Healthy Holiday Eating for Dogs





The holiday season fills our hearts with good will, good cheer and good food.

The abundance of good will and the good food creates a very tempting situation for our pets, especially our dogs.

We dog owners tend to be just a wee bit too good hearted, when our pets start begging for Thanksgiving and Christmas treats.

A cookie or two, a bit of turkey or ham and a taste of dressing is fine, but do not get carried away with the thought, that it’s the holidays and a little extra is okay.

Too much rich food can create tummy problems and your holiday may be ruined by cleaning up vomit or by taking a trip to the vet.

Control your good heartedness and instead of food take your dog for a nice walk, you just might benefit from it, too.

I have often thought a good pair of dog sunglasses would be a wonderful thing to have, that way you would not see those beautiful eyes begging for another morsel.

Did you know that one out of every four dogs in the United States is overweight and/or obese.

Dogs, like some of their owners, do not get enough exercise, eat too much and suffer from stress.

I know it is hard to believe that your dog can suffer from stress, but honestly they can and do.

Our pets can pick up our stressful vibrations, plus if they are on any medication or have health problems that too adds to the stress.

Excess weight can affect different breeds in subtle ways.

The list of problems that extra weight can cause is long.

Diabetes, can result from excessive weight, skin problems can erupt and respiratory problems can occur.

Extra weight on bones can cause arthritis, muscle and joint problems, the intestinal tract can suffer along with the pancreas and then, believe it or not, the extra weight can cause an intolerance to heat, thus bringing on heat stroke.

These are just a few of the things that can happen.

One way you can tell if your dog is about right in the weight area, is by feeling its body. If you can feel your pet’s ribs with a little amount of meat on them, your pet is in good shape or if you can see a waistline behind the ribs when looking down on your pet, that’s okay, too.

If you are thinking of making a New Year’s resolution to lose a few pounds double that resolution to include your dog.

Losing weight for we humans requires commitment and determination, helping your dog lose weight requires the same battle.

Smaller portions, treats of vegetables instead of cookies, longer walks and some active playtime will help you dog lose weight and it might even help you.

On one of my favorite websites, they are doing a weekly blog on an owner (Janice) and her dog (Eddie) and their progress to lose weight together, log on to www.dogchannel.com/fattofit if you are interested in seeing how they are progressing.

For now, the beginning of the holiday season, don’t fall for those begging brown eyes wanting extra treats, say no, unless it’s a raw veggie or a piece of fruit.

An additional word of warning do not feed your dog cooked poultry bones, alcohol, avocados, chocolate, macadamia nuts, onions, grapes or raisins as these can be fatal to some dogs, also no extra fat from the meat either.

Enjoy the holidays and remember a slender dog is a healthy dog.