Things to Keep in Mind When Feeding Your Pet
When you’re feeding your pet, it doesn’t matter if it is a dog, cat, fish, bird, hamster, turtle, whatever it might be, one of the first things to consider is in how much you’re feeding it. Some animals can actually die if they are fed too much food, while others will slowly starve if not given the exact nutritional requirements that they need to survive. For a dog in particular, dog’s don’t understand the meaning of feeling full. Because they love to eat, they will keep eating as long as you keep providing it to them. This is why, even after you have just fed your dog, and you and your family might sit down to have dinner, some bigger dogs tend to watch you, and they salivate. It isn’t necessarily because they are hungry, it is because they smell the food, they see you eating it, and it just triggers a neuron in their brain that makes them want to eat more. They simply have no control at all, so it is up to the pet owner to know when to say enough is enough, unless you want a severely obese pet. Of course, too much food can be detrimental to their health, and this can be very bad when it comes to table scraps, and feeding these to them.
Many Veterinarians claim that you should never feed your dog table scraps, but then others say it is okay as long as it isn’t an awful lot, and as long as it isn’t something that is done on a daily basis. This is because dogs digestive systems are totally different from ours. What we can tolerate, they might not be able too, and this is definitely true when it comes to table scraps that have human seasonings on them. If you have just fed your dog their dog-food, and they are staring at you eat, and salivating, then you should simply ignore them, because, as was said, they don’t know the meaning of being full, so of course your food looks good to them. It is kind of the same thing when it comes to cats as well.
Cats have a tendency to act and behave the same way dogs to when it comes to getting fed. However, the big difference between cats and dogs is that the majority of people free feed cats. They put a certain amount of food and water out a day, and when that is gone the cat doesn’t get anymore food. What you have to consider with dogs, on the other hand, as they are trained to eat on a schedule, as many of the dog breeders in Dubai start this with many of the various breeds rather early. The reason for this is to get their digestive system on the clock right. You see, you should already be aware that dogs don’t use litter boxes, they have to be taken out to use the bathroom, so of course you don’t want to just free feed them, then they’d have to go to the bathroom all the time. It is best to regulate everything so it keeps them on a straight schedule that they become accustomed to.
Obesity in Pets
Any type of domesticated animal can become obese if it isn’t fed properly. Many pet owners often tell their animal trainers that the reason they give in to their pets so often is because they feel guilty if they don’t give them treats. They simply say that they are trying to make their pet happy by giving them something they know they love. However, would you feed your child bad foods everyday? No, it wasn’t thought that you would. An animals health has to be taken into consideration when it comes to what you’re feeding them, and for older animals in particular, they have a hard time digesting human table scraps, so of course you should avoid giving this to them.
Animal trainers in Dubai often tell dog and cat owners that one of the most common maladies among pets is being overweight, and it can kill your pet. It is understood that you want a happy cat, dog, bird, etc; but you have to feed them right. Remember, this literature mentioned your older pet? You don’t want to feed them so much you could actually cause them harm, so feed the right foods, at right time periods, always make sure they have plenty of water, and don’t cave in to their sweet faces.