PUPPY LOVE: Pet specialists give advice on pet health

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 02:04 PM.


For pet owners unsure of how much to feed their pets, the answers appear on the brand of dog food they purchase.

Each bag of dog food has a chart that tells the preferred amount of food for each animal depending on the dog's age and weight.

But knowing how much to feed animals isn't enough; you also need to know what not to feed them — generally, that includes table scraps.

"Animals don't metabolize people food the way (humans) do," Johnson said. "(Dogs) can get what is called pancreatitis, which is when the pancreas becomes inflamed."

Pancreatitis can lead to other health problems including diabetes, Johnson said. However, these problems can be avoided if the animal keeps a healthy weight.

"The less (fat) your pet has, the longer they will live," Johnson said.

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