Before I even came home the human had researched her butt off trying to ensure I got the best food and diet. Chosing the right food for your dog is imperative to a long healthy life, what we eat can effect our lives in so many ways, from how our breath smells to our coats condition. Dont forget it also impacts overall health of our body, how many times we may get ill or how fast we recover. Plus being a pug she had read that we are greedy buggers and put on weight easily (all lies)
From day 1 I have eaten the same food and treats as I eat today. I have never been ill in my (almost) 3 years, never been sick or had diarrhoea.
(This works for me, may not for everyone as each owner chooses what they think is best. Some dogs are on a raw diet, this is my own opinion)
Breakfast – A handful of kibbles or a weetabix and dribble of milk(mainly water)/ blueberry/apple
Dinner( Either 2 handfuls of dry food or a mix of vegetables/rice/chicken,sprinkled with kibbles)
My list of main foods consumed :
- Lilys Kitchen dry food (main staple)
- Egg (scrambled)
- Tuna (rarely)
- Tomato (small amounts)
Now this roughly is the main things I have but if the humans cook a dinner for themselves thats I can partake in, usually I will share in that. (vegetables etc not like burger and chips lol) I wish!
I love carrot but not too much, human notices that it just end up coming out same as it went in if I have too much. (orange poop!)
And as with all human foods I only get small moderated amounts as too much of anything is bad and can give your dog a upset belly. So I do get the occasional chip!
Some foods I dont get even a little bit of such as Onion, Kidney beans, Grapes, Raisins and of course chocolate. You can find more details and a list of toxic foods HERE
Its important to ensure correct portions, as metabolic rate in dogs is completely different depending on age and breed the calorific need can vary massively! Although there is no reason that you cant enjoy your naughty favourites like cheese in small pieces now and then. My human doesnt measure or weigh my food she judges by handfuls But if you are trying to shed some Grams you can use a measurement cup.
As I said before each dog/owner is different – This is just my input, I am at a healthy weight for my age and breed.
Somedays I dont get any treats. (😨 I know!) but its true. My main treats are Lilys Kitchen cheese and apple mini bones (my favourite) I perform tricks and get a max of 3 in a day.(human is strict) but I also will never do a trick without a reward! (stubborn pug)
Other treats always come when humans are cooking so bits of carrot or cucumber make their way to the floor.
I always stalk dad human he always shares what he has with me. So even though human mum may think ive had no treats, I usually have.
Sometimes they even make home made treats for me! Simple ingredients like oats and honey and parsley for fresh breath! We have a few books of receipes but its easy enough to google.