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Fido’s Begging Habit

Does your dog come running whenever he hears the fridge open? Can the sound of a cheese wrapper being opened wake your canine buddy up from a deep sleep? Man’s Best Friend is very enthusiastic about food . . . and he definitely isn’t shy about asking us to share ours. Read on as a Cameron Park, CA vet discusses Fido’s begging tactics.

Petiquette

Begging may be cute, but it’s really bad doggy manners. It’s fine to give your pet a special treat now and then, but don’t overindulge your furry buddy. You don’t want your pooch becoming spoiled! For one thing, it can make guests uncomfortable. Dogs that are frequently rewarded for begging also often get bolder and bolder, sometimes to the point of snatching food off the table. This is really bad petiquette! It can also be dangerous, as many foods are toxic to Fido.

Obesity

Did you know that well over half of our canine pals are obese? Begging no doubt plays a role in the chubby dog epidemic. We know, it’s hard to resist those sad puppy dog eyes. However, if Fido is getting pudgy, you really aren’t doing him any favors by overindulging him. Obese dogs face some very serious health risks, such as heart disease and diabetes. If you absolutely can’t resist your furry little actor’s theatrics, pull the old bait-and-switch on your pet, and give him a carrot stick instead of that piece of chicken he’s hoping for.

Breaking The Habit

One way to curb your dog’s begging habit is to just put him in his crate or another room while you eat. Offer him a puzzle toy to occupy himself with. It may also help to feed Fido just before you serve dinner, so he’ll be full.

Treats

When you want to give your pup a treat, offer him only safe, suitable foods. Plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry, without the bones or fat, is always a good option. Fido can also have some shredded deli meat, or a little cheese. Fatty treats, like bacon and sausage, are fine on occasion, but shouldn’t be offered regularly. This is also the case with organ meat, like liver or kidney. Ask your vet for more information, including advice on unsafe foods.

Contact us, your Cameron Park, CA veterinary clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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