By Guest writer Benjamin Howard
It goes without saying that before you even consider getting a dog, make sure you have the means to support its needs. Among the many things to take care of when it comes to your canine friend is overseeing his or her nutrition. Dogs require a balanced diet in order to maintain a healthy well-being.
It contributes to fitness.
Even if your dog appears physically fit, it isn’t wise to always assume he or she is. Regular trips to the veterinarian will help determine if your dog is really healthy.
We discussed in a previous blog post on Acme Canine how food impacts your dog’s level of fitness. Some dog owners would go for commercial dog food because it’s convenient and economical. While wet food and dry kibble have their benefits, they may not necessarily meet your dog’s nutritional requirements. Make sure to get advice from a pet nutritionist on what certain components your pooch needs.
Experts always say to carefully study the label before buying food. A veterinarian with 30 years of experience relayed on PetMD, “The first three ingredients are the most important. It’s easy to tell if the diet is vegetable based, with corn, rice, wheat, and soybean meal listed as the main ingredients; or if the diet is meat based, with meat, lamb, fish or poultry listed as the main ingredients.”
In general, dogs require a meat-based diet. However, putting your dog on an all-meat routine is bad for him or her as well. Canines are technically omnivores, so a balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates, and fat is always best.
Commercial or Homemade?
Commercial dog treats may come as wet or dry, as mentioned earlier. The former is recommended for dogs that don’t drink enough water because it provides an extra source of hydration. It is also advisable to feed this type of food to pups that have missing teeth, poorly aligned jaws or smaller mouths. However, once wet food is opened, it shouldn’t be left out at room temperature for too long. The pet food storage guide shared by Go Fetch documents that you should keep it in a cool place. Refrigerated leftover canned food can last for four days. It’s best to serve wet food when you will still be around the house in the next few hours.
Dry food on the other hand, can be left out for hours or a day without spoiling. If you plan on leaving the house for a while, you can fill up the dog bowl with dry kibble for your pup to eat it at his or her own pace. There are also automated pet food dispensers which are advisable for an owner that needs to regulate the dog’s food consumption. Dogs can become overweight, too.
If you are feeding your pup commercial food, The Spruce suggests to rotate diets every two to six months. This simply means switching to a new brand and kind from time to time.
Commercial food tends to contain lower proteins, so if you really want your furry friend to have high quality meals, consider feeding it homemade treats. Depending on what you make, homemade food usually has the essential amount of nutrients. Plus, your dog gets to enjoy it fresh! Of course, before you make preparations, be sure to get the word of your pet nutritionist.
How will you know if you’re on the right track when it comes to your dog’s diet? Look out for signs like less frequency of firm stool, healthy teeth and gums, as well as energetic demeanor with less behavioral problems. All of this means you’re doing a good job!