Nearly two-thirds of pet owners (64%) cook a separate meal for their dog at least three times a week, according to new research.
A survey of 2,000 dog owners looked at how their own eating preferences translate to those of their pets, finding that nearly half of vegetarian or vegan dog owners would feed their furry friends a similar diet.
Similarly, 68% of those who have other dietary restrictions are likely to put their dogs on a certain diet based on their own.
Almost three in four pet parents agree that one size does not fit all when it comes to dog food, and 67% know that different breeds of dogs may prefer different kinds of food.
It’s no surprise, then, that 61% said that their dog’s nutritional needs are unique compared to other dogs.
Most respondents said their pet’s food is similar to their own (62%); so much so that 45% of those who cook meals for their dogs do so together with the food they cook for themselves.
Still, two-thirds of survey takers admit they want to get a little more experimental with their pet’s diet by feeding them foods like blueberries (36%), carrots (36%) or bacon (34%).
Pet parents still recognize that we shouldn’t feed our pets exactly how we feed ourselves because their digestive system is different, some foods may make them sick and they have different nutritional needs.
"Dogs can enjoy a wide variety of foods that humans love too - such as vegetables and fruits, lean proteins like eggs, poultry, and fish, and even some treats like popcorn, peanut butter, and cheese are OK in small, reasonable amounts,” said Bridget Meadows, head of foods at Ollie. “For both meats and veggies, gentle cooking methods with minimal oil, butter, or seasonings make the foods easiest to digest - any processing or preparation that is high in fat, salt or sugars should be avoided.
Owners should always avoid these foods that can impact a dog's physiology, such as onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, chocolate, alcohol, and xylitol (a common sweetener). Additionally, avoid anything that could contain hard pieces that can damage their teeth or internal organs - sharp bones or bone fragments, fruit that contains pits or stones, and nuts can all cause problems if ingested."
When it comes to spicing up their pet’s food, pet owners like to mix different flavors (70%) or add fresh ingredients (62%), and 64% said they go out of their way to create balanced meals for their pups.
A third of respondents feel like they don’t feed their dog enough veggies, recalling that on average, they only give their dog one meal a day that includes vegetables.
Fifty-five percent struggle to find a balanced food option for their dog in stores, which may be why three in five are likely to adjust their dog’s diet based on their own research or after talking to their vet (64%).
Nearly half of those who have put their dogs on a vegetarian diet (47%) gave several reasons for doing so, including that their furry friends enjoy it more than any other diet and it also helps them be more active.
"Adding vegetables to a dog's diet can be a great source of vitamins and fiber and help provide low-calorie snacks that help food-motivated or overweight dogs stay full and satisfied in healthy ways,” Meadows said. “But don't start anything new without speaking to your vet first - dog's digestive systems can be sensitive.”
WHAT DO PET PARENTS WANT TO FEED THEIR DOGS MORE?
- Cheese - 41%
- Eggs - 39%
- Blueberries - 36%
- Carrots - 36%
- Bacon - 34%
- Chicken - 32%
- Apples - 29%
- Peanut butter - 28%
- Seafood - 21%
- Turkey - 16%
Stories and infographics by ‘Talker Research’ are available to download & ready to use. Stories and videos by ‘Talker News’ are managed by SWNS. To license content for editorial or commercial use and to see the full scope of SWNS content, please email email@example.com or submit an inquiry via our contact form.
Massive mastiff who’s lived in rescue center for most of his life finally finds a home
Basher has been described as "one of the most handsome, loving dogs there is" who "can get a bit excited...
How plastic bags can now be upcycled
The discovery will allow scientists to turn former waste products into high-demand products.
Origin of arms and legs traced to armored fish that lived 436 million years ago
It lived around 500 million years before the first fish began crawling out of the sea onto land.
Is it possible to love your body and still want to lose weight?
Almost four in five (78%) Americans say it is possible to love your body and still want to lose weight....
Ducks spotted swimming in flooded backyards in Florida
"Waters continue to rise. Streets are impassible all around me."
- Fashion & Beauty5 days ago
Influencer shares trick to curling hair without curling iron
- Home4 days ago
She lives in such a remote place it takes 10 hours to get groceries
- Outer Space6 days ago
Astronaut takes enchanting picture of ‘space angel’
- Tech4 days ago
‘World first’ hybrid seaglider vehicle completes test flights
- Food & Drink5 days ago
Where is the ‘hangriest’ place in the United States?
- Outer Space4 days ago
Otherworldly images captured at SpaceX launch
- History4 days ago
Research reveals humans used ‘high-tech’ glue 100,000 years ago
- History5 days ago
House where Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney once practiced together sold