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Foods Dogs Love
Dogs are generally not fussy eaters and are known to quite literally eat anything! What makes something taste good to a dog?  Well, it turns out that it is not necessarily the taste but rather the smell that draws them.  However, after a few bites, the texture or the taste will then play a part, too.

Some tips:

  • In general, most dogs are accepting of new flavours, but some will have preferences
  • If a puppy was offered a variety of foods early on in life, they can be more accepting to different foods
  • The freshness of the foods play a role in whether your dog will accept it or not.  As foods age, the fats start to oxidise causing the food to become rancid.  This will in turn affect the aromas making them not so appealing
  • Environmental temperature may affect the appetite of your dog.  When your dog is hot, they pant to cool themselves down.  They cannot sniff or smell at the same time as panting and therefore may not want to eat
  • Cold temperatures may reduce the aroma of the food
  • Dogs, like most mammals, have a sweet tooth
  • They tend not to like salty foods.

Basic guide to feeding your dog:

  • Always check that the food you are giving your dog complies with the Standard for that country
  • To provide some variety for taste and nutrition, you can offer natural foods like meat and vegetables.  These include human grade raw meat and raw meaty bones
  • Never give your dog cooked bones
  • It is important to check with your vet before giving raw meaty bones in order to surmise whether your particular dog can tolerate raw bones
  • Sulphites can be detrimental to your dog’s health.  Avoid sausages and manufactured meat that might contain sulphites
  • Dog may be offered fish occasionally such as tinned sardines, salmon
  • Cooked vegetables can be offered to your dog
  • Dogs will sometimes eat grass as it provides micronutrients
  • Check with your vet on the amount of food you should be feeding your dog.  It is important not to over feed or under feed your dog
  • Adult dogs should be fed twice a day.  Again, check with your vet on the amounts that should be given at each meal

The following should not be avoided, but is not an exhausted list:

  • Onions and garlic
  • Cooked bones
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine products
  • Any fruit seeds
  • Corncobs
  • Green unripe tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Fish on a daily basis.  This should be an occasional food

Topic: Pet Food, Dogs

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