Is dog food safe for me to eat?
Just as there are human foods that dogs shouldn’t eat, people probably shouldn’t eat pet food. While it most likely wouldn’t harm you in the short-term, you do need to remember that pet food is formulated to meet the dietary guidelines of animals whose anatomy is different than ours—so it’s just not a good long-term diet.
Dogs, for instance, have sharp, pointy teeth and they lack the digestive enzyme amylase that breaks down carbohydrates. And their intestines are much, much shorter than ours. They are also classified as omnivore carnivores, which means they need fewer carbohydrates than us. Unlike humans, the carbohydrate isn’t the first energy source for dogs.
There are marketing words, such as “sirloin, porterhouse steak, filet mignon” and “tested for human consumption” that are meant only to appeal to the dog owner. These are not legal definitions. All it means it that the food was tested for humans, but it doesn’t mean it was tested for pets—so it was probably rejected—and now it’s put in dog food.
It’s also important to remember that there might be certain supplements added for a dog that aren’t necessary for humans. It probably won’t hurt you, but it might affect the flavor and texture. On the other hand, it might just hurt you, depending upon the substance and the quantity.
Some people feel strongly that their dogs are part of the family, and insist on sharing meals with their canines. Although it’s still not perfect, a better alternative might be to prepare homemade dog foods because you’ll have total control over the quality of ingredients as well as the safety standards. You’ll be adding your own carbohydrates, such as rice, oatmeal and other grains; meat, and cooked vegetables in equal amounts.
Just please be sure to create the dog food with the guidance of your veterinarian to be sure it’s well-balanced; there may be certain supplements that are necessary for your canine.
Best yet, keep yours and your dog’s food separate!