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5 Reasons to Care About Your Dog’s Health

3. Cravings and Self-control

Do dogs have cravings? I’m not really sure. I know my dog loves bananas, but he doesn’t really seem to think about them until one is peeled in his presence. I do know that self-control is not exactly any dog’s strong suit, but as long as he doesn’t have access to the pantry, this shouldn’t really matter.

Where self-control does play a big role in canine nutrition is in our ability to say “no” to those imploring looks that dogs give us when they want just one more treat or a little something from the table. Tough love people! When “parenting,” sometimes you know best. You just have to stick with your decision, no matter how unpopular it is.

4. Stress Relief Shouldn’t Be About Food

Just like us, dogs have stress in their lives. Being left alone for long periods of time probably causes the most canine anxiety these days. I think owners recognize the stress that alone-time plays in a dog’s life and feel a little guilty about it. Our response? We want to spoil our dogs when we are home, and all too often this comes in the form of food, which can lead to obesity.

Go ahead and spoil your dog, but do it with play, attention or a long walk after dinner, rather than extra food.

5. Feeding a Dog Well Doesn’t Have to be Pricey

Unfortunately, there seems to be a direct relationship between the nutritional quality and cost of human food. It just seems wrong that a couple of apples should cost more than a fast food burger. While there is an element of “you get what you pay for” in dog food, good canine nutrition more than pays for itself in the end. Dogs that eat well are healthier and see the vet less frequently than those that eat the canine equivalent of junk food. Many people also find that they need to feed less when they are feeding a high quality food to their dogs, so the cost per meal (versus per bag) can actually be very reasonable.

Is your dog eating worse, as well, or better than you are?

 

Related:
Nutrition Basics for Pet Owners
Good Nutrition for Healthy Vegan Dogs
Best and Worst ‘People’ Food for Dogs and Cats

Top 5 Reasons Why Our Dogs Should Eat Better Than We Do originally appeared on petMD.com


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7:45AM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

Thank you :)

7:55AM PDT on May 20, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

4:47AM PST on Jan 16, 2014

Nice Post!! We should alwasy take care of our pets because they are our best friends. We can also give a unique identification to our pets using a pet name tag along with their health care.

2:57PM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

Good info.

7:02AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Thanks

3:39AM PDT on Oct 10, 2013

Thank for sharing.

4:45AM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

Thank you Nicolas, for Sharing this!

1:33PM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

thank you

11:25PM PDT on Oct 4, 2013

I was admiring a bulldog recently...... I thought he was still a puppy because he looked so healthy and young.

I soon learnt that a Bulldog's lifespan averages 8 years. This handsome bulldog was actually 9 years old and he was a vegetarian.

It was a long time since I'd seen a vegetarian dog. The last one was a mid-sized dog with the very shiniest, thick black coat. Also extremely healthy and handsome beyond his years.

10:27AM PDT on Oct 3, 2013

We should take care of our animals, however we wish to.

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