog and nutritionally balanced too.

Don’t Spoil Your Dog with Baby Food

You can only feed baby food to your canine friend as a treat or snack, and not as the main source of nutrition. It will not be beneficial to your dog to rely on baby food alone, as this doesn’t contain the right portions of vitamins and minerals that are needed by the canine body. You should therefore resist spoiling your pet dog into always eating baby food.

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Jamie November 26, 2012

I am wondering about the whole baby food thing. I have a 3 year old pit bull female. I am feeding her a raw meat diet. What I have been doing is feeding her like one pound of raw hamburger, one small thing of mixed vegetables baby food, and one sweet potato (or something like that) then 1/2 cup of plain yogurt, 1 raw egg. Then mix it all together.

The only reason I wanted to go with baby food is because the vegetables are already pureed for me. And with Pit bulls they can’t digest vegetables or fruit if their not pureed. Then she also gets a multi doggie vitamin every day. She has one poo a day. And she seems to be tolerating it just fine. I switch between different vegetables and fruit, and different meats.

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Nojo March 27, 2013

I now feed my dog only baby food (with cooked chicken sprinkled on top). She is 14.5 years old, with CHF, many missing teeth and I have to get several different medications into her every day. She won’t eat dog food and after losing one to toxic dog products, I don’t blame her.

At this point in her life, I believe she should get to eat anything she enjoys. She thoroughly enjoys baby food and has been doing quite well on it. Normal poops, normal pees, normal naps. She also loves her veggies and beef puree.

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Abbie Jones April 10, 2013

Ready made foods made for human babies are not good for pet dogs. It is not nutrient sufficient for puppies. Unlike human babies their growth pace is different.

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Labrador Mom July 10, 2013

I have been giving my 2 labs baby food with their dog food for over 8 years. One of my labs did not see too well but after a while after eating carrots, his vision improved noticeably. I don’t rely solely on baby food but give them each 1T in with their daily feeding. They also eat baby food in apples, pears, sweet potatoes and bananas. One lab just LOVED the bananas. If it’s good for us, why wouldn’t it be good for my animals?

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Margaret July 18, 2014

Many years ago, we got a Pekingese puppy from a breeder. She was teeny tiny, and the breeder told my mom to feed her scrambled eggs, baby food, and cottage cheese three times a day for six weeks. We did, she loved it and absolutely thrived, lived for almost 18 years and the only downside was she could hear you crack an egg from the other end of the house.

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