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Feeding your Pet Dog - Healthy Dog Diet and Dog Food Tips

Introduction to Healthy Dog Food Diet Adding a new pet to the family is an exciting time for everyone, but it doesn’t come without responsibility. For one thing, your pet is entirely dependent on you for their food supply. As such, it is very important to strike the best possible balance between nutritional value and caloric intake. You have to realize that not all foods are created equal. By taking the time to learn about what is out there you are taking care of your pet in ways that they cannot take care of themselves. It may take some time, but it is also totally worth it when you realize that finding that balance will help your pet to live a long and healthy life as an important member of your family. In this lesson we will go through the nutritional requirements for dogs. As your pet ages, its needs change. For example, an active dog in the prime of its life will need more calories than a sedentary senior pet. But, that same senior dog might need different nutrients to maintain its health than a growing puppy does. This may sound confusing, but it’s a piece of cake once you get the hang of it. By following these simple guidelines, you can help to keep your pet happy and healthy for years to come.

Feeding your DogAs we pointed out, different life stages require different nutritional requirements, but there are a few things to look for regardless of age or even breed. First you want to pay attention to the ingredients in your pet’s food. It is important that the first ingredient be meat, like chicken or lamb. It is okay if it says chicken meal or lamb meal, but you want to avoid by-products. Also you want to avoid corn or wheat as a first ingredient. These are mostly fillers that add bulk to the food, and to your pet, but hold little nutritional value. Now these ingredients can be on the list. In fact, it may be hard to find a food that doesn’t include them in some capacity. You just don’t want them to be the first, and therefore most prevalent, ingredient.

Now, you also want to make sure that the food is safe to feed your dog. You do this by looking for the label from the Association of American Feed Control Officials. It will say that the food is AAFOC Certified. The presence of this label assures you that the product has undergone animal testing. In other words, it has been fed to actual animals and they suffered no ill effects.

Dog food is available in two general forms, dry and canned. Most owners end up going with a dry food, especially for larger breeds, as it is more cost effective and helps control tarter build up. Dry kibble is also easier to store. Once canned food is opened, it must be covered and refrigerated. Your pet may prefer the taste of the canned variety, but the choice is yours. Whether you go with a canned food or a dry kibble is up to you, just make sure that it meets the above specifications, as well as fulfills your pet’s nutritional needs.

Feeding Puppies - Puppy Food Tips  Puppies, like babies, require smaller more frequent meals. Puppies under 16 weeks of age should be feed four small meals a day. This helps meet the requirements of their growing bodies, and can also help with potty training. If you know when they eat, then you know when they need to go outside! Look for a food that is marked “complete and balanced.” This means that it holds the right combination of vitamins and minerals that your puppy needs. The overall amount of food is something that should be decided by you and your vet, but you will usually find recommendations printed right on the bag.

If at all possible, find out what type of food your puppy is on before you bring them home. Keeping them on something familiar, at least in the short run, can help them to transition into their new environment. Suddenly changing the diet of a young dog can cause diarrhea and even vomiting in some pets. If you want to make a food change, do it gradually. You can mix the two types of food to wean them more slowly, and avoid these unpleasant side effects.

If you have a large breed dog, their adult size is something that you want to consider. Some people are of the mind set that bigger is better. And, as such, they do everything that they can to speed up their pets growth in hopes that they will be larger as an adult. This is a dangerous practice that can lead to some serious health problems for your dog. Accelerated growth can put unnecessary stress on your pet’s joints that can lead to hip dysphasia. To avoid this, look for a food designed specifically for large breed puppies. These special formulas control the growth of the puppy so that their joints can keep up with the demands of their growing bodies.

Feeding Adult Dogs - Adult Dog Food Diet Requirements Tips In terms of nutrition, your dog is considered an adult at the age of about nine months. At this point their stomach has grown large enough to start their adult feeding schedule. This means one to two times a day depending on the size and type of dog. Many small breed varieties prefer to be fed twice a day due to their small stomachs. Larger breeds usually do fine just being fed once a day. There is also a group of pet owners that choose to leave food out for their pets all the time. Some animals do great with this style of feeding, while others will gorge themselves. You just have to watch your dog and decide what is best for them. If you have any questions, just ask you vet for input.

As to the amount of food, it depends on the level of activity and, again, on the size of the dog. Most foods will have some kind of recommendation printed on the package, and this is a very good starting point. Once you have a good base amount for your dog’s size, then you can adjust it for their activity level. Climate must also be taken into consideration. If you live in a cold weather environment, your dog will need more calories to help it maintain body heat.

Feeding Senior Dogs - Older Dogs Food Diet RequirementsAs your pet ages, their calorie needs decrease. This is mostly due to decreased activity levels. Add this to the fact that their changing metabolism can cause them to become over weight, and you have a complicated situation. You need to find a food that your dog likes, and wants to eat since their appetite might diminish with age. There are many foods on the market today specially formulated for older dogs. Choose one of these for your pet, or ask your vet their opinion on the subject. The most important thing is that your pet gets the nutrients that they need.


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