Often times people feel free to feed their pet dogs right off the table. What’s better than a slab of meatloaf, a mound of mashed potatoes, mixed with a splattering of baked beans? Everything, because a dog’s diet is quite different than that of his owners, and by feeding a dog leftovers is just as harmful or distaining as feeding his owner dog food.
A dog’s diet begins with purchasing a quality dry dog food mix, which can be supplemented with saltless broth, vegetables or leftover lean meat. A dog owner should use the same reasoning when feeding a dog, as he would when feeding his family. If one of your family members had an allergy, you would naturally avoid those types of foods that aggravated the allergy.
The same same goes for dogs with allergies. If your dogs skin looks dry and a dull coat this would mean that omega acids should be added or supplemented in your dogs diet. When rounding out a dog’s diet, an owner should use practical thinking to make sure that just like any living being,; Your dog needs, water (more than humans), proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates and minerals to ensure they receive the necessary nutrients to sustain daily activities, this also allows for natural growth and immune system development.
An owner purchasing a dry dog food should carefuly peruse the contents of the dog food to make sure that the contents are well balanced. Too much of one mineral or too little could create an imbalance with other contents like vitamins or proteins. It could also create an embalance problem; whereby, one supplement overcedes the ability of another to create a balanced mix.
You should be aware of the breed of dog, in the result of a cross breed, try and determine the more dominant breed gene, this will help ensure the correct nutrition is provided for that breed of dog. For example there are some breeds that require little or no meat; rather, they prefer chicken, veal or venison. Other dog breeds thrive on a strictly vegetarian diet. An important point when selecting dry dog food is to look at the by product information regarding ingredients, you would be surprised to note that they can include feathers, beaks, feet and even in the past wool.
There are some acceptable by-products that can enhance a dog’s diet if added at the proper concentration and with the appropriate processing methods. As an example, with proper processing, beaks and feathers can add protein to a dog’s diet. Some dog owners shy away from any dry dog food that contains chemical additives. This is all well and good, but keep in mind that these chemical free products have a tendency to spoil faster than those that have some sort of chemical perservative, so check the date of expiration carefully. This rule of thumb applies to dog foods that contain meats from animals raised free of antibiotic, hormones or pesticides. If an owner favors canned dog food over dry dog food, he must be aware that canned food is generally at least 75% water, and can contain things like iron oxide and sodium nitrate to add color.
Canned goods, foods, contain chemicals like sugar, and propylene. All of these added ingredients do not help in making an acceptable diet for a dog. Chemicals and enhancing agents can have an adverse reaction in your animal, making your desire to raise a healthy and happy dog a liitle more difficult. To find the best dog food for a dog, it is advisable to speak with a veterinarian or an expert in the field.
The correct dog food should be chosen based on size, weight, age and how active they are, nutritional facts should be easily available. Keep in mind, by taking the time to find out what your particular breed needs to thrive, can increase his lifespan by 130% or more, adding over eight plus years to his life
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When you bring your puppy home he will already be weaned on to solid food, if you decide to change your puppy’s diet then this should be done gradually over a few days. Immediately changing your dogs diet could upset your puppy’s digestion or deter him from eating
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