By Linda Cole
It’s not uncommon for dogs and cats to steal each other’s food whenever they see an opening. My dogs can clean out the cats’ dry food bowl in two seconds if given the opportunity. Snacking on each other’s food once in awhile isn’t likely to cause problems, but eating a steady diet of pet food that’s not made specifically for a dog or cat can be trouble. There are good reasons why dogs and cats shouldn’t eat each other’s food.
Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they have to eat meat regularly to get the proper nutrients needed to maintain good health. Felines are equipped with sharp teeth that aid them in grasping prey, killing it, and then tearing off and eating bite size pieces. Because they don’t have molars that have a grinding surface, like humans and dogs, cats tend to swallow their food whole. The jaw can only move up and down, and isn’t equipped to move side to side in a chewing motion. Without a way to properly crunch up a piece of dog food, which is usually larger than kitty kibble, felines are at risk of choking on a piece of dry dog food.
Dogs are omnivores, and have a digestive system that can handle grains and vegetables as well as meat, but they don’t require as much protein as cats. Proteins are the building blocks for cells, tissues, organs, antibodies, enzymes and hormones, and needed for body growth, reproduction and maintaining body functions. The feline body will break down protein in their muscles if they don’t get enough of it in their diet.
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By Langley Cornwell
What? Your dog is perfect? Well then, move along. There’s nothing for you to learn here. But if you’re like me, there are things we could do to make our dogs happier and our lives easier. It’s a simple concept, really. It all starts with determining what “type” of dog you have and then tailoring your activities to suit them.
Dogs generally fall into broad categories like couch potato, exercise nut, curious intellectual and loner. By accommodating their natural tendencies, you will bring out the best in your dog.
Our newest dog is a complete couch potato; his idea of a good time is snuggling on the sofa all day. Because of this, I don’t expect him to be the outstanding athlete that our (loner) other dog is. Even so, we know it’s important to make sure he gets some sort of daily exercise and mental stimulation, but we don’t push him to run laps around the ball field. When we’re settled in for the evening, if we make sure there’s plenty of space on the couch for him to be near one of us, he’s happy. With regular, low stress walks and loads of personal interaction, we’re bringing out the best in this dog.
Our other dog definitely falls into the category of being a loner. When we’re all snuggled on the couch, she’s either at the far end, with plenty of personal space, or she’s on a bed in another room. She’s a happy dog and we interact with her a good bit, but when it’s quiet time, she wants to be left alone. According to Modern Dog Magazine, loner-type dogs do well with activities that reinforce a solid and dependable relationship with you.
By Eliza Wynn
If your dog is a fast eater, you’ve probably had to clean up after him more than once. There are two reasons for the need to clean after your pet eats: the area can get messy during the feeding frenzy, and gulped-down food doesn’t always stay down. Either way, it’s no fun for you, and in the latter case, it’s no fun for your dog either.
Dogs that tend to eat too fast can’t catch a break. They have the hungries, and the food is right there waiting for them, so what’s the problem? Why should they slow down and risk letting a piece of kibble get away? It’s not fair!
It may not be fair, but it’s much better for your dog to slow down at mealtime. Fast eaters tend to have more digestive problems than those who take their time. Besides being a choking hazard, eating too fast increases the risk of dangerous bloating from swallowing too much air. Fortunately, there are a few things responsible pet owners can do to help slow down a fast eater.
Feed by hand
If you have time, try hand feeding your dog. It’s a terrific way to spend quality time with him, and since you control the pace, this is the most effective way to get him to eat more slowly. Offer one piece at a time; if you don’t hear any crunching, hold back a few seconds before offering another bite.