A recent survey by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has revealed the top 10 calorie laden food. So many people still feed their pet human food leading to a real problem with animal obesity.
So what are the top 10 offenders?
1). Sausages – One chipolata fed to your cat or dog is the equivalent to you eating a 12oz steak
2). Cheese – A 3cm cube equates to a human eating a cupful of melted cheese.
3). Tuna – An innocent snack but the equivalent of a jack Russell dog’s full calorie allowance for a day.
4). Prawns - A handful is the equivalent of a human eating a large fish and chip takeaway meal.
5). A dish of full-fat milk – In human terms 2 jumbo milkshakes topped with ice-cream! Ideally cats should avoid lactose in their diet, and dogs should steer clear as they do not need dairy in their diet.
6) and 7). Grapes and raisins - Both toxic to pets. These can lead to death.
8). Chocolate – Another human foodstuff toxic to your pet.
9). Onion – Perhaps not one you would think you feed your pet, but what about that left over Curry, Italian or Chinese takeaway?
10). Toast – A slice of toast is about a third of your dog’s daily calorie intake.
Calorie intake depends on your pet’s breed, age and size, but as a rough guide, a small dog needs 350 calories/day and a cat about 280 calories.
Our nurses at Broad Lane Vets hold weight clinics. These are free of charge so just call reception for an appointment. If you want to weigh your pet call into any of our receptions and use the scales. Staff are always happy to assist you in weighing your pet.
Please try not to fall for those appealing eyes (we do it too!!) when eating your dinner as research shows dogs and cats do not get bored with food. As long as there is food they will be happy!