Are you putting your dog at risk for becoming malnourished or overweight? Probably, say the results of a new study. Researchers found that dog owners are often inaccurate when measuring out kibble using a scoop, putting the dogs at risk of under-nourishment or weight gain.
Overview of Findings
A cup might seem like the most obvious way to measure out dry dog food, but new University of Guelph research finds that when it comes to getting portions right, dog owners often get it wrong.
The study, designed to test dog owners’ measuring skills, found owners were often inaccurate, ranging from a 48 percent underestimation to a 152 percent overestimation, depending on the device they used and the amount they tried to portion out.
The occasional measurement mistake may not seem like much, but errors made day after day could lead to under-nourishment, weight gain or obesity, warn…
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