Food For Thought
We all know the importance of a healthy and balanced diet when feeding ourselves and our families, so why do we often overlook our furry family members? While it is easy to stick with the same food our dog has had since joining the family, it may be an idea to investigate the options available.
More often than not, we show our dogs praise and love through food. With recent research showing that 65% of dogs in the UK are overweight, we think it’s time to take action and know how to prevent this.
The recommended diet for dogs varies dependant on breed, age, weight, health and more. The first port of call when altering your dogs diet should be your regular Vet. They will have information regarding the factors that will determine your dog’s dietary requirements. Your vet can then give you a good idea of where to start.
Many dog owners, myself included, are guilty of failing to measure out their dog’s food. The use of scoops or cups can be inaccurate and cause you to feed almost 20% more food each serving. Using digital scales can help combat this and ensure your dog is getting the correct amount of food.
A range of canine problems can be caused by obesity such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.
A good way to prevent obesity and encourage weight loss it to maintain a diet rich in protein and fibre but low in fat. This will help your pooch feel fuller for longer and also increase energy levels.
Remember, if you plan to alter your dogs diet, this should be done gradually, ideally over a 7-14-day period. Start by mixing a small amount of the new food with the old and increase the ratio of new to old food daily until only the new food remains. This also helps you to spot any changes and symptoms that the new food may not be suitable for your dog.