Remember that what's "just a little bite" for us equals much, much more to our furry friends.
If treats have gotten out of hand in your house and you're worried about your pet's weight, call us!
Our veterinary technicians are trained to take Morphometric Measurements of your dog or cat to accurately determine your pet's ideal body weight based on his or her skeletal structure.
The veterinarian will determine your pet's current body condition score (BCS) and calculate the recommended daily caloric intake to help adjust your cat or dog's diet to get on track to a healthy weight!
Yes, of course we discourage feeding your pet from the table. Extra calories can contribute to obesity (a nationwide study of American pets revealed that 1 in 3 dogs and cats are overweight in the U.S.). Some foods safe for humans are actually toxic to pets, and fatty-rich foods can cause serious problems, like pancreatitis.
That being said, Vetstreet.com surveyed 198 veterinarians, vet techs, and veterinary office managers, and revealed that many veterinary professionals "bend the rules" and feed our pets just a little people food now and again.
It turns out that more than 3 out of 5 of us let our own dogs and cats sample carrots, chicken, cheese, and peanut butter. Around half share beef, eggs, popcorn, and sweet potatoes with our pets.
All of the foods on this list are fine to feed in moderation, but should not be a daily occurrence to avoid excess calories and an unbalanced diet. Consider the food comparison chart below, made by our friends at Hill's Pet Nutrition: