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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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

5/13/2012 7:13:15 AM

good article, thanks

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John L   Wilmington, DE

10/23/2011 10:47:02 AM

This is the best narrative on the subject of nutrition I've read. I gleaned lots of valuable information, clarifying a number of myths (true or false).

However, I would like a kind of "analysis" of a proper diet that I can use as a guide for feeling my 9.5 year-old Basset, Dudley.

Incredibly, Dudley is NOT a glutton and is too often finicky, no matter what I give him. That has included Blue Buffalo and other quality products. Now, because of a bout with ataxia, I've been "cooking for him". (Yes, I'm a work in progress!) Current diet goes like this: At least 4 oz of chicken breast or ground beef, 2-3 TBS cooked brown rice (with a bit of butter), 1/4 cup mixed veggies microwaved in turkey broth, and a slice of 'Milton's' whole wheat bread (5g protein/slice). OH, I add an egg to his breakfast meal.

Previously I was marinading and grilling the chicken but have gone to the microwave to avoid over-cooking the meat. After reading your piece on Basset Nutrition, I'll choose ground beef with a bit higher fat content - instead of the 93% lean variety.



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