Growing up, my grandfather had a basset hound named Chloe. Chloe loved naps. She loved food. She was overweight.
My grandfather loved that dog—and his way of showing his love was to feed her. In fact, he regularly took her to McDonalds for six-piece Chicken McNuggets and always made her a hamburger when he was making them for the family.
Most of us have been guilty of similar misguided attempts at showing affection. For our pets, however, the consequences can be serious.
February 20 is Love Your Pet Day. (Yes, I know every day should be Love Your Pet Day.) Here are five ways many pet owners are hurting their pets with the wrong kinds of love.
My grandfather certainly wasn’t alone in showing a pet love by overfeeding.
“It’s a great way for us, we think, to express our love. And we do express love with food, not only in America, but in lots of cultures all over the world,” said Steve Dale, certified animal behavior consultant, writer, and syndicated radio host of Steve Dale’s Pet World.
Dale recommends being cognizant of your pet’s size—a small amount of food for us is much more for them—and generally avoiding giving your pet human food altogether. Rather than...