Improving Your Dog’s Diet

We all want our dogs to be as healthy and happy as possible. However, it’s not enough just to give your dog all the love in the world, though of course, that is very important! The biggest contributing factors to a dog’s health and wellbeing are exercise and diet.

Your dog’s diet has a huge impact on their health and happiness! The wrong diet can lead to obesity and life-long health issues, whereas, the right diet can keep them slim, healthy and in great condition.

Not only does your dog’s eating habits have an impact on their present health, but it also impacts the longevity of their life. Studies show that keeping your dog lean can increase life their span by as much as two years and delay the onset of chronic disease!

To ensure that your dog’s body and mind are as healthy as can be, you need to ensure they have the right diet. Take our advice, and you’ll have a dog that’s on their way to becoming their healthy best in no time.

Dog Food

You probably already know that not all dogs are the same, and it’s true! Your dog needs to have a diet that’s right for them and so choosing a food will always entail a certain amount of trial and error. While some dogs will flourish on apparently low grade foods, others might have difficulties on even the highest quality diets. Your dog’s health should, therefore, always be the final indicator of a food’s suitability.

All dogs need a wide range of nutrients to live a healthy life. These range from the macro-nutrients like protein and fat which dogs need in large quantities to micro-nutrients like vitamins and minerals, which are needed in much smaller amounts but are just as crucial to a dogs health.

A dog’s diet isn’t something that should be taken lightly. Just in a similar way that you wouldn’t feed yourself, substandard food, you should ensure that your dog also consumes only the best. A good dog food will contain meat, vegetables, grains, and fruits. The best dog foods contain high-quality versions of these ingredients that are appropriate for your dog’s digestive system. All dog foods are required to provide the percentages of certain nutrients on the label, but if you need any more details you should get in touch with the manufacturer and they will usually be happy to help.

Did you know?: Food should be fed at room temperature and do not feed your dog immediately before or after exercise.

Treats

As pet owners, we all love to treat our dogs once in a while. However, it’s really important to give your dog healthy snacks. Choosing a healthy treat or snack contributes to the long and happy life of your pet. Our chicken flavour Multi Vitamin Chews for Dogs are the ideal snack or training treat for your dog! Our Multi Benefit Chews enhance the wellness of your dogs Hip & Joints, Skin and Coat and Digestive Health!

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As treats can play such a vital role, it’s vital to make sure they aren’t having an adverse impact on your dog’s health. Over consumption unhealthy treats can lead to obesity, which in turn leads to health issues and a diminished quality of life.

Fresh Whole Foods

Dogs, unlike cats, are not strict carnivores. While meat makes up the majority of their diet, domestic dogs can also derive nutrients from fresh whole foods such as grains, vegetables and fruit, which are a valuable source of essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

Whilst not fillers, these non-meat foods are rich in live enzymes which will improve your dog’s health. Vegetables have maximum nutrients which help in strengthening the bones, gums and teeth maintenance. Whole foods also include fiber, which aids the digestion process and even improves stools.

Senior Dogs

Senior dogs are less active and have a slower metabolism, so fewer calories and fat are required. Specially formulated senior dog food is available on the market and it is advisable to move older dogs onto this food. Manufactured senior dog foods are carefully formulated to reflect the changes that occur as a dog gets older. It is important not to over feed older dogs as they may put on weight which will lead to increased stress on their joints and worsen any existing arthritis.

Hydration

You spend ages comparing dog diets and making sure you purchase the safest toys and treats for your pup, but did you know that water may be the most important key in keeping your dog healthy?

Water is essential to help carry substances throughout a dog’s body. It’s also the basis for most processes that keep them healthy. Digestion, circulation, waste filtering, and body temperature regulation are just a few of the internal processes driven by water. Check out our blog here on the importance of hydration to learn more.

Portion Size

Sometimes, it’s not what your dog is eating, but how much. Feeding your dog the right amount is very important. Obesity is associated with a wide range of health problems and can lead to your dog being less active. Portion size is something that’s individual to each dog, since they’re different shapes and sizes.

All dog foods have feeding guidelines on the packaging. You should always start by following the guidelines for your dog’s weight. Your vet will be able to tell you your dog’s weight or you can stand on the scales whilst carrying your dog to calculate it at home.

Tip: If you’re noticing that your dog is beginning to look a little bit overweight, do your research on your dog’s size and how many calories they should be consuming and ensure you’re dialling down the portion sizes somewhat. They might not like you for it, but you’ll be doing them a favor in the long run.

No one knows your dog quite like you do and you should be in control of your dog’s diet. Ensure you attend to your dog very well and adhere to the dog’s meal times, bathing times, exercise, walk and resting times. Also, invite your dog’s vet to check it from time to time to ensure your dog’s health is at it’s best.