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Dog Food Advisor – Be Your Dog’s Best Friend

Being a dog mom/dad is something to be proud of. Having a dog around can be fun. At the same time, it is an added responsibility to take care of its nutrition. Keep reading to never go wrong with feeding your dog the best, nutritious food for healthy growth. Dog food treats are not the only thing they need.

Keep reading to learn what to feed your dog to keep them happy and healthy. As they say “The way to a man’s heart is through the stomach”. The same holds true for these fur babies. Whether you make it yourself or buy your dog’s food, always make sure to include all the essential nutrients.

Nutrition – what does my dog need?

This is the most important fact dog nutrition. Many times we focus on giving them protein. Dogs need a balance of fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and water. The easiest way is to make a weekly chart of food you plan to give to your dog. Try to add treats and snacks your dog likes.

How many times can I feed my dog?

People complain that their dogs don’t eat a proper meal and focus on grazing. Fix a family mealtime and get your dog down to eat with you. Focus on including more homemade dog recipes on the menu.

The dog must have 2 meals a day, with a gap of around 12-hours. Let them have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This will ensure he/she finishes the food under your supervision.

Letting your dog go without meals for more than 12 hours can result in nausea.

Which foods are best for my dog?

Any healthy food your dog likes is good for it. Packaged and highly processed food is as bad for dogs as it is for humans. Focus on homemade dog food. Try to include the following in your dog’s diet:

  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Meat (turkey, chicken, beef, mutton, etc)
  • Leafy greens
  • Boiled potatoes
  • Cheese
  • Most fruits
  • Raw or cooked liver (once a week)
  • Peanut butter

You don’t need to limit yourself when thinking of what to give your dog. All these are nutritious. You have many options to play around with. Dinner time does not have to be boring.

How to store dog food?

The same principle applies to it as normal food. Keep dog food away from hot and humid conditions. Be careful to seal leftovers in an airtight jar. Remember to discard leftovers if they go bad.

German Shepherd

How many calories to feed in a day?

People surf the web or ask other dog owners how much calories they give to their pets. This is not the ideal way to determine your dog's calorie intake. Each dog is unique and has different requirements.

There is a simple rule of thumb to calculate how many calories your dog needs:

30 * Kg (weight) + 70 = calories needed daily

Picky eater – fret no more

Keep track of what you are feeding them. People tend to feed their canines scraps from their table and expect them to eat these gladly. That is not likely to happen.

Offer them a simple meal. Allow 15-20 minutes to finish it. If they are not done by then, take it away and offer it again after an hour. Keep doing this until your dog finishes it.

Homemade diet – It does not get better

A homemade diet does wonders for your pet's health and wellbeing. When cooking for your dog at home, include nutrition from all food groups. You can do this by brewing vegetable soup with chicken broth and bones and adding in vegetables. Do not forget to give them a dog treat once in a while to keep them happy.

 

Human food dogs can eat – know it all

The trend of feeding pets home cooked food is on the rise. Reason being, you know exactly what is going in their diet. But, there are some foods which are toxic for dogs. Apart from the foods mentioned above, there are more options to choose from.

Look at the foods good and bad for dogs.

Human food to include in the dog’s diet

Human foods to exclude from the dog’s diet

Bread

Chocolate

Green beans

Coffee

Cantaloupe

Avocados

Carrots

Grapes and raisins

Bananas

Yeast dough

Oatmeal

Bacon

Peas

Chewing gum (who thought that was a good idea?)

 Raw-feeding – a new world in dog food

This is a new trend and is easy to follow. Several verified raw dog food plans are available online. The underlying concept is to include raw food in the dog’s diet instead of cooked food. Benefits of a raw diet are said to include healthier skin, shinier coats , smaller stools, high energy levels, and many more.

Upset tummy- what to give?

One of the most common problems with dogs is an upset tummy. Keep them off commercial food and try giving them one of the following or a combination of the following foods for a few days:

  • Shredded chicken
    • It is rich in amino acids, fats, minerals, and essential vitamins
  • Rice and chicken
  • Bone broth
  • Pumpkin: high in fiber
  • Baby food

Use the following chart to feed a balanced diet to your fur baby.

Dog Food Chart

 Let meals be fun and a time for you and your dog to bond together!

Happy Eating!

 



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