TopTips to Feed Your Dog

Don't let your pooch become overweight this year. Take a look at these tips to balance the perfect diet.

Enforcing healthy eating on your dogs isn't easy - it can be incredibly tough to say no when they're begging for food at your feet. But dog behaviour specialist Cesar Millan warns against overfeeding dogs. Overweight pets can suffer from the same health ailments as humans, so it's important to keep them healthy and fit.

Mr Millan says there's no hard and fast guidelines on how much to feed dogs, as caloric needs vary with their size and activity level. He recommends looking at the dog's current size and activity level before adjusting his or her diet - if your pet is currently trim and has high levels of energy, you're probably feeding it the right amount. Larger dogs who are sluggish may require less food and more exercise.

Morning and evening meals are recommended for adult dogs, as this makes it easier to monitor their intake and health. Unwell dogs tend to change their eating routines, so you'll pick up on a possible illness if you notice your pooch hasn't eaten his breakfast by the usual time.

While many dogs seem to want to eat everything and anything, there are many things that should be avoided in order to keep them healthy. The Australian RSPCA recommends avoiding chocolate, onions, avocado, grapes, nuts, fatty trimmings and currants, however there are many other food items to keep out of reach of your pup.

Dogs are generally lactose intolerant, so as much as Fido wants a lick of your ice cream, this could be a very bad idea for both him and you!

As for the eternal debate on dry food vs wet food, the choice is really yours. Canned foods often have better quality protein and fewer preservatives, however dry foods can help dogs chew and are often cheaper and easier to store.

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