Wednesday, March 19, 2014
There are a lot of human foods that can be good for your mutts to eat. However, it is easy for dog owners to start believing in certain myths about what they can and cannot feed their mutts - and more importantly, how much to feed them. Below are some nutritional facts to help dog owners better decide what to and what NOT to feed their pets.
Canned Food vs. Dry Food
Depending on what lifestyle your dog lives, both canned and dry dog food has pros and cons. Canned food usually has more quality-protein, fewer preservatives and calories, and is better tasting. On the other hand, dry dog food is less expensive, cleans your dogs' teeth better, and may satisfy your mutts' urge to nibble and chew on items.
While apples have great nutrients for both humans and your mutts, the seeds of an apple contains a form of cyanide which cannot be easily filtered through your pets' digestive system. Also be careful of how much apples you feed your mutts - too much of the fruit can lead to diarrhea and weight gain.
Fish can be extremely beneficial to dogs who have meat allergies. However, some raw-diet enthusiasts may want to be careful feeding too much raw fish meat to your mutts since fish can contain harmful parasites when uncooked. Also whole-bodied fish has many tiny sharp bones that might cause other health issues.
Right Amount to Feed
While there's no absolute answer to how much or how often you should feed your mutts, the rule of thumb is that if your dog is at a healthy, fit weight and size, then they are probably eating the right amount of food. Most veterinarians will recommend a morning meal and an evening meal for adult dogs to help you better manage your mutts' intake and quality of food.