Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Is Leftover Food Safe or Risky for Dogs? (Guest Post by Jordan Walker)

Jordan Walker has always been passionate for animals. He loves to share his knowledge and expertise about the animal kingdom through pet-related blogs. He leads the content team of Coops and Cages. In this article, he discusses whether leftover food is safe or risky for dogs.

You might have probably heard that giving leftover food to dogs isn’t really a good thing. Although sharing table scraps directly from your plate isn’t advisable, several human foods are considered safe to share with your furry pal. As a matter of fact, some households make their own dog food.

Moderation is the solution

Many people are worried with feeding table scraps to their pets as it only causes obesity. Though this is really concerning, especially when the food you give is high in sugar, calories, and fat content.

For smaller dogs, the risk is pretty high. Even a small amount of added calories can already cause them to gain weight. However, if you only share with them healthy foods in small amounts, then you are already preventing them from having an added weight.

Foods that have high fat content may also be a risk to dogs. These will only result in pancreatitis, a kind of disease in the pancreas that is distinguished through symptoms, such as internal bleeding and blood infection. If you don’t want them to suffer from this, make sure you do not feed them sausage, beef trimmings, poultry skin, bacon, and other fatty dishes.

If your pooch has diabetes, you must absolutely avoid feeding them with table scraps that have high carbohydrate-content like rice and pasta. Also, if your pet is suffering chronic kidney problems, a high salt intake may put them at risk for other chronic health issues.

How to feed leftover food

Many people would just dump leftover food from their plate in their dog’s bowl. This isn’t really a healthy way to share table scraps. Even though it has been a common practice for several years already, pet owners must keep in mind that putting in massive amounts of leftovers would lead to complications.

If your dog is accustomed to kibble diet, there are possibilities that he may have an upset stomach. Thus, you can always start with small amounts of food.

What to feed your dog

Generally, food that is considered healthy for humans is also safe for dogs, which means that fresh vegetables and fruits are also excellent dog treats. However, pet owners have to remember that too much of everything won’t do any good, such that large amounts of fruits that contain fiber will only result in gastrointestinal upset for dogs.

In addition, lean meat, such as fish, beef, turkey, and chicken, is also a great treat for your faithful friend because they are sources of protein. Hence, the next time you prepare breakfast for your dog, you can save several small pieces of leftover meat that don’t have sauce.

For special treats, foods like marshmallows, frozen yogurts, and ice cream, are preferred by dogs. And, what’s best about these is that they are safe to be shared with them. Still, owners must ensure not to make these foods a part of their pet’s daily diet. These must only be given as rewards or to celebrate special occasions.

At the end of the day, the overall health of a dog depends on their owner. Therefore, every pet owner has to know his responsibilities, particularly when feeding leftover food. By knowing these things, they will not just extend the lives of their pets; they’ll also be keeping them happy and healthy.

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Author: Jordan Walker

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for 'attempting' to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can reach him via Google+ or Twitter.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Man's Best Friend: Loyal Companion and Courageous Protector

I've always admired how a pack of dogs can communicate with each other. A few years back, I mentioned that we had a barker, a whiner, and a protector. The barker was to informer the the pack that an "intruder" was coming. The reporter will whine to alarm the household peepz that the "intruder" is close by. And the protector will growl at the "intruder" to warn them that this is their territory. That kind of mentality just shows how a group of dogs can work together to protect us.

Today's amazing dog infographic is brought to us by ADT Home Security.

Residents all across the country have their own version of what home protection means to them. Perhaps one of the most agreed upon is what “man’s best friend” can do not only for the security of one’s home, but for the overall joy of living.

Dogs are without a doubt one of the most popular pets in American homes, with 83.3 million canines believed to be owned within the US. This is second only to cats, where about 95.6 million are estimated to be owned. Even if dogs aren’t on top, 47% of households are believed to own at least one dog.

Other than providing a never-ending source of companionship and joy for families, dog are capable of more than one might think. If you ever wonder why dogs sniff so much, it’s because they have 22x the amount of scent cells (220 million scent-sensitive cells) as humans, allowing them to pick up on more than any human ever could.

On top of that, dogs are also able to understand up to 250 words and gestures, which is why they are relatively easy to train. They can even count up to five!

It is well understand that certain dog breeds are meant for protection more than others. The top three protective breeds are bullmastiffs, boxers, and German shepherds, respectively.

Burglars who have confessed their crimes often say that while a home security system is the main deterrent from them to enter a home, a loud dog is also known to dissuade burglars as well.

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Pupdate! What's the pack up to?

The pack is fine.

Rin, as old as she is, is prancing like some happy horse.
She's old, but she's as lively as a puppy.
Uling (errr... Coal), the black one, seem to have grown a happy backbone, too.

Not dead. Just posing for some vet students. Please label my floppy ears, my cute black nose, and my squishy paws.
Cheezy, the evil one, has snapped at my Sensei twice. She ended up with bruises on her leg.

Chooey, my soul dog, pooped on the road! I had to run back to the house to get a plastic bag.

This dog knows... This dog knows she's too cute to resist when she does this.
Baby Girl, the small one, is already aware that she looks cute when she leans on the windowsill.

Puppy Brown, the handsome son, looks like he's going to the gym. He has this great body, despite his father's (Buchi's) genes.

The tireless fighters finally get tired of fighting.
Asti, the royal princess, has grown some wits, too. She barks at Puppy Brown until he leaves his bed, so she can steal her toys back.

Domex and Puppy, the third floor residents, receive sufficient hugs and cuddles from yours truly.
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