Nutrition for the Best Basset Hound
Balanced nutrition and portion control can help your food-loving Basset battle the bulge.
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Bad treats include heat-sterilized bones or cow hooves (these are too hard and can break a tooth), and for many dogs, rawhide. Dogs that tear off and swallow large sections of rawhide should not have these treats because the chunks can cause choking or intestinal blockage. Pressed rawhide can be safer than traditional rawhide, but supervise all dogs when they chew these treats. Artificial edible bones are preferable, but remember to include them in your dogs total calorie count.
Do not feed your Basset chocolate, onions, grapes or raisins. Chocolate, especially bakers chocolate, can be toxic to dogs because they can't metabolize the theobromine in it properly. Even one-quarter cup of onions can cause hemolytic anemia, a very serious, although usually temporary, loss of red blood cells. Grapes and raisins have been implicated in the development of kidney failure, although your Basset would need to eat a lot of them for this to occur.
There is one treat I recommend above all others. Its free, non-fattening and better for your Basset that anything elselove, pats and praise.
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