Give your pet the best nutrition you possibly can for all the days of their lives.
There are foods that nourish your dog’s body and promote good health as well as longevity. Then there are foods that cause obesity, illness, and disease. Just like humans, an overweight dog can experience a multitude of health problems. Being obese can shorten their life expectancy considerably, too, so you should always be aware of what you’re feeding your pet as well as the amount of food you’re giving to them each day.
The following lists include the best and worst foods to feed your dog. Knowing which human foods your dog can eat is very helpful. It prevents tragedies from occurring by keeping you, your family, and houseguests from feeding your pet something they shouldn’t eat. If you continue to have questions about pet food and animal nutrition, contact your veterinarian or a pet nutritionist for additional answers.
Foods That Benefit Dogs
Some of the best foods to feed dogs include peanut butter without xylitol, salmon, carrots, pumpkin, eggs, sweet potatoes, apples, and oatmeal. As always, it’s important to discuss these items with your pet’s veterinarian before giving them large quantities of the food. If your pet has allergies, any food or ingredient can be lethal. If you’re not sure about a product that you’ve not given your pet before in the past, check out our app to determine if it is something you’d feel safe giving to your dog. The free Petrics app is available for Android and iOS phones.
Too much of a good thing can be very bad for your dog. Make sure to have your pet weighed regularly to ensure that they are healthy and can remain physically active. The more weight a dog carries on their frame, the greater the chance they have of developing a disease. Pet obesity robs animals of their vitality as well as years of their lives.
Foods That Harm Dogs
Items and ingredients that should never be fed to a canine according to the ASPCA include avocados, chocolate, coffee, caffeine, citrus, coconut oil in large amounts, grapes and raisins, macadamia nuts, milk, dairy, nuts, onions, garlic, chicken bones, salty foods, and xylitol. Each of these items has made dogs ill and even resulted in their deaths in some cases. Before feeding your pet any “people food,” make sure you read ingredient labels. Some peanut butter contains xylitol which is very dangerous for dogs.
If you suspect that your dog has consumed something they shouldn’t, contact the Animal Poison Control hotline right away. Keeping the phone number posted in a visible location is essential. It allows you to receive the information and instruction needed to save your beloved pet’s life.
What the Petrics App Does for You
The Petrics app makes it easy for you to know which ingredients make up the food and treats that you feed your dog. Download it today from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. You’ll be able to start using it right away. Having a go-to resource that you can use anytime day or night is valuable. It puts the power of good decision-making into your hands.