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Keep Your Pet Eating Right! Tips from Allivet.com and Pets in Omaha

By on May 1, 2018

If you have a pet dog, you’re probably well aware just how much a pooch can love to eat. Dogs are often food-driven, which means that you can train them and teach them using treats and other delicious delicacies. You may also experience a challenge trying to keep your pup away from human food or to ensure that they don’t overeat and gain weight.

If you have a dog that loves food, it can help to understand how to keep your dog eating right. By knowing how to properly control their nutrition, you can ensure that they feel great and live a happy, healthy life for many years to come. Check out these tips, written by Lannie of Allivet.com, and stay healthy!

Consult Your Vet

The first step to ensuring that your dog is fed properly is talking to your vet. Your vet will be well-versed in the proper diet for your dog, and will not only tell you what kind of food to feed them, but also how much and how often. If your dog seems to be hungry beyond when you feed and what you feed them, talk to your vet about the best way to supplement the food without adding too many calories or causing weight gain. You should also mention if you notice a distinct increase in your dog’s appetite, because that may be an indication of something more serious — such as Cushing’s Disease, which can be treated with Vetoryl.

Get the Right Food

If your vet tells you what kind of food to get for your dog, get that food. If they advise getting a specific category of food (like puppy food, senior food, etc.) make sure you pick that type. Dog food is formulated so that it provides the right nutrients and ingredients for a specific type or age of dog. By choosing the right type of food, you’re picking a formula that will ensure your dog is nourished properly.

Stick to a Schedule

Dogs thrive on routines. In order to teach your dog about when feeding time is or isn’t, be religious about sticking to a schedule. The schedule you choose for your dog is up to you. However, when you choose it — follow it every day (unless there’s some extenuating circumstance that makes it impossible). Your dog will learn when it’s time to eat, so that when it’s not time to eat, they won’t be expecting or asking for food. This can help decrease the chances that they end up overeating throughout the day.

Don’t Feed Your Dog from Your Plate

A lot of human food is just not good for dogs. Humans can eat food that is greasier, saltier, spicier, etc. than dogs can eat. So try to avoid ever feeding your dog human food straight from your plate. There are human foods you can incorporate into a dog’s diet, and you can use these foods as treats or give them at meal time. Some great foods for dogs include blueberries, sweet potatoes, brown rice, and broccoli.

If you have a pet dog that loves food, it doesn’t mean your dog has to be overweight or constantly eating. Instead, by shifting your focus to giving them a healthy, balanced diet, you can ensure that they get the food they love and stay healthy while they eat it.

 

Listed below are some helpful resources referenced in the article that can provide some guidance for those looking for helpful information on pet supplies & medication:

http://www.allivet.com/p-2590-vetoryl-capsules-30-ct.aspx

https://iheartdogs.com/12-healthiest-human-foods-for-dogs/

 

 

 

 

 

About Eric Forrest

Eric is a pet lover, bookworm and dad. He's had 5 family dogs, 4 cats, a cottontail rabbit he nursed back to health, and two ducks. Cats are his preference, but Eric loves all little critters.

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