Top tips on a healthy diet for your pooch
Do you know what you can and can't feed a dog? Our wagulous friends from David Cuffe & Associates are back with even more wagnificent advice, this time on the do's and dont's of feeding your BFF (Best Furry Friend).
Generally speaking, it's best to vary a doggy's diet as little as possible. While humans may thrive on variety, sudden variations in diet for a dog may cause stomach upsets.
Below are some great ideas for healthy snacks that pooches absowoofly love:
- Ice cubes
- Raw, meaty bones
- Fruit and veg, such as carrots and green beans.
- Many owners keep a stock of canine training treats and these are fantastic. Just remember, moderation is key :)
Here's a list of food/objects that doggies should never eat:
- Cooked bones - Once cooked, bones can easily splinter and cause a hazard. Raw bones are great though, and will make your dog very happy!
- Onions and chives - In any form (raw, cooked, dry and powdered), onions can be toxic due to the disulfides and sulfoxides contained within them, both of which can cause severe anaemia and damage red blood cells.
- Grapes and raisins - Grapes contain a toxin that can cause liver damage and kidney failure for our puppy pals.
- Fat trimmings can cause bouts of Pancreatitis (a very painful condition) for some dogs and should be avoided.
- Plants - Many plants are poisonous so The Pet Poison Helpline have some fantastic information on this.
There's two important things borrowers and owners should remember:
- Have a thorough conversation about the doggy's regular diet.
- Borrowers should stick to this as closely as possible
For other great tips on what owner and borrower should chat about, here's 10+ questions to sniff out on a 'Welcome Woof.'
If, for any reason, you suspect your dog has ingested something that could be potentially harmful, such as chocolate, medicine, rat poison, or an unusual household item, phone your vet immediately and arrange for the dog to be seen as soon as possible to be assessed and treated as necessary.
It is very useful for all dog lovers to have a list of foods/substances that can be potentially dangerous for our canine friends - The Pets Poison Helpline has lots of useful information on poisons for dogs.