Dogs come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. However, there is one thing they all have in common: a love of food. Given the choice, Fido would probably eat, well, pretty much anything and everything. However, it’s up to you to make sure your furry bff is getting proper nutrition. A Crown Point, IN vet offers advice on feeding dogs in this article.
Did you know that giving Fido just ten calories too much each day can cause him to gain a pound a year? That may not make much difference to a St. Bernard, but it’s definitely a lot for a Chihuahua! Pay close attention to serving sizes. You may want to get a dedicated pitcher or measuring cup for kibble.
Slow It Down
As we all know, dogs are very, very enthusiastic about food. Fido has been known to ‘wolf’ down his dinner … only to throw it right back up again. Try putting a ball in your furry buddy’s dish. He’ll have to move it around to eat, which will slow him down. Just be sure to use a ball that’s appropriate for your pet’s size. Large dogs can choke on tennis balls, while small pups may have a hard time moving one.
Getting a good set of dishes is very important. Plastic is cheapest, but it quickly develops cracks that can harbor dangerous bacteria. Stainless steel or ceramic bowls are both better options. Also, consider getting Fido some elevated doggy dishes, which are more comfortable to eat from.
No discussion of doggy nutrition would be complete without mentioning treats. Our furry friends manage to get even more adorable than usual when they think they’re getting snacks. Don’t let Fido’s theatrics overrule your vet’s recommendations, though. It’s probably safe to say that treats are a big factor in rising pet obesity rates. In general, treats should make up about 5 percent of your pup’s daily caloric intake.
Only give your canine pal safe foods. Chocolate; caffeine; junk food; alcohol; pitted fruits; raw meat, dough, or yeast; and meat on the bone are all unsafe. Grapes, currants, and raisins are also poisonous to pets, as are garlic, onions, scallions, and chives, and anything that contains xylitol.
Please contact us, your Crown Point, IN vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!