Health & Hygiene

Feeding scraps to your dog could shorten it’s life

Written by Bronwyn Hall

We all love our dogs and sometimes we just can’t help but give in to those big, puppy-dog eyes!

However, by feeding our dogs scrap food we could literally be shortening their lives. New research has found that not many pet owners know the damage that these foods could be doing. For example, one sausage for a dog weighing around 20lb is the equivalent of a human eating 3 hamburgers!

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According to a survey by Ocado’s new pet store, Fetch, 1 in 4 owners admitted to sneaking their dog treats like chocolate and biscuits.

However, there are plenty of healthy alternatives that we can treat our furry friends with.

Dog nutritionist, Kristina Johansen, told the Daily Mail ‘Vegetables such as green beans, baby carrots, broccoli, zucchini or any other dog-safe crunchy vegetable are excellent treats – as are some fruits such as apples, pears, bananas, and melon. Avoid treats that are high in fat and calories such as cheese, sausages and peanut butter, and feed them smaller treat portions. Dogs care more about the number of treats they get than the size of each treat.’

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About the author

Bronwyn Hall

Somebody once called me a fairy dogmother but most people call me a crazy dog lady.