Luxe wrote:My grandmother had two little yorkies, at one point, and fed them human foods pretty frequently. Maybe once a day or every other day. They lived for a good while, maybe 8 or so years, got gum disease, eventual kidney failure... it all just was a huge landslide after the initial diagoses... They died not too far a part.
Unfortunately, I'm betting genetics had more to do with that than diet. Many small dogs (especially the toy variety) are just not healthy genetically. At work the other day we had a full grown yorkie that, I kid you not, was the same size as one of my guinea pigs (about 2.5lbs). Surprisingly, the sweetest yorkie I've met yet. Most of them are bitey little suckers, Teddy just wanted to be held and loved on.
I'm not saying that diet doesn't influence diseases, it certainly does! But "human" food every so often in moderation will not affect the lifespan of an animal that drastically. Even poor lifestyle choices can lead to long healthy lives because genetics are a bigger factor than environment. Which is why plenty of people can smoke multiple packs a day and not die from lung cancer, but someone who has only been around a few smokers in their lifetime can because they were predisposed to it.
But, it seems to me that you're talking about people who just don't know any better. Is there any way of politely suggesting to read your care sheet or other's care sheets about why that's incredibly unhealthy? Or maybe ask one of the moderators to post a copy of a care sheet for diet at the top of the group?