All of us, dog owners, want the best for your pet. And just like in case of people, proper nutrition is crucial for animal’s well-being. Gudog’s team is about to share an overview of the variety of dog foods and some tips. So, keep reading.
There is a variety of feeding regimes to choose from: dry complete diets, semi-moist or tinned food, and home-made food. You will find the descriptions bellow. The bottom line is that the most suitable diet should be easily digested and produce dark brown, firm, formed stools. If you suspect your dog might be suffering from indigestion, the current diet may not be suitable for it. You might want to consult you vet as well.
Dry complete foods
There is a wide range of dry complete foods on the market and the quality varies widely. To get the best out of your dog’s health choose a food specially designed for them and buy the best you can afford. Many of them are based on chicken and rice or corn. Bear in mind that even though these foods may appear more expensive to buy, you don’t need as much of it as you would need a lower grade food. This means that the actual cost might work out the same, if not less!
Semi-moist and tinned foods
As with complete dry foods, tinned foods and semi-moist foods can vary in quality. Again choose a good quality food with an easily digestible recipe i.e. chicken and rice and choose a specialist food which does not require additional foods to be added to it.
If you choose to feed your dog a homemade diet, it is important that you understand and provide what your dog needs to stay healthy; veterinary nutritionists can assist in developing suitable homemade diets, as it is impossible to predict an individual dog’s reaction to any food or ingredient. However, feeding your pooch with home-made food responsibly will result in a happy, healthy pooch and a happy wallet.
Good quality prepared treats have been developed with dogs dietary needs in mind. You can also prepare some healthy and yummy treats for your dog (it can become a great family past time too!). Yet, all treats should be given sparingly, never more than 15% of the total calorie intake.
Bear in mind: real chocolate is poisonous to dogs and can cause liver damage and even be fatal, so never give your dog any chocolate, or leave any lying around for it to find and eat.
Finally, keep in mind
- Keep food and water bowls clean.
- If your dog does not seem to like eating dry complete, try soaking the food in a little warm water to soften or mix in a little tinned food.
- Never change your dog’s diet suddenly. If you want to change its diet, do it gradually over a period of a few days to a week.
- Don’t feed your dog before travelling in the car as this can encourage car-sickness.
- Last, but not least – don’t overfeed your dog.