Did you know that feeding your pet with food remains can be dangerous?
by Kathy Gámez
Your pet’s nutrition is a fundamental issue. There are different types of food in the market, which seek to offer adequate nutrition for every stage of life of your dog or cat. Despite having these options, it is not strange to want to share with our furry some human food, however this can represent multiple drawbacks.
Experts in the topic explain some of these problems that can affect your wellbeing after receiving food that is not specifically designed for them:
Risks of obesity:
The calorie needs of dogs and cats are lower than those of humans, and many human foods are denser compared to pet food recipes. Consuming a greater amount of calories can end up in obesity problems, leading to health problems and even shorter life expectancy.
To help keep pets at a healthy weight, it is recommended to be attentive to body condition, activity level, health status and life stage to help determine the proper amount of food needed.
The common and safe ingredients for most humans may have dangerous implications for the health of dogs and cats. Although the level of toxicity depends on the species of your pet, these are some components not recommended: coffee, tea, chocolate, candy, grapes, garlic, onion, squash, macadamia, alcohol among others.
Pet food that is labeled “complete and balanced” is formulated to provide the essential nutrients at appropriate levels that your dog or cat requires. This includes proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Excess of certain nutrients can also pose a threat to your health. For example, fat-rich foods such as turkey skin or leftover chicken may cause canine pancreatitis or inflammations of the gastrointestinal tract which begin with signs such as diarrhea, vomiting, or appetite. 🙁
Behavior and Training problems:
If you feed your pet regularly with leftover food it can cause behavior problems, like he is constantly on the table asking for food. If you want to train your dog or cat and reward it with some food, it is better to use commercial treats that contain ingredients suitable for the unique nutritional needs of the pet.
Shutterstock images: Maltese and cat Eating | Cat tries to steal food from the table.
22 Feb 2018 - Sin categoría