If you want to make your dogs sound, safe and healthy, then it is important to feed it with all the necessary dietary components. Giving your dog’s the necessary essential diets will enhance its lifespan. Poor diets will end up leading to obesity and overall poor performance of the dog.
The Four Essentials
These are the four essential food groups:
Buy dog foods that have good dose of animal protein, not necessarily the ones with vegetable proteins. Dogs or puppies need at least 18% protein for their sustenance and maintenance.
During reproduction, they need foods that have about 22% of protein. Don’t over-feed your dogs or puppies. It is unhealthy to give your dogs, foods that contain too much protein. It can result in hyperactivity.
Fat provides energy to your dog and keeps its coat healthy. Don’t buy fat-free dog foods. Every adult dog needs about 5% of fat in their foods on a daily basis for survival and sustenance.
Ensure you give your dog, diets that are rich in vitamin or add some vitamin supplements. Consult your veterinary doctor to know the amount of vitamin your dog needs at every stage of life; the volume of vitamin that should be in the food.
There is a popular saying that ‘water is life’. Your dog needs water to grow. Eating high amount of dry foods will always make your dog thirsty. For every pound of dry food, ensure you give your dog enough water.
When you are searching for the right diets to give to your dog, make sure you choose foods that have been approved by the AAFCO; Association of American Feed Control Officials.
Feeding the right quantity
Feed your dog two to three times daily. Some dogs eat up to four to five times. Scientists and veterinarians suggest that dogs should be given foods that contain a combination of dry and wet.
Foods to avoid
Don’t substitute water with milk. Milk can never serve the hunger for water. Milk is good, but excess of it can cause diarrhea while eggs, fish, and raw meat can create problems like dermatitis and seizures. Ensure that the food you give to your dog is thoroughly cooked. Always give your dog a healthy diet; your dog deserves to eat right.
Lack of water can make your dog seriously ill for days or even weeks. Giving your dog constant clean drinking water will make it live longer and healthier as well.
Let your dog eat foods that are suitable for their health, lifestyle, and age. Make sure the veterinary doctor recommends the foods you are giving to the dog.
Some human foods can be poisonous to your dog, so avoid foods like onions and chocolate. Regulate the amount of food you give to your dogs so that they don’t become under or overweight.
If your dog is no longer eating or drinking as it used to, call your veterinarian for assistance, because the dog could be ill.