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Dogs are eating 54,000 extra calories a year because of your dinner titbits

Dogs are consuming an additional 54000 calories a year from dinner table titbits
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Who can resist those begging eyes pleading with you as you eat your meal? Many pet owners feed their dogs titbits and leftovers from their dinners, but it’s proving to be quite bad for them.

By Dawn Parrish, 20 Jun 2019

A recent survey by Royal Canin, who are obviously rather concerned about the overeating habits of the nation’s dogs, researched the feeding habits of 2,000 dog owners. The analysed results show that an average dog is overeating by an enormous 54,000 extra calories a year.

A dog is eating these equivalent quantities of food

54,000 extra calories eaten by a medium-sized dog, equates to a human eating 360 ice creams, 1,310 chocolate chip cookies or 340 cheeseburgers, bearing in mind that these extra titbits are in additional to regular feed.

If it’s a small dog that is eating these extra 54,000 calories, they are even worse off! Their overeating is the equivalent in human terms to 717 pizza slices, 1,065 sugary doughnuts or 1,362 hash browns!

Titbits from the dinner table considered to be a nutritious treat

Some of the most common foodstuffs that pet owners give to their dogs, to make them feel loved and part of the family are:

# Chicken – 77%

# Beef – 68%

# Sausages – 67%

# Ham – 63%

# Vegetables – 57%

Resist feeding titbits or risk weight management issues

Sharing your dinner or snacks with your pooch, although it might seem like a good idea at the time, may lead to problems with your dog’s weight and obesity problems. Your dog’s appetite is likely to increase as you feed him more, and without increasing his exercise routines, its probable that your dog will gain unhealthy weight.

Avoid feeding your dog too many unhealthy snacks
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The survey results shared that many Golden Retrievers are given a whole Sunday Roast dinner to themselves, and Cocker Spaniels are the breed that are often given food directly from their owner’s plate.

Portion size at meal times is really important

A spokesperson for Royal Canin, their Scientific Communications Manager, Hannah Poile, stated that "The research has brought to light some shocking results and shows that we could be loving our dogs a little bit too much. By highlighting the differences between a human’s nutritional needs and their pet’s, we hope to enable owners to better understand the needs of their animal.”

Feeding your dog titbits and snacks at your meal times, can not only result in overfeeding and obesity problems, but it can also cause behaviour issues in your dog. You really don’t want to be nagged by your dog with those pleading eyes when you sit down to eat, or your every step followed in the kitchen when you’re preparing food.