Healthy Diet Tips for Your Dog

June 4, 2010  
Filed under Dog Health Tips

Healthy Diet Tips for Your Dog

Coming up with a healthy diet plan for your pet may not be as easy as you initially thought it would be. First, it can be truly challenging to choose which dog food product or supplement you will get, given the variety of brands that you are most likely to find in a grocery aisle. Second, you may not know what it is your pet truly needs for him to have a nutritionally balanced diet plan. After all, these essential nutrients are what your pet needs to live longer.

Before attempting to buy even just one bag of dog food from the nearest grocery store, it is wise to speak with your veterinarian first. You will surely be able to learn much from him especially when it comes to taking care of your pet’s health. Moreover, his recommendations will help make creating a diet plan for your dog so much easier. Surely, your veterinarian will recommend a reputable dog food or food supplement brand that boasts of extensive animal nutrition research to back up its products.

It is also advisable to consider the age of your dog when choosing what dog food to buy. Some dog foods have special ingredients that make them more suitable for senior or aging dogs. There are also others that are more appropriate for puppies than for grown dogs. The size of your dog and its breed should also be considered as the effects of certain dog foods may vary depending on these factors.

In addition, it would also be wise to look at the kind of activities that your dog regularly engages in. For example, when your dog is always active, you might want to choose dog food that would give it the necessary sustenance for its activities. Lastly, your dog’s current weight should also be considered to ensure that whatever dog food you will choose will help it attain its desired weight. If your dog happens to be overweight, you may have to be careful about serving only portion sizes of food. This way, your pet will not become obese. Obesity, as it is, will be detrimental for your pet in the long run.

Nonetheless, avoid giving your pet table scraps as these do not constitute a healthy meal for your pet. Rather, choose high-quality dog food or supplement that has everything that your pet might need to make him healthier. By doing these, you will certainly lengthen your pet’s life.

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17 Responses to “Healthy Diet Tips for Your Dog”
  1. Al says:

    This is for Jess. A friend of mine feeds her dogs Nutra. She thinks it’s good dog food. Can you tell me why you think it’s one of the worst?

  2. Caroline says:

    Natura is a good brand of dog food. I highly recommend evo and California Natural Grain Free, the diet is made to rotate which ensures the most optimal nutrition ( in most dogs as well as cats). Being composed of 33% of the same ingredients allows the body to handle changing protein sources simpler.

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Should you have a concern regarding the diet of your dog, you should contact your veterinarian. All information on this site is the opinion of the author, and is presented solely for informational purposes and should not, at any time, be considered a substitute for seeking or receiving professional veterinary care for your dog(s).
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