What’s in your pet’s diet, Part two

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Table scraps

We all know those cute puppy dog eyes (or kitty begging) when we are eating our meal but sometimes it’s best to ignore or limit the treats they get. But if you wanna still give them a treat make sure it’s safe and NO junk food (yes this means chips and popcorn).  Certain foods are poisonous in different amounts (the larger the amount eaten the more dangerous it is) including onions, grapes, chocolate, raisins, nuts, garlic, dairy (many are lactose intolerant), chives, coconut, citrus, raw and under cooked meat, salt and salty snacks, and yeast dough. If you are sure that it is safe to give your pet make sure you lessen the amount of dog/cat food you give to ensure your pet doesn’t become plump. Feeding your pet table scraps will teach them to beg, so if you want a peaceful meal without pleading eyes, whining and scratching, it’s best to not give in to the begging.


Treats, treats and treats.

Treats are great, they can be used for training but just like in humans, moderation is key. People love to give their dogs bones however cooked bones can become splintered and lodge in their throats. Dogs who are given bones should only be given when you can watch them. Rawhide can also be dangerous as if it is ingested it can actually enlarge in the throat or intestines and can be fatal. Antlers and bully sticks are a safer alternative to rawhide but should be monitored and once it gets small it should be thrown out.


Extra tidbits:

  • Feed your pet according to it’s age range (kitten/puppy, adult, senior) and read the label to find out guidelines of the amount.
  • Do not feed your cat dog food and vice versa.  Dog’s have different nutritional requirements then cats.
  • Do not change the food abruptly but slowly by adding the new food into the regular food over time.
  • Does your pet inhale it’s food? Slow feeders are great for pets, as well giving small meals instead of one large bowl of food. This can prevent your pet from getting sick due to over eating and eating too fast.
  • If your pet isn’t having drinking enough water throughout the day, add some water to their dry food.
  • If your pet suddenly stops eating, and becomes lethargic bring them to the vet asap.
  • Do not disturb a pet who is eating, this can cause anxiety and even make an animal lash out.
  • Medium to large breed dogs should eat from a raised bowl to prevent bloating. A raised stand can be ought at various pet stores, some breeds are more susceptible to bloating.
  • Do not feed your dog before travelling in the car as this can encourage car-sickness, or an hour before or after exercise as this could contribute to a stomach dilation and torsion (also known as bloat) which is a life threatening condition requiring immediate veterinary intervention.


We all love our pets and love to spoil them but it is important to read labels and give treats in moderation to ensure to your pet lives a long healthy life.