Tuesday, 27 February 2007

You are what you eat

What about our pets? The subject of animal nutrition is as fascinating as human nutrition. A lot has been written about it recently and pictures of obese dogs appear in the media on a regular basis. You hear of dogs going into rehab, to fat farms even.We know that if we eat well, we feel well. ( We should anyway ). We have a choice but our pets do not as they depend on us totally so we owe it to them to do the best we can to feed them correctly. We also have to accept responsibility for their health. What is a normal diet for a dog? Pet food manufacturers will tell you, your vet will tell you, the breeders will tell you but let us ask ourselves what we consider normal? A normal diet for pets gives them the correct weight, a good coat, good health and bounding energy to take us on long walks. They should be able to go about their normal doggy business in a way that suits their age, their environment and their temperament. Hence we must work towards maintaining a balanced diet which is the key to good health.What’s a balanced diet? Generally speaking, a diet is balanced if the food contains proteins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates and water. All of these are necessary to ensure exercise, growth, maintenance of good health and also reproduction. They have to be suitable for the dog’s breed, age, lifestyle and activities and have to be adapted as the seasons change. Being knowledgeable about nutrition is not the privilege of the few. You do not need a science degree but you need to gather information and seek advice and a good dose of old fashioned common sense. Obesity in humans causes heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer,… What does it do to our pets?

5 comments:

mutleythedog said...

I have cornflakes or weetabix with skimmed milk and sweetener, de-decaffeinated coffee, and OJ most days. For lunch I like a salad with low fat dressing, and lean chicken or ham. For dinner I lilke to prepare and cook my meals from scratch and would likely have a nice lamb chop with mnted peas , new potatoes and gravy. Like most dogs I am fond of spicey dishes like curry or chilli. My favourite dessert is lime jelly with spray cream. Hope this helps!

mutleythedog said...

I have added you as a link on my famous blog, as we on-line canines must stick together!

mutterings and meanderings said...

Hi eurodog, thanks for visiting my blog.

Did you see the story last week about diet pills for dogs? I wonder if they work?

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