Your Dog's Health
Nutrition for Your Dog
for Your Dog
keep your dog looking and feeling its' best a good diet is imperative. The
proper diet should include the right amount of nutrients - protein, minerals,
vitamins, fats, carbohydrates and plenty of fresh clean water to drink. All of
these elements help your dog produce strong bones and teeth, clear eyes and a
healthy coat. A dog has different nutrition requirements depending on it's age,
size, level of activity, health diagnosis and weight management program - from
puppy to senior.
is a multitude of choices and varieties of foods on the market for dogs. It can
be overwhelming! Ask your breeder or veterinarian for advice. You'll need to pay
close attention to how your dog responds to his food. It's even possible that a
food may be fine for your dog for quite some time and then a reaction occurs.
The reason for this could be that the manufacturer changed the ingredients
slightly and your dog is having a negative response. Always check the label - if
you suspect that your dog has allergies - scratching, runny eyes, digestive
issues be sure to take your dog to the vet. Allergy testing may be necessary to
get to the root of the problem.
owners prefer the convenience of "kibble" or dry food rather that
canned food. Crunching the hard kibble helps clean your dog's teeth and
exercises his jaw muscles. It also is less messy than canned food with yard
cleanup. If your dog prefers canned food you can mix it with kibble. Just a
small amount of canned food will satisfy your dog's palate. Be sure to cover and
refrigerate any leftover canned food for the next feeding. Semi-moist foods
(those cute little pouches) are convenient but don't contain the nutrition that
premium kibble or canned food provide.
the Age of Your Dog When Feeding
have different nutritional requirements than adult dogs. When selecting a food
for your puppy make sure that it is the variety specially formulated for
puppies. This provides additional vitamins and supplements to help bones and the
brain develop and is also easier to digest. Your puppy will be growing rapidly,
its' stomach is of limited size and he will require 3-4 meals a day until it
reaches six months old.
six months of age your puppy will be satisfied with 2-3 meals a day. Keep in
mind that if you are giving your dog treats that you are adding calories to his
diet and he could become overweight. Adjust his feeding if you are giving
treats; also remember that treats don't usually contain the necessary nutrition
your puppy needs.
a biscuit into several pieces - your treats will go a lot further and your puppy
will still be satisfied with his reward! This goes for your adult dog too!
Obesity in dogs is a serious health risk. It places additional strain on their
joints, organs and overall health. Instead, reward your dog with a ball, a
squeak toy or a nice belly scratch! He'll love you for it!
your adult dog according to it's size and energy level. It's best to feed two
smaller meals a day rather than one large meal. Your dog will be less likely to
demand treats and this will also aid in more consistent digestion. He will
process the nutrients of the food much better as well.
dogs require plenty of fresh, clean and cool water. The food and water dishes
should be cleaned daily to avoid disease from bacteria and germs.
NOT to Feed Your Dog
let those puppy eyes charm you into feeding your dog from your plate or the
kitchen table. This will surely develop bad habits that are difficult to
overcome once the pattern has been established. It's also risky since many foods
that are of nutritional value to humans can be pure poison for a dog. And, if
your dog has an allergic reaction it may be difficult for you or your vet to
recognize whether it is being caused by his dog food or some other source. For
low calorie treats or other options seek the advice of your veterinarian.
dog depends on you to be responsible for his health. Plenty of exercise, regular
grooming, correct diet and regular veterinarian visits are necessary to keep
your dog at his best. Taking care of your dog responsibly means that you'll be
most likely to recognize any changes in his habits that could be an indication
that he's ill. When you observe eating, sleeping, drinking habits and energy
levels change you're able to to recognize that a call or a trip to your
veterinarian may be in order.
more information on your dog's health needs go to AKC's
The Healthy Dog.