When it comes to keeping our pup-babies healthy, there are as many opinions as there are people happy to give them. Some people swear that dog food is the best meal option for their pups. Others primarily feed them dog food with some people food treats thrown in from time to time. Others, like me, actually prepare meals that are healthy options for human and pup alike. So who’s right?
The first thing we need to look at is what exactly is our goal? The goal should be to keep your pet happy and healthy through proper diet and exercise. This may astound you but did you know that, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than 50% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese? And, according to Dr. Susan Nelson of Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center,
“Excess weight can aggravate joint disease. It can lead to Type 2 diabetes. It can aggravate
heart conditions, and it can lead to skin diseases as folds in the pet’s skin get bigger.
It can even shorten their life span.”
This is NOT good news, my friends. As responsible pet owners, we need to do a much better job of knowing what Fido is eating. If you feed your pup a commercial brand dog food, check the label. Just as in human food, the ingredients on the label are listed in order of how prevalent that ingredient is in the overall composition of the food. For example, if you see corn, corn meal, wheat, by-products on the ingredients list, you may want to rethink the brand you’re using. That’s just for starters. There are a ton of foods with ingredients that, at the very least, can lead to obesity.
We also need to be very careful about giving our pups table scraps. While they seem to be pretty happy about it, the fact is that many of the foods we eat are not safe for them. Many of us know that dogs can’t have chocolate but did you know that you should also avoid giving them:
- Macadamia nuts
However, some healthy foods you can share with your pups are:
- Cottage cheese
- Green beans
And that’s just for starters! If you haven’t peeked at the Pet Wellness Corner on my website, I encourage you to stop by for a visit. I’m beginning to put up recipes that both you and your pup are sure to love. Also, be on the lookout for our HUGE Rockstar Doggy Momma launch for Mother’s Day!!! ;).
Until then, keep taking care of yourself and remember… health and wellness is important to our fur family too!