When you sit down to enjoy some of your favourite snack foods it is quite hard not to be tempted to share them with your favourite four-legged friend, especially when they are looking at you with their big beautiful hungry eyes. But as the human digestive system works quite differently to those of our four legged companions offering our pets treats off our plate is providing extra calories in their diet that will add up to extra kilos.
As in people, pets carrying extra kilos of weight place extra demands on virtually all the organs of their bodies. Animals that weigh over 20% of their ideal body weight are considered obese. The health risks to overweight pets are serious and every pet owner should be aware of them. An overweight pet may be susceptible to health problems such as:
- Damage to joints and bones
- Heart disease and high blood pressure
- Liver problems
- Reduced life span
Treating your dog
Dogs that are fed human snack foods can become dependent on them. Dogs will often refuse to eat their regular complete and balanced dog food. Feeding human snack foods may also lead to bad behaviours like constantly begging for food at meal times, scavenging in the rubbish bin or even stealing food from your plate.
It is always recommended that when you are looking for suitable treat, look for treats that are made with real ingredients. RUFFS are guilt free treats for dogs, made from high quality ingredients. So you won't feel guilty about treating your dog. Explore the range on the RUFFS website.
Think before you treat diagrams
Download your poster and place it on your fridge to remember that little extras do add up for your dog!
Think before you treat small breed
Think before you treat medium breed
Think before you treat large breed
* Based on average activity level of desexed dogs up to 20kg.
** Based on Goverrnment daily Calorie intake of an adult human 2080 kcal and medium breed dog 1059 kcal.
About the Purina PetCare Advice Centre
The Purina PetCare Advice Centre brings together a team with in-depth knowledge, experience and special interests with the skills to advise about health and nutrition, behaviour, training, socialisation, as well as basic first aid for your cat or dog. Our team of dedicated pet lovers can also provide information about Purina products and services to help you give your pet the best possible care. If you've got a question about any aspect of pet care, then ask the Purina PetCare Advice team.