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Dog Food for Your Pooch

Dogs are incredibly appealing and personable animals and it is very difficult to say no to them. Combine that with the British love affair with cooking and celebrity chefs, and we have a serious national problem with canine obesity. The amount of food a dog actually needs can be surprisingly little. Small dogs obviously have smaller digestive capacities, but even the largest breeds of dogs like Great Danes only need to eat twice a day.

Dogs are incredibly appealing and personable animals and it is very difficult to say no to them. Combine that with the British love affair with cooking and celebrity chefs, and we have a serious national problem with canine obesity. The amount of food a dog actually needs can be surprisingly little. Small dogs obviously have smaller digestive capacities, but even the largest breeds of dogs like Great Danes only need to eat twice a day.

Feeding dogs then can be relatively affordable, but it is essential that they are fed a proper diet and not indulged with scraps off the table, or at least not on a regular basis. It may be tempting to treat your dog, particularly if you are having steak or something that a dog is sure to appreciate; it is actually far better to dispose of leftover food on a compost heap – if you have one – or in your council-supplied food waste bin. That way, your food is not being wasted so much as appropriated for another use.

You may know that chicken bones are unsuitable to be given to dogs due to their brittle nature and the risk that they could splinter in the dog’s throat; you may not know that other foods such as chocolate and onions are unhealthy for dogs too. As many breeds of dog are likely to snap up anything that is offered to them – edible or otherwise – it is imperative that you keep non-canine food out of reach of greedy dogs. It is also unhygienic to allow dogs access to food that is intended for human consumption, so it works both ways.

Dog food is produced to certain specifications to ensure that your pet is receiving a balanced diet with all the nutrients it needs. It comes in a variety of forms from dry dog food which comes in the form of crunchy pellets to tins and pouches of ‘wet’ food. Different breeds of dogs might need different types of food, so it is important that you research the nutritional facts when you get a new dog.

Dog food should also be supplemented by treats every once in a while; these will help keep your dog happy and far less likely to beg for scraps. You can also buy wonderful dog treats from household name brands like Pedigree that help clean your dog’s teeth, strengthen their gums and keep their breath fresh.

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