Why You Should Monitor Your Dog’s Diet
Were you aware that dogs can develop food allergies at any point in their life? Plus, if a dog has a sensitive stomach, even carefully selected and high-quality treats can cause tummy troubles. Monitoring your dog’s diet is an important part of maintaining their health. This includes watching what is given to them by well-meaning friends and guests.
Treats from strangers, or even friends, can interfere with training, behavior, and the dog’s health. Even dogs with a strong stomach, no dietary restrictions, perfect behavior, and no philosophical dietary limitations on your part can suffer from problems if treats are fed in excess. Consumption of large quantities of rich foods can cause pancreatitis, a sever digestive system problem that can be life-threatening in extreme situations.
Another reason that strangers or guests should not be allowed to give your dog treats is that they are not always aware of what is good and bad for dogs. For example, here’s a short list of items that are toxic to dogs:
- Avocado leaves, fruit, seeds, and bark
- Raw bread dough
- Grapes or raisins
- Cultivated hops
- Moldy food
So, how do you deal with other people feeding your dog? Some pet owners suggest making it known as soon as a guest walks in the door that nobody is to feed the dog, and explain if there is a medical reason for it if you need to. Or if your dog is on a special diet, let your guests know that they don’t eat treats, only their meals.
In addition to checking what friends or strangers give your dog, or not allowing food from strangers, another way to monitor your dog’s diet is to check the ingredient list on their food. Certain dyes, fillers, and processed meats, grains, and proteins can cause allergies in dogs just as in humans. Taking not of the ingredients will allow you to perform an elimination diet if ever necessary.
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