Can I Give My Dog Baby Food?

Can I Give My Dog Baby Food?If you are considering feeding your dog a human baby food, you’ll want to read up about it here. While quality baby food is healthy for human babies, this isn’t necessarily true for puppies and dogs.

Humans and canines obviously require different diets. This is even more true during the critical newborn years. Let’s touch on the particulars of providing baby food to a dog here, as it may help you avoid a potential mistake.

Of course, most baby foods aren’t toxic to pet dogs. But this type of formulated food, in general, isn’t a great source of nutrition for them. Also, keep in mind that your puppy could develop a fondness for baby food making them picky eaters later in life.

Can I Give My Dog Baby Food? Answer: Not a good idea

The ingredients in most baby foods aren’t well suited for dogs or puppies.

If you have a healthy puppy, feeding them human baby food diet isn’t a good way to introduce them to the world of food. At the very least it can cause an stomach upset and diarrhea. They may even have an allergic reaction to some of the ingredients found in the baby food. For example, some baby foods contain onion powder.

So keep it simple, baby food should only be given to babies and quality puppy food such as Taste of the Wild (grain-free) should be given to puppies. This way, your dog will get the proper nutrition they need.

Another Baby Food Downside

One of the negative effects of messing with a pet’s food is that they sometimes become picky eaters. If they come to like baby food more than regular dog food, they’ll refuse to eat what they really need! Giving in to your dog’s food whims is a bad sign of behavioral trouble ahead. It’s important to avoid this problem early on while they are still puppies.

Besides, only a high quality dog food can give a pet dog the nutritional elements needed to live strong and long. These foods were created specifically for them.

Some Baby Food Ingredients

Often, ingredients in baby foods include fruits and vegetables such as oranges, banana, peas, carrots and sweet potato. These are beneficial and a net positive for dogs. But if the baby food contains an element of grapes, then that’s a different story. Other harmful ingredients sometimes present in popular baby food products include onion, as previously mentioned, and garlic which usually comes in powder form.

Baby Food Mixed w/ Dog Food

Some people mix baby food with dog food which is certainly better than straight baby food. But you must be sure that it doesn’t contain any ingredients that are potentially toxic. Believe it or not, the smell and moist texture of the baby food can be enticing to some dogs. In any case, the dog food portion should be the majority of the serving size. It’s just more balanced and nutritious for your four-legged friend, assuming you are buying the good stuff.

Dealing with Picky Eaters

Don’t worry! Your pet dog will not allow themselves to starve to death. If they get hungry enough, they will eat whatever is served to them. You should, however, offer quality dog food to them several times daily. But if they refuse to eat within 10 to 15 minutes, it’s best to take away the food and serve it again a little later.

This method teaches your dog or puppy that not eating their meal immediately will cause them to miss out and possibly go hungry. They will be more likely to eat their food the next time it’s served to them. Be firm when withholding food if your dog refuses to eat it. Whatever you do, don’t give in by offering baby food unless a vet expressly recommends doing so.

Conclusion on Baby Foods

It would be better if you didn’t feed your puppy or adult dog any baby food. Under normal circumstances, it simply does not contain the right balance of vitamins and minerals that are needed for their canine bodies. Resist spoiling your pet dog by allowing them to eat baby food and, at the same time, avoid introducing bad habits to them.

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Carol April, 2015

I have two Shih Tzu. They are very picky eaters and will not eat dog food at all. The breeder had them on fish and boiled chicken and I’ve continued that. They now refuse to eat that and will go a day without eating at all. Any ideas?

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Melissa May, 2015

I have a Shih Tzu named Zoey. She has a sensitive stomach and will go through periods of throwing up. She’s lactose intolerant and so we cannot give her anything with any type dairy products, even dog food with cheese in it. When she is having upset stomach I have boiled boneless, skinless chicken breast and rice in plain water which seems to help. I will only give her chopped pieces of the chicken, rice and lukewarm broth for a day or 2.

I know you aren’t asking because they are sick, but it could be why they are not wanting to eat. This could also explain why they are picky eaters. They could have sensitive tummies and associate eating with a tummy ache, causing them to avoid eating as long as possible. I am by no means a vet or anything, this is just an opinion based on my many years of experience with animals that have food allergies or sensitive stomachs. I hope this helps.

Sometimes you have to take everything and gradually start back introducing food, 1 item at a time, until you can determine which one may be causing them to have an upset tummy. That’s how we found out Zoey was lactose intolerant. Good luck!

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Kandy April, 2015

I have a 14 and a 16 year old Pekingese. They will not eat hard food and when they eat wet food they have very runny bowel movements all day. I have been giving them baby meat products mixed with baby rice cereal. Will this hurt them? It is all I can get them to eat. Please let me know.

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John April, 2015

Be tough. Starve them until you can at least feed them a mix to get it down. Sometimes they will wait you out 2 to 3 days, maybe longer, but it’s their life that’s on the line.

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Maria March, 2015

I have a 6 pound Teacup Poodle. He used to eat dog food and was a fairly good eater at the beginning, then he got sick. The vet diagnosed him with Microvascular Dysplasia (liver shunt not processing proteins). He was put him on vegetarian diet with Royal Canine vegetarian dog food and certain vegetables. Now it’s had to get him to eat. Would a teaspoon of veggie or fruit-style baby food be harmful when added to dog food be okay?

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Elizabeth March, 2015

I am not a vet, but I would suggest giving your little one some pumpkin (like the organic canned kind)! My sisters little dog was on a strict diet because of kidney failure and the vet said this was a safe alternative. It was added to her food when she refused to eat the new stuff by itself. She loved it and even gained some weight!

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Steven October, 2014

I have been giving my American Pit Bull Terrier a snack a day usually after a vigorous walk. That snack will contain yogurt, non-sweetened corn flakes and Gerber baby food consisting of sweet potato, green beans, carrots and bananas. Sometimes I add apples and blueberries (also Gerber baby food). All together it’s about a cup full and he absolutely loves it.

For his regular meals, fed to him 3 times a day, he is fed Blue Wilderness Puppy Food. He has their 3 most popular blends; Chicken, Red Meat and Bison. With his regular meals I give him 2 table spoons of Dean’s 1% Milkfat Cottage Cheese.

Apollo is a very active 4 month old and with 2 30-45 minute walks a day and significant playing time in the backyard I believe his diet is very good for him. I use the baby food as vitamin supplements. I would never replace his daily kibble for baby food and it is not something that is ever offered with his puppy chow. Only after walks as a “good boy” snack.

I will say that it does an excellent job of keeping his stool soft but still solid. Apollo also has a fairly regular schedule for #2 business. However he will occasionally have stinky gas, but I don’t mind that to often. Haha

It’s all about research and making sure you don’t over do it.

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Margaret July, 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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