It is generally a good idea to avoid “people” food for your dog as it can cause a variety of health issues. A report by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention says half of all dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Overall, overweight dogs and cats make up one-fifth of pets in the U.S. According to the report, being overweight is defined as 30 percent or more over their recommended body weight. It also cites numerous health problems the excess weight causes for overweight dogs and fat cats, such as:
- Hgh blood pressure.
- Kidney disease.
So not only do they look like us, they eat like us too. Fortunately, it isn’t difficult for proper dog training and to control what your dog is eating. If you aren’t sure what type or amount of dog food is best for your dog, speak to your vet. They can help with question about raw vs kibble or can, grain vs grain-free, etc. Pay attention to the types of chews and treats you give as well. And of course, give your dog a daily dose of physical activity.