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Just like humans, it’s easy for dogs to put on a few extra pounds if they consume too many calories and aren’t getting enough exercise, particularly as they get older. According to a PDSA report released last year, around 1 in 3 dogs are either overweight or obese, which is quite a shocking statistic.
As a species, we sometimes feel an almost primal urge to feed our dogs food that is meant for us, sometimes as a treat or reward, more often as it seems to bring the dog happiness. Whilst you may think, in moderation, this isn’t doing much harm, it actually is. Dogs get their recommended daily calorie intake from dog food, which also provides all the nutrients needed to maintain a healthy life. Once we start substituting this with human food, problems can occur. As well, the calorific increase from eating human food can also add up, and before long, you have on your hands an overweight pet.
As shown in the graphic above, food that we humans consider little more than a snack – a Mcvities digestive, for instance – given to a small dog as a treat, would take it over its recommended daily calorie intake by 19%, assuming it got its required amount from dog food (as you would expect). As a one off, this would have little effect on it, however, if this were to happen once or twice a week, you can see the kind of problem it would cause.
For more detail on the infographic, please see this article here. For information on how you can help your dog lose weight safely, please consult your vet. For more information on dog insurance, visit Vetsure.
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