Dieting With Your Dog

 

This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Kari Oakley


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Diet & Exercising With Your Dog

Dogs are truly man’s best friends and have proved it continuously over time. Now more than
ever there has been a growth in pet ownership and adoptions from the shelters. Dogs have a
way over humans that a lot of other animals just do not have. Anyone can have an attachment
with any animal and online videos prove that but a dog can learn and do things that no other
animal can do. Dogs can be trained to be anything, for example, a cop! Dogs are hired onto the
police force and trained from a puppy through their adult years for their intended duties. These
officers work daily with these animals to put them in positions that humans do so well. This
helps the overall well-being of the animal by keeping their energy level and stamina high.

So, what do you need to do in order to maintain the health and well being of your four legged
friend? What kind of diet is fed to these K-9’s in order to ensure that they keep up their active
personalities well through their old years? First, it takes a willing owner. If you decide to adopt a dog and expect it to walk itself then your way wrong. If you think you can get away with feeding the cheap foods then you are still wrong.

There are so many ways that one could keep the health of both their dog and themselves and
the internet is full of amazing ideas. The hard part is finding something that will work for you.

Anyone that loves dogs thought, will always admit that exercising and dieting (yes… dieting with your dog can be fun. When you make yourself special meals, do the same for your pup. They can eat a lot of the foods that humans can as long as they are not seasoned. Vegetables and
some fruits are great snacks for both of you. Dogs can have a lot more vegetables than fruits
and some of them include: potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, carrots, salt (very
limited), peanut butter (plain, unsalted), eggs, salmon, cheese (limited), blueberries, popcorn,
pineapple (small amounts), watermelon, bread, blackberries, corn, oatmeal, apples, broccoli,
chicken (without bones), coconut, pork meat (without bones), mango, Turkey (without bones),
plain cooked brown and white rice, beef (bones are ok if they are not sharp), bananas,
strawberries (limited), oranges (limited), unsalted and plain peanuts (limited), plain mushroom, celery, and shrimp.

Do not feed these foods to dogs. You will risk them getting sick or even dying:

  • grapes & raisins: these are very toxic to any dog. They can cause a number of issues from
    allergies, seizures, and even death.
  • macadamia nuts: these have an unknown toxin that causes vomiting, muscle weakness,
    tremors, and even depression.
  • avocados: these have a toxin called person and it causes horrible symptoms like fluid in the lungs and chest.
  • caffeine: anything that has caffeine, like chocolate, can not be fed to dogs. Caffeine is
    extremely poisonous to them.
  • garlic: damages the red blood cells that carry oxygen through the body
  • onions: causes anemia
  • sweeteners: anything with artificial sweeteners cause a drop in blood sugar

There are of course differences in allergies amongst each dog and breed just as different
humans have certain tolerances that their bodies can handle. It is not like you can go to Google
or visit brands like Princeton Nutrient on Facebook for all of your medical and health needs. What you can do is take the small steps to a better and much more healthy lifestyle for you and
your dogs.

Kari Oakley gained a love for fitness and animals as a young girl in Wisconsin. She spent each summer on some type of adventure, either a day at the lake with her family or just hiking with her friends. She took her love for fitness with her through college to get her degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Science). She has been working as a personal trainer/life coach in the Chicago area for the past 3 years. She has recently decided to share her passions with lower income schools in Chicago to help children develop a knowledge and love for fitness. When Kari started working with the kids in Chicago, she decided she wanted to share her knowledge and passion with as many people as possible. She has been freelance writing alongside ever since.