Best Diet For Dogs
We live in a very health-conscious society, as we are always trying to educate ourselves in order to select the foods that will best keep us healthy and fit, but when it comes to our pooches, do we really know what the best diet is for them? Many dog owners feel overwhelmed with so many food options on the market. If you are one of them, here are some things to look for so you can make the best choice in nutrition for your special friend.
There are several things to take into consideration when selecting what would be the best diet for your dog, one important thing to keep in mind to help narrow down your options would be your dog's age. For example, a puppy would have different nutritional needs than would an adult or a senior dog, so making sure that an age-appropriate diet is selected is one way to ensure your dog will have its nutritional needs met. Something else to take into consideration when deciding on the best diet for your dog is his or her physical condition. If your dog has any underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, digestive problems or kidney issues, just to name a few, then chances are your dog would need a special prescription diet.
If your dog requires a special diet, then a veterinarian would be the one indicated to help you decide what would be the best diet to keep your dog healthy and fit considering their particular health problems. Some ingredients that should be avoided when purchasing store-bought dog foods are corn and wheat gluten, MSG, artificial colors, farmed salmon, corn syrup, meat meal and BHA/BHT (chemical preservative). Contrary to popular belief, dogs are not strictly carnivores, even though a great percentage of their diet consists of meat. High-quality dog food should be comprised of a combination of meat, grains, vegetable, and even fruits, meat being the main ingredient, so look at the list of ingredients before deciding. Dogs should never be given a raw diet, they can digest raw meat, however feeding them raw meats puts them at risk of bacteria like Salmonella or Listeria which can cause foodborne illnesses. Homemade dog food is always an option, and more and more dog owners are going that route, but remember, there is always a risk of not providing the correct balance and combination of nutrients, putting your dog at risk of increasing dietary deficiencies.
In today's world treats have become a staple and part of our dog's daily diet. They can be used in training, rewarding, and as a way to show our love, but be cautious because too many treats can add a lot of unwanted calories putting your dog at risk for obesity which is associated with a variety of health concerns. Apples, carrots, bananas, sweet potato and or broccoli are all healthier options and a less caloric alternative to dog treats. You'll find most dogs love them.
We so love our furry relatives and diet is such an important aspect of their lives. If dogs are given a nutritionally balanced canine diet they should display a shiny healthy coat, steady lean weight, have normal regular bladder and bowel movements, be playful and alert, have healthy teeth and a fresh mouth but most importantly live the longest, healthiest and happiest life possible. Furthermore, making sure you are feeding your dog the best possible diet is essential because remember, we are what we eat!