Thursday, August 14, 2008

Too Much Dog Food














This is Hudson -- before and after. We took good care of him, gave him a loving home, but sadly, we also unintentionally allowed him to become obese. As he grew older, arthritis limited his mobility and that's when most of the weight packed on. He passed away at age 12, but I often felt if we'd been able to help him slim down, we could have added a few more years to his life.

Do you wonder why our pets are overweight? The basic reason is obviously caloric intake vs. exercise. But the other day I made an interesting discovery. I was searching the pet store shelves for some canned dog food that might constitute a bland diet. I'd been cooking Kelly chicken and rice for her stomach ailment, but wanted a convenient back up for days I didn't cook. I looked at one can of premium quality "easy to digest" dog food, and read the back. Serving size: daily, one 13 oz can per every 10 lbs of weight. That would mean I'd give Kelly, a small cocker spaniel size dog, 3 1/2 cans of dog food a day! Compared to the amount of dry dog food my vet instructed us to give (1/2 cup, twice a day) that seemed exorbitant. I questioned our vet about it later and she agreed. She suggested feeding the canned dog food in the same volume as what we've been giving her.
If a small dog consumed 3 1/2 cans of dog food every day, they'd surely become obese!

I've been searching for a new brand of high quality, natural dry dog food for Kelly. What do you feed your dogs?

3 comments:

Marley's Mom said...

I talked with a food rep at Petsmart and switched my dogs to "Blue" based on the fact that it is all natural, soy-free, and, according to the makers of Blue, is designed to help prevent cancer as the dog ages. Several times, the checkout girls comment that they are so pleased when they see their customers buy this brand. My vet is equally impressed.

Peggy Frezon said...

Thank you Marley's mom! Kelly enjoys my cooking for her, but since I don't even enjoy cooking for my family, I think some Blue is definitely in order!

elizabeth said...

I feed my dog Evo Small Bites.. she loves it. It's grain free, high protien and low carb. They also have a red meat variety and a lot of home cookers supplement with this.

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