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Sharing Food with Humans

Dear Jasmine,

I can’t seem to understand whyI can’t eat what my mommy and daddy eat for dinner? I always try to have some of their food but they won’t let me. I would let them have some of my food if they wanted!!

Jasmine, please explain why mommy and daddy won’t share their food with me.

Sincerely yours,
always hungry dog

Dear Always Hungry Dog,

I used to have this same problem, and still at times; I wish it was the other way! After doing my doggy research I have come to understand that our stomachs are much different than our mommy’s and daddy’s. As it turns out we are unable to digest certain things that our humans eat. This explains a lot why we get so sick when we do end up getting some of their food. Some human food can cause major issues –serious illness or even death. For instance eating grapes or onions can be really bad.

Also, if we eat too much of their food over a period of time it can cause us what our humans call diabetes; this disease is very bad for us and also our humans. Humans have more of a variety of foods they eat everyday but they also have to be careful what they eat too so these same symptoms don’t occur for them. Unfortunately, Always Hungry Dog, there is no way around this!!! Be thankful for the food you have in your bowl; you may need to stop being envious because it will probably not change.
I hope this helps Always Hungry Dog.

Jasmine
 

Thu, March 8 2012 » Ask Jasmine, Health

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