We have all done it. Our cute, little furry friend is practically smiling at us from beneath the kitchen table. The ears are perked and the tail is wagging. We know what our puppy is after. Just a tiny tidbit from dinner would be delightful, right? What could it hurt? It is just a bite or two after all.
Hold Fido’s ears he won’t want to hear this. A puppy’s diet really should not contain table scraps. People food is just that…for people. A puppy’s nutritional needs are not the same as a human’s. Sure, we eat some of the same things, but feeding your pet from the table is one of the biggest mistakes for your pet. A puppy’s diet doesn’t require all the added goodies we put into our meals.
People have problems with obesity. A puppy can have this problem, as well. If your puppy’s diet consists mostly of scraps from the dinner table, chances are high that your puppy will have trouble maintaining a healthy weight. Even a few pounds overweight can really make a difference in the quality and length of your pet’s life. Curb the begging and stick to your guns.
Keep Your Food on Your Plate or in Your Stomach
When you have a puppy who is not a picky eater, it can be tempting to let your pet be the garbage disposal in the home, but really, this is not a good idea. Certain people foods can harm your puppy and should never be a part of your puppy’s diet.
Grapes, for example, have been known to cause serious problems for puppies, even death. Chicken bones and popcorn can also be a problem for your puppy. Permitting large quantities of chocolate can be dangerous in a puppy’s diet.
A poor diet even shows up out in the yard. When your puppy’s diet is not at its best, your pet’s outputs will be greater in size, smell, and mess. The benefits of choosing a healthy diet for your puppy will be noticeable in your pet’s health, as well as, during those walks around the block.
There are a few occasions when a supplement or treat from the kitchen may be alright, but never in excess. Talk to your veterinarian about healthy snacks for your puppy’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 scheduled feeding times. Providing your pet these healthy alternatives to pizza and cupcakes gives you the freedom to choose a healthy and nutritious snack for your puppy’s diet.
So, the next time your beloved pet starts eyeing your grub, redirect his or her attention. Don’t reach for your fatty steak or chicken leg. Instead, toss your buddy a cool, refreshing ice cube to bat around and munch on. A couple of baby carrots will keep Fido happy and leave you feeling good about your choices for the nutritional value of your puppy’s diet. You will know that you are doing your best to maintain a high-quality diet for your pet.
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