It’s tempting to write off your dog’s diet as incidental to its health, but that’s far from the truth. Just like humans it’s important to realize what you feed your pet directly affects its health. Here are a few diets you may want to consider for your dog.
If you’ve got the time to cook for your four-legged friend then consider some of the details about making your dog’s food from scratch. This is a great way to know exactly what they’re eating. That being said make sure you’re not treating their meals like your own. Keep it simple, keep it consistent. Dog’s aren’t looking for variety like we do and if you do shake it up every now and then introduce the change slowly. Avoid a lot of seasoning and spices, think about what they would eat in the wild – have you ever seen a wolf salt and pepper his deer? More importantly avoid anything that might be toxic like chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, avocados, and macadamia nuts. If you’re interested and would like to learn more about homemade recipes, look at: Dogsaholic.com.
This is one of the more controversial diets out there. Owners usually have strong feelings towards giving their dogs raw meat. For the most part the cons that are brought up have to do with bacteria associated with the raw meat itself. This is really more of a preconceived idea than a practical one, so long as your handling of the product is sanitary. Dogs usually have a stronger constitution than humans, so they can handle more than we are able to.That being said some of the benefits potentially include a healthier coat and immune system. This diet is more in-depth than some of the others, so for more information please check out:
If you do pursue the raw choice there’s a handy weight calculator here: http://www.raw4dogs.com/calculate.htm
Dog Food Ingredients
Most of us feed our pets store bought food, which is completely fine. This option also typically comes up as the most cost effective. Although it’s worth noting that prices fluctuate when dealing with both raw and homemade diets while packaged dog food stays relatively consistent. There’s a lot of options, some better than others. Whether you purchase it from a local store or an online dealer it’s all about the ingredients. And if you’re buying in bulk you can keep some tightly sealed and freeze it to preserve it longer! Here are a few important clues to understanding exactly what those labels are telling you:
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