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5 Nutrition Tips for a Healthy Dog

Nutrition Tips for Healthy Dog

Nutrition Tips for Healthy Dog

Proper nutrition is required for the happier, healthier and overall well-being of your canine companion. Just like humans, food is the building blocks of your dog’s body. A balanced diet is crucial to maintaining the health and growth of the dog. Good eating habits improve their well-being and keep their tails wagging for years. It’s your responsibility as a pet parent to keep your dog healthy and fit. It is a good idea to educate yourself about the basics of dog nutrition. A well-balanced diet for dog contains minerals, protein, vitamins and easily digestible. In this article, we’ve rounded up a few nutrition tips to keep your dog active and healthy as long as possible.

  1. Examine the Labels

Examine the Labels (Dog Food)

Examine the Labels (Dog Food)

Dog food advertisements are overhyped and they look fancy. It is not recommended to rely on the advertisements when you are purchasing the dog food. The advertising agencies just want to create an ad to attract the attention of dog owners. They may not be knowledgeable about the formulation of the pet foods. Their sole focus is on making the dog look super healthy in their advertisements. As a responsible dog owner, you need to examine the labels on the dog treats. You’ll see the list of ingredients on the labels from which you can analyze whether the food is good for your pet. Just doing a simple Google search will inform you of the good and bad about the ingredients. You’ll be surprised by the results for sure. Rely on your research and analysis rather than believing the fancy advertisements. It is a good idea to consult dog nutrition experts to figure out the best suitable foods and treats for your dog.

2. Staying Hydrated

Staying Hydrated (Dog)

Staying Hydrated (Dog)

The most common reason for the sickness and dullness in the dogs is lack of hydration. Water is the essence of life. Just like human beings, the major part of an adult dog’s body weight is water. Make sure that your dog has a clean and fresh water regularly throughout the day. Ensure that water is available to your dog at all the times especially during the feed. Lack of hydration leads to sickness and long-term health issues.

3. Treat Moderately

Treat Moderately

Treat Moderately 

Treats act as wonderful motivators. Moderation on treats is important as they are the perfect means for behavioral training. Of course, you can also treat them on the hard-working days to prevent the fatigue and hunger. Keep in mind that the treats add significant calories to your dog’s diet. Overtreating the dog causes obesity-related health issues. The extra weight impacts the health and life expectancy of your canine companion. Obese dongs tend to have a low quality of life and a shorter lifespan. Obesity in dogs also leads to osteoarthritis which makes the dog suffer from the joint pains. Annual veterinary checkups help to keep track of weight changes in your dog.

 

4. Avoid Shelf Foods

Avoid Shelf Foods

Avoid Shelf Foods

We are conditioned and believe that shelf foods are healthy enough for the dogs, thanks to the smart advertising campaigns. You’ll be surprised if you explore the reasons why these processed foods have a shelf life of more than a year or two. Actually, shelf-stable foods are not healthy and they’ll not meet the balanced nutritional standards. The industrial cooking process adds chemicals to them which increases the shelf life. The problem is shelf-stable foods do not have any live enzymes. They are just dead foods and they are not suitable for the daily diet. You can use shelf-stable foods canned foods, kibble and biscuits during long trips and shelters. They’re not as good as the staple diet.

5. Monitor the Fats

Monitor the Fats

Monitor the Fats

There is a common misconception that fats are the superfoods for dogs. But it is not good to feed your dog with too much fat. As they are carnivores, protein intake is crucial. There must be a proper balance between the fat and protein in their diet. Consumption of healthy cholesterol is important for the overall health of the dogs. The commercial food is heavily loaded with fats which does more bad than good. It’s not easy to maintain a balanced nutrition with commercial foods.  In the same way, there is a general notion that raw meat is good natural food for dogs. But raw meat contains a bacteria which could make your dog sick.

Wrapping up…

A nutritious diet is important to keep your dog healthy and active for a long time. Choose the ingredients that are organic and fresh without synthetic materials, additives or chemicals. Use the shelf-stable foods when you are on vacation. Keeping your dog is hydrated is super important. Read the labels on the dog food products. Food act as the building blocks of your dog body. Keep visiting this space as we post a few more interesting articles on dog nutrition.

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