When it comes to providing the best food for smaller dogs, 100% natural, grain-free, with no additives or by-products are your best bet in serving your dog a healthy meal.
Given that smaller dogs have relatively faster metabolisms and are less prone to having high blood sugar, nutrient-dense, moist foods are perfect for your small dog. Did you know, human food isn’t always the best food for your dog?
Some human foods can be highly toxic and potentially lethal to your dog in some cases. Foods such as chocolate, onions, garlic, milk, various fatty foods, and even fruits contain elements that pose these kinds of dog-related risks.
Foods containing alcohol or yeast-containing dough can also be potentially harmful. Alcohol, rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream by ingestion of alcohol can cause severe drops in blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and body heat.
Should an animal fall Intoxicated, animals can experience various seizures and respiratory failure.
Desserts with different types of chocolate have various levels of fat and caffeine. Substances such as methylxanthines within the darker and richer types of the chocolate (i.e., baker’s chocolate), increase the risk of toxicity.
Depending on the type and amount of chocolate ingested, dogs might find themselves vomiting, urinating constantly, engaging in hyperactivity, seizures, and even experiencing heart arrhythmias.
Anything containing caffeine, such as coffee or energy drinks should NEVER be given to your pet due to the effects on the cardiovascular, digestive, and nervous systems. Common symptoms include restlessness and hyperactivity.
Muscle twitching, excessive panting, and an increased heart rate with blood pressure levels rising can all bring seizures and or other harmful things to occur.
Did you know that the table scraps that we tend to give our dogs after a large meal like meat fat and bones are dangerous for dogs?
The fat trimmed from meat, whether cooked or uncooked, can cause illnesses like pancreatitis. Especially when it comes to smaller dogs, it might not be wise to give them a bone, as the dog can choke on it.
Oftentimes bones splinter can cause obstructions and even lacerations within your dog’s digestive tracts. So best have a trash can available at the ready, with a tight lid or a trash strong bag that when sealed, your dog will have a hard time finding for those scraps.
So when it comes to finding the best food for your small dog, sticking to whole, natural ingredients are best especially if they contain probiotics.
Probiotics are bacteria that play a beneficial role in the digestive process. What they do is help break down foods and help the absorption of nutrients pass more easily and efficiently within the digestive tract, the gastrointestinal tract to be exact, where the majority of the immune system is located.
Additionally, you can supplement their diet with healthy, all-natural dog treats for rewarding and training purposes too. Platinum Pet Treats offers a variety of healthy, single-ingredient dog treats that dogs of all sizes and breeds can enjoy.
Our all-natural bully bites make for a great healthy training snack that fits in your pocket and fits in the mouths of smaller dogs. Join the PPT family and order with us today!