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I have a miniature schnauzer who will be 4 years old in

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Hello, I have a miniature schnauzer who will be 4 years old in June. She's around 16 lbs, had HGE as a puppy but otherwise has been relatively healthy. Is it good or not good to give these little dogs human food. Schatzie just does not like her kibble sometime (Royal Canin for Miniature Schnauzers with a sprinkle of Primal turkey and sardine on top).

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is the Miniature Schnauzer's name?

Schatzie

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Schatzie?

She seems to have a fair amount of anxiety - licks her paws obsessively.

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Dr. Bruce
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Hi. My name is***** Thank you for your question about your little one. Human food for dogs is always a good question. I would say that in small amounts it most likely is ok. Larger amounts is where problems typically arise as they have more calories in then typically. At my clinic, the dogs that get a higher percentage of human foods are typically on the heavier side. If she is maintaining her weight well, then small treats seem to again be ok for her.
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I'd say she could lose a pound or half a pound. Is weight the issue then? And is it really that bad if she skips a meal occasionally?
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Her preferred weight is 15.5 lbs, and she weighed 16 lbs. at her last vet visit.
That increase in weight could be due to the extra calories being eaten along with a combination of not enough exercise to burn off those calories. Again, people food / treats are a big source of calories for pets that get more than a little of them.
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