We have a habit of letting our pets eat our scraps directly from the same plates we eat from. We handwash the plates in detergent before we eat from them again. Is this a safe enough to prevent any spread of disease from them to us or is there a risk?. My wife thinks this is OK but I don't think it is a good idea.
Any help appreciated. Thanks.
We have a habit of letting our pets eat our scraps directly from the same plates we eat from. ... or is there a risk? My wife thinks this is OK, but I don't think it is a good idea.

Assuming your pets see a veterinarian regularly and are disease and symptom free, there's no risk at all. You can't catch something from a dog or cat that the dog or cat doesn't have. If you think your pets might be sick, take care of that before worrying about the plates. As a rule, hand washing plates with a soap made for the job is sufficient. (There might be exceptions in situations where someone's immune system is diminished due to chemotherapy or something extreme like that, but if that's the case, talk to your doctor, not me.) I'd guess that most of us on this group eat from the same plates as our dogs and let our dogs kiss our faces all the time. We're fine.
On the other hand, you don't need a rational reason not to like something. If letting the dogs and cats lick your plate clean is icky to you, then put the scraps in their own bowls. I, for example, don't like my dog to sleep in the bed with me. There's no health reason for that; I just don't like it so I don't let her on the bed.
One more thing to mention: Human food for pets isn't necessarily the best diet for them. I'm not saying it will kill them immediately, but keep an eye on their overall diet to make sure they're getting the right food for them and the right amount of it. You'd be surprised how fast animals become obese when getting people food.
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Any help appreciated. Thanks.

i can't imagine there is any added risk of diseases being spread, as long as the dishes are washed well before you eat off them again. IMO simply having pets share our homes provides plenty of opportunities for diseases to spread, if that were a significant problem. obviously, it's not. the humans we come into contact with every day are a much bigger threat our health than the dogs we share our homes with.

that said, if the thought of having pets eat off your dishes squicks you out, then you shouldn't have to let them continue doing so. there's no reason why you should have to provide any better argument than "that's gross."

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We have a habit of letting our pets eat our scraps directly from the same plates we eat from. We ... or is there a risk?. My wife thinks this is OK but I don't think it is a good idea.

When I was growing up our dogs used to eat off our plates all the time. We were never sickness or had other problems as a result and the dogs used to roam free. (Something we never allow now.) Now, as an adult, I don't like the idea and we put any scraps into the dog's bowls or hand feed them a small bite (when hand feeding we do a bit of training the dogs have to sit or lay down before getting their treat.)

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We have a habit of letting our pets eat our scraps directly from the same plates we eat from. We handwash the plates in detergent before we eat from them again.

Why do you wash the plates after they've already been cleaned by your pets?
Is this a safe enough to prevent any spread of disease from them to us or is there a risk?.

You should be more concerned about spreading disease from you to them since the plate don't get washed before your pets get at them.
My wife thinks this is OK but I don't think it is a good idea.

OK. Now I'll be serious.
Healthwise for the humans, I don't think that you have a problem. Healthwise for the pets, just exactly what gets left on those plates? Probably stuff that you can't or don't want to eat. I wouldn't give my dogs my leftovers: Emeril may say that pork fat rules, but it can lead to pancreatitis in a dog. OK, I don't eat much pork, but the same thing goes for turkey skin.

Behaviourwise, and even though my dogs sleep on my bed, they don't eat with me, nor do I want them begging or giving me "big eyes" while I'm eating and they're waiting for their leftovers. Even though it's straightforward to train a dog to not beg, one of mine is a "give an inch, take a mile" dog with food, so he gets meals only from his food dish.
On that last point, if your leftovers are pet-healthy, scrape them into the pets' food bowls.
My dogs get pre-leftovers - raw mushroom stems, lettuce hearts, and the like with their regular dinner.

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I'd guess that most of us on this group eat from the same plates as our dogs

No freakin' way!
Dog juice is just fine with me, when it comes in the form of a doggie smooch, etc., but I simply refuse to eat from STAINLESS STEEL BOWLS with NON-SKID BOTTOMS!
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My dogs get pre-leftovers - raw mushroom stems, lettuce hearts, and the like with their regular dinner.

Apropos of which:
Exercise and a diet fortified with vitamins, fruits and vegetables helped older dogs learn new tricks and kept them spry in an experiment that scientists said could teach humans a thing or two.
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We have a habit of letting our pets eat our ... the plates in detergent before we eat from them again.

Why do you wash the plates after they've already been cleaned by your pets?

We don't call our dogs Soap and Water for nothin'!

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My dogs get pre-leftovers - raw mushroom stems, lettuce hearts, and the like with their regular dinner.

Apropos of which: Exercise and a diet fortified with vitamins, fruits and vegetables helped older dogs learn new tricks and kept them spry in an experiment that scientists said could teach humans a thing or two. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6840281 /

"Writing in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, they said they divided the dogs into four groups that got either standard care; a diet supplemented with tomatoes, carrot granules, citrus pulp, spinach flakes and supplements; standard care plus extra exercise and play; or the special diet and the special play and exercise regime."

"All 12 of the older beagles that got a supplemented diet and exercise could solve a difficult problem, compared to eight of 10 dogs that got the enriched diet alone and two of eight dogs that got no special treatment."
Am I reading the above wrong?
Group 1: "All 12 of the older beagles that got a supplemented diet and exercise could solve a difficult problem"
Group 2: "compared to eight of 10 dogs that got the enriched diet alone"
Group 3: "two of eight dogs that got no special treatment."

What happened to the results for the "standard care plus extra exercise and play" arm of the study?
Could additional exercise and mental stimulation alone account for good results? I bet it would.
And I'd like to hear more about what exactly constitutes "regular chow."
Anyway, no big surprises here. For best results, feed your dog nutritional food, and provide him with sufficient exercise and mental stimulation.
Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

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