Are peaches good for dogs? The best answer I could find to the question, is from one of my fellow dog owners, Dr. Darshan Patel, PhD. He tells me, "the answer is that the more organic the food, the less pesticides there are in the food, so the health of a dog is not harmed. However, it's still not a bad idea to avoid overfeeding your dog, because it can cause bloating, weight gain and skin problems (I hope I remember all the symptoms correctly)." He says, "One last thing I will add is that when he is well fed, the amount of energy needed for him to perform his functions is fulfilled. We always like to have at least 4-5 servings per day and make sure we give him fresh fruits that have good quality protein and healthy fats. The fats are especially important because they help the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E and K."
Dr. Patel's article is available on this website. In it he also gives information on nutrition.
The same information was recently presented in the USA by Dr. Michael D'Hollander. I received a copy of his article from another of my fellow dog owners, Kim Rizzano. (Thank you for your service to the Dog, Kim.)
Dr. D'Hollander's article, called "A Healthy Dog from Head to Tail: All Dog Food Has a Right to Be Perfect," is available on this website.
This article explains that your dog may be very overweight. And just like overweight humans, your dog could have heart and liver problems if his body is being forced to work much harder than it should be to get the fuel it needs. I'll quote a bit more of what Dr. D'Hollander has to say:
"A very heavy dog is much more at risk of developing all sorts of problems, such as high blood pressure, liver disease and gout, than a well-fed dog with a reasonable body weight. Most veterinary nutritionists agree that a dog should not exceed 20 per cent of his ideal body weight. An adult dog weighing 10 to 15 per cent of his ideal body weight is healthy. Any weight more than that is considered to be too high."
The article, "A Dog's Weight," is also available on this website.
So is it time for you to take control of your dog's weight? If you say "yes" then I want you to know that Dr. Patel has a dog book available on this website as well. It is called, "The Healthy Dog's Weight Loss Guide."
Dr. D'Hollander's book, "The Healthy Dog's Weight Loss Guide," is also available on this website.
Now, let's look at some of the other tips he gives us about making a weight-loss plan for our dogs.
This can't be said enough. If a dog exceeds his ideal body weight, not only is his quality of life compromised, he may be in danger of developing other health problems, including gout and joint problems.
We all know that our dogs are very food-motivated creatures, and Dr. Patel has shared this in his article, "Food is an End unto Itself for Your Dog." In it, he quotes some good research done at the University of Georgia that says, "Dogs who are heavy may lose their minds if they don't get regular meals of fresh food."
And he also shares some great tips in his article, "The Dog Book of Weight Control." In it, he says, "Dogs that are overweight run the risk of a variety of health problems, including heart disease, arthritis and bone deformities."
One thing is for sure: if you and your dog aren't getting enough nutrition, then you're only making it worse for both of you.
What Happens If You Do Excess Exercise?
For most of our dogs, when they're young and active, the answer is "Nothing."
If you are fortunate enough to find a breed that is already a good exerciser, you can just go along, and the extra exercise can be beneficial. This is the case for the Labrador Retriever, Cane Corso, and Pekingese.
The problem is that many breeds tend to not grow well on a very active lifestyle. They start to have problems when they're young, and that's when they should be weaning off the vigorous training they have to do.
There are of course, plenty of people who will insist that their dog will outlive them no matter what they do or don't do. They will argue that if their dog isn't physically active, he's going to be in good shape when he is their age.
Well, the truth is, they may have a point. There are plenty of anecdotal stories of dogs that are active until they are quite old, and then their hearts give out, and they don't make it. That doesn't mean that the dog isn't happy. After all, if he's happy, why should he die?
It's not going to help either of you if you continue to push your dog beyond what he's really meant to do. That doesn't mean you can't go out and hike or walk, but make sure that your dog's not carrying more weight than he's used to carrying, and that your heart is in the right place and you know that you have the skill and training to do the right things.
What Are The Benefits of Training?
When your dog is properly trained, he will know what he's supposed to be doing, and he'll also know how he's supposed to do it. You'll find that he will learn better, he'll be a lot happier and more motivated, and he'll have a better quality of life than if you don't take the time to train him.
Here are some of the benefits that your dog will enjoy if he's properly trained:
• Your dog will want to do the right thing. When he's done the right thing, it will happen more of the time than if you have to be an enforcer.
• You and your dog will have more control over your relationship. If you treat him with respect and follow through with what you say, he'll follow you around the yard more often than if he sees you as a threat.
• He'll be a lot more confident. Your dog will know what he's supposed to do, and he'll be a lot more confident when he is doing it.
• Your dog will enjoy your company. He'll enjoy training because it gives you a chance to get together, and it will also make him a lot more comfortable around people.
• He'll be happier. Because he'll enjoy training, he'll be a lot happier and easier to live with, and he'll be more motivated to do the right thing all the time.
• You'll get a better dog. He'll be a much better dog than if you just bought him from the store.
• He'll follow your rules. When you say "No," he won't think you're mean, he won't think you want to hurt him, and he'll follow your rules without question.
• He won't be a nuisance. Your dog will be really happy to see you when you come home, and he'll be much less of a nuisance than if he didn't like being around you.
• He'll live a long, happy life. You may even get to live in a home with two dogs.
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