Category Archives: Dog Food

Small Dogs and Food

Small dogs can be some of the fussiest eaters on the planet and it can be so frustrating at times when whatever you put down for them they just look up at you as if to say “…and this is?”

It doesn’t matter if yesterday it was the tastiest gourmet meal they ever experienced, today it’s pigswill “and you expect me to eat that?” Then they go off to see what unspeakably gross morsel they can find in the garden…

Of course, they’ll eat whatever you’re eating in preference to their own food.

It amazes me that they’ll bite you hand off to get a piece of carrot peel or fight each other to the death for a fallen piece of onion on the kitchen floor rather than eat their own food.

Today was just one of those fun days. Ronnie had eaten all his food this morning but Daisy is infinitely fussier. Well she looked down at her bowl, then up at me as if I was serving her up a pile of rocks! Needless to say, she gave me the finger and sauntered off to sunbathe on the balcony.

I don’t give in to that behaviour either, so the bowl with it’s food went into the refrigerator. This evening she decided she was hungry so I got her untouched breakfast out and put it down for her. Of course, as they both share what comes out of the tin and I wasn’t opening another one just for Ronnie, he got a bowl of dry food with a little of my leftover tomato soup on top.

Well that did it.

Daisy deliberately knocked her bowl over and scattered its contents over the floor then tried to push Ronnie away from his bowl so she could eat his. As he’s a wimp and will simply let her do what she wants for a quiet life I had to intervene.

I picked her up and took her into the other room and closed the door on her, where she simply stamped her foot and barked her little head off!

Ronnie gobbled his food up while the coast was clear then went out to the balcony to keep away from his angry step-sister!

I ended up scraping up all the food off the kitchen floor and put it back in Daisy’s bowl. I let her out of the room where she just trotted merrily into the kitchen, flicked her hair at me as if to say “bite me” and proceeded to eat her meal!

Don’t you lust love ’em

Terry Didcott
For Dogs

Dogs and Chocolate

Whenever I have some chocolate (which can be more often than is good for me) the dogs crowd around like all their birthdays and christmases have come at once!

That doesn’t mean to say they’re going to get any!

That’s because I’m well aware that one thing that you should never give to a dog is chocolate. You might think that just a tiny piece is ok and they seem to go crazy for it, but even a tiny piece could send your beloved friend into doggy heaven quicker than some poisons. It is NOT for dogs!

Why?

Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine and even small amounts can cause vomiting, restlessness, and seizures in dogs. Larger amounts can be fatal.

This is becausea dog’s digestive system cannot metabolise the theobromine in the chocolate. Different doses will affect different sized dogs. Also, different types of chocolate contain varying levels of theobromine. The dark chocolate used for cooking and baking contains roughly six times as much theobromine as ordinary milk chocolate.

So if your dog manages to steal some chocolate when you’re not looking, you need to get him to a vet as soon as possible as by thinking he’ll be fine may be just the kind of thinking that’ll end up getting him killed.

For reference purposes, here’s a rough guide as to the amount of chocolate that would be fatal in different sized dogs:

Between 4 and 10 oz. of milk chocolate, or only ½ to 1 oz. of baking chocolate for small dogs such as Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers or Toy Poodles.

Between 1 and 1-1/2 lbs. of milk chocolate or 2 to 3 oz. of baking chocolate for medium-size dogs like Cocker Spaniels, Staffordshire Terriers and Basset Hounds.

Between 2 to 4-1/2 lbs. of milk chocolate or 4 to 8 oz. of baking chocolate for large dogs such as Collies, Retrievers and Labradors.

This is only a guide and the best rule of thumb is to never give your dog chocolate from the word go and be vigilant about leaving any chocolate around the house where he might be able to get at it.

Although specially adapted “doggy chocolate” is safe for dogs to eat, because all the theobromine has been removed, it is still best not to give them any as it creates a taste for chocolate and they will be more likely to try to steal some if it’s within their reach when you’re not looking.

So if you want to treat your dog, give him a propiety doggy chew or dog biscuit instead. You’ll be doing him a great favour and avoiding any unnecessary risk to his health or even his life.

Terry Didcott
For Dogs

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