Is your pooch’s diet a dog’s dinner? Proper nourishment for your dog is vital for its well-being.
Like us, we need to make certain your dog has a nutritionally complete diet each day to ensure they get all the nutrition required to keep fit and healthy.
Diet is also very influential in influencing a dog’s weight, and together with the right exercise, nutrition can play a large role in ensuring your dog remains in tip-top health.
Excess weight is harmful to your dog’s welfare because it can stop him from being as physically fit as possible and expose him to certain health issues, which can be very debilitating.
So you have to be careful what you feed your dog. Here are some of the most common questions asked about what dogs can eat.
Can dogs eat cheese?
Whether dogs are allowed to eat cheese depends on the individual type of cheese and its lactose content.
Cheese has no intrinsic nutritional value that would be fundamentally essential for dogs, and some varieties are even poisonous to dogs, while others are reasonably well tolerated.
Bella & Duke, leading UK raw meat for pets suppliers, offers a good overview of this subject.
All blue cheeses such as Roquefort, Gorgonzola or English Stilton are full of Penicillium Roqueforti. There are mycotoxins in these cheeses that can be toxic.
One of them is Roquefortin C. Most people can tolerate this agent without any problems. But in dogs, Roquefortin C. is highly toxic.
Why dogs are so sensitive to this Roquefortine C is not yet scientifically understood.
Any blue cheese is strictly forbidden for dogs. If your four-legged friend has accidentally helped himself to your blue mould cheese, you should take him to the vet immediately to be on the safe side. Give him charcoal tablets to combat some of the toxins on the way there.
Should dogs eat chocolate?
Dogs are four times more likely to end up at the vet’s at Christmas time because of the abundance of chocolate around at that time, says a study. Only Easter can compete.
The fact most of the chocolate cases were not fatal is down to luck – because chocolate is pure poison for dogs. This poisonous quality is due to an ingredient completely harmless to us humans but toxic to dogs: theobromine.
Translated, theobromine means something like “God’s food”. It’s a famous active ingredient in chocolate, and we humans love it. Theobromine is an alkaloid with a stimulating, psychotropic effect. It’s the “kick” in the chocolate.
Dogs shouldn’t be fed chocolate. The fact that many dogs are fed chocolate and go on living doesn’t mean the dog hasn’t suffered. Dogs can have an upset stomach, and you could be unaware of it.
Keep chocolate away from dogs because they don’t always know it’s not good for them. They will gobble up a chocolate easter egg like nobody’s business.
Should dogs eat bananas?
As a dog owner, if you reach for a banana yourself, the dog’s eyes will often widen, sniffing it with fascination. But when you think about spoiling your dog with this bent sweetie, you should ask: Do dogs even tolerate bananas? How many bananas can I give a dog every day?
Healthy dogs can enjoy bananas in small quantities and benefit from their valuable ingredients. Bananas are rich in vitamins and fibre and are good for energy because they’re naturally high in calories.
Small breeds should only be given a few pieces, while larger breeds can tolerate half a banana. For overweight dogs, it is important to give bananas only rarely, e.g. on a day when the dog has had a lot of exercises and can tolerate a few extra calories.
Bananas have a similar effect on dogs as they do on humans, i.e. they have a constipating effect and can help with diarrhoea.
Conversely, dogs prone to constipation should not be given bananas as this can make the symptoms worse. Bananas are also very high in potassium, which can cause health problems in dogs when given in large amounts.
Always Ask A Vet
If you have any concerns about specific illnesses or problems, you should consult your vet and ask. They know your pet best and can give you individual advice.
These are just three commonly asked dietary questions about dogs, but they should get you thinking. We couldn’t possibly cover everything that may or may not be acceptable for a dog to eat.
You can consider whether there’s any need to give a dog anything but good dog food that’s measured out for their optimum weight.