Nutrition

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Your dog's diet - Should it include table scraps?

We have all done it. Our cute, little furry friend is practically smiling at us from beneath the kitchen table. Their ears are perked and their tail is wagging. We know what our dog wants. Just a teeny tidbit from dinner would be fabulous, right? What could it hurt? It is just a bite or two after all.

Hold Fido's ears he will not want to hear this. A dogs diet really should not contain table scraps. People food is just that...for people. A dogs nutritional needs are not the like as a humans. Sure enough, we eat some of the same things, but giving your pet food from the table is one of the largest mistakes for your pet. A dogs diet does not want all the added goodies we add into our meals.

Individuals have frequently have weight problems like obesity. Well a dog can have this trouble as well. If your dogs diet involves for the most part table scraps, then the chances are that your dog will not maintain a healthy weight. Even a a couple of pounds over weight can make a great difference in the quality of health and length of your pet's life.

When you have a dog who is not a picky eater, it can be tempting to let your pet be the garbage disposal in your home, but really, this is not a good idea. Certain people foods can harm your dog and should never be a part of your dog's diet. Grapes, for example, have been known to cause serious problems for dogs, even death. Chicken bones and popcorn can also be a problem for your dog. Permitting significant amounts of chocolate can be dangerous in a dog's diet.

A poor diet even shows up out in the yard. When your dog's diet is not at its best, your pets outputs will be bigger in size, smell, and mess. The benefits of choosing a healthy diet for your dog will be noticeable in your pets health, as well as, during those walks around the block.

There are a a couple of occasions when a supplement or treat from the kitchen may be alright, but never in excess. Speak to your vet about healthy snacks for your dog's diet. If you simply must continue feeding Fido at the table, many vets recommend you give your pet ice cubes or pieces of carrot to munch on between regular feeding times. Providing your pet these healthy alternatives to pizza and cupcakes gives you the freedom to select a healthy and nutritious snack for your dog's diet.

The next time your pet begins eyeing your food, what you want to do is redirect their attention. Do not use your table scraps. Instead give your dog a refreshing ice cube to munch on. A baby carrot will keep your dog happy and make you feel good about the right options you have made for the nutritional value of your dog's diet. If you follow these steps, you will know that you are doing your best to give pet a high quality diet.

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