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Are you wondering if your dog can be fed baby food?
These formulas are obviously designed for human newborns, but does that necessarily make them all wrong for animals?
Truth be told, most veterinarians will tell you there should be a good strategic reason to provide baby food.
While dogs have different dietary needs, bland nourishment can make sense for canines at the end of their lives. And there are also situations where this type of food is useful on a temporary basis.
Only Feed Your Dog Baby Food When Necessary
And be very careful to withhold any formula that contains garlic or onion powder. Those are toxic ingredients when it comes to your best buddy.
Something else to consider…
Frequently feeding baby food could make your dog a finicky eater. Young puppies, in particular, can easily develop a frustrating food fussiness.
Be Selective With Ingredients
It must be stressed that you’ve got to be choosy.
Baby foods typically include fruits and vegetables such as:
- Sweet potato
Good news! These are beneficial and generally a net positive for dogs.
On the other hand…
Any brand that contains onion (usually in powder form) or garlic is strictly off limits to your dog. And there is a real potential for harm if, for example, grapes are an ingredient in the baby food.
Carefully read the product’s label!
It’s Not For Healthy Hounds
Baby food is often used in emergency animal hospitals for under-the-weather pets.
We asked Veterinarian Sara Redding Ochoa (DVM) for her thoughts and here is what she said:
“Feeding baby food is a great idea if your dog is very sick. It’s easy to provide via syringe, but most under-the-weather canines will eat a little bit of baby food on their own before they will touch their regular dog food.”
But a thriving puppy doesn’t need this type of human-formulated diet.
It really is best to avoid experimenting when it comes to your dog’s diet and this applies to baby foods as well. Allergic reactions also aren’t out of the question.
The point is you should strive to keep your dog’s life as simple as possible!
Here’s The Biggest Downside
Dogs are prone to becoming picky eaters!
Does your buddy already like baby food?
Careful! They may begin refusing to eat what they really need to be healthy.
Make no mistake about it:
Giving in to your dog’s whims is a sign of behavioral trouble ahead. Avoid this early on while they are still puppies.
Mixed-In With Dog Food
Some people mix baby food with dog food which is better than straight baby food.
But again, if going that route, you must ensure there are no harmful ingredients.
And the dog food portion should be the majority of the serving size. It’ll be more balanced and nutritious assuming you’re buying the good stuff.
Regarding Picky Eaters
It is important to instill in your dog (or puppy) that not eating their adult meals will cause them to miss out and possibly go hungry.
Be firm! Consider withholding food if your dog refuses to eat.
Whatever you do…
Do not give in by offering questionable provisions including baby food unless a vet expressly recommends it.
The Bottom Line
Only feed your dog baby food if there’s a valid medical reason. Otherwise, doing so is not recommended.
While usually not dangerous, these formulas don’t offer the right balance of vitamins and minerals. Canines have a distinct set of nutritional requirements compared to newborn babies.
Last but not least, careful of bad feeding habits. Avoid spoiling an already healthy dog with baby food.