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Is Your Dog on the Right Diet?

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Everyone wants to spoil their precious pup. It’s tempting to just give them any kind of treats and human foods they beg for. However, you need to look out for your dog’s health because they can’t look out for it themselves.

Too Many Treats

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The biggest dietary problem most dogs have is that they’re fed far too many treats. It’s best to keep the dog treats to a minimum for a number of reasons. For one thing, you don’t want a pudgy pup. For another, giving them too many treats makes it harder to reward them during training.

Table Scraps

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By the same token, you need to make sure your dog doesn’t get table scraps. You might think you’re being nice by giving your pup some food from your table, but you’re only encouraging annoying behavior and possible health issues down the road.

Home Cooked Diets

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Some people try to address their dog’s dietary needs by making them food at home. This can seem like a great way to make your dog feel cared for at a glance. After all, making your family meals is a way to show them you love them. So why wouldn’t it work that way for a dog?

Deficiencies

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Your dog probably doesn’t need home-cooked meals. Don’t take this the wrong way, we’re sure your pup is a precious angel, but they’re going to be fine with store-bought dog food. In fact, with home-cooked meals, they might end up with several vitamin deficiencies. If you stick to the store-bought dog chow, they’ll get exposed to the right balance of nutrients.

Overindulgence

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Dogs will always beg for meat, fat, and processed foods. They don’t realize that these things can be very bad for them and can even lead to major health consequences. Specifically, overindulging your dog’s worst food habits can lead to pancreatitis.


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Health Concerns

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Pancreatitis is a condition that causes a number of gastrointestinal issues for dogs, including trouble keeping food down and lethargy in addition to poor appetite. In some cases, pancreatitis can be lethal for dogs. Avoid those table scraps!

Bland Diet

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Some dog owners address short-term health issues by cooking some bland foods for their dogs. Things like plain chicken and cooked pasta have been shown to help with gastrointestinal issues in some dogs. In short bursts, this can be quite helpful.

Underlying Health Concerns

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However, if you’re constantly using these methods to address your dog’s stomach issues, there are probably underlying health concerns you need to address. Speak to your vet and see if there are things like IBS, intestinal parasites, or other illnesses at play.

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Don’t Switch Fast

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As we’ve noted, you don’t want to switch your dog’s food over too quickly. Most vets recommend a four-day transition period. Feed them 25% new food and 75% old food on day one, then half and half the next day, and 75-25 the third day. On the fourth day they should be okay with 100 percent new food.

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Long-Term Care

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Taking care of your dog’s health for their entire life is your job. You need to make sure they’re getting plenty of nutrition and the right amount of exercise for their breed. Overfeeding them can lead to serious health problems!

Read More: 10 Common Foods to NEVER Give Your Dog


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