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Tips for Feeding Fido

Food is definitely one of Fido’s favorite things. In fact, if your pup had his way, he’d probably spend the majority of each day munching on snacks and meals. Here, a Folsom, CA vet offers some advice on feeding your canine buddy.

Serving Sizes

Fido may not be worried about his waistline, but he’ll be much healthier at or near his normal weight. Pay close attention to your furry friend’s portion sizes. Even giving your pooch just a little too much food every day can cause him to pack on extra pounds.

Dishes

Our canine pals are more comfortable eating from raised dishes. Fido often has to strain his back and neck to eat off bowls on the floor. Consider giving your dog’s dinnerware a ‘pupgrade.’ If your furry buddy has plastic bowls, you also may want to replace these. Plastic is cheap, but it soon develops small cracks, which can harbor bacteria.

Reading Labels

All dog foods are definitely not created equal. Get into the habit of reading labels. You’ll want to opt for brands that list meat, fish, or poultry first and more frequently than anything else. Also, try to choose products with ingredients you can identify.

Unsafe Foods

Dogs are always very interested in our food, and are pretty good at getting us to share it. Fido has had a very long time to master that adorable ‘sad puppy’ stare! However, be careful what you give him. Many foods are toxic to pets. Some, like grapes, can cause dogs to go into organ failure after eating only a tiny amount. Some foods on the no-no list include garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; alcohol; chocolate; nuts, especially macadamia nuts; grapes, currants, or raisins; pitted fruits; avocado; alcohol; xylitol; meat on the bone; and/or raw meat, dough, and yeast.

Suitable Snacks

Treats are fine, but you don’t want to overindulge your canine pal. Keep snacks to about 5 percent of Fido’s diet. Also, choose healthy treats, like plain, boneless meat, fish or chicken.

Slowing Fido Down

Many dogs have a habit of basically inhaling their food, and then throwing it up. Try putting a tennis ball in your pup’s dish to slow him down a bit. (Note: don’t do this for large breeds, as they can choke on tennis balls.)

Please reach out to us, your Folsom, CA vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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