Dog Food & Treats
Although many of us are careful about the food we choose for ourselves, when it comes to healthy dog food we might not be quite so informed about what’s good and what isn’t. When you choose the right food for your dog, and feed it in the right way, you’ll have a healthy, happy and satisfied pet!
What To Look For In Pre-Made Dog Food
There are so many different types of dog food to choose from, you should always read the labels to find the best one for your dog. First, you should check the type of meat included – look for specific terms rather than ingredients such as “animal” or “meat”, and check that it’s the main ingredient (some dog foods will list water as the main ingredient). Try to avoid soy products, corn and grains as these are not easy for your dog to digest.
If you’ve got time for it, then the best way to ensure you’re feeding your pet healthy dog food, using real meat and other ingredients you know they can handle, is to make it yourself. However, it’s important to note that pre-made dog food often contains extra vitamins that your dog needs to stay healthy. If you feed your dog homemade food, make sure you speak to a veterinarian about any vitamins and supplements you may need to give your dog.
Occasionally, certain brands of pet food will be recalled after being reported to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). You can keep on top of any unsafe foods for your pet by visiting the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Tips For Feeding Your Dog
It’s not just a question of what you feed your dog, but also how much! Different dogs need to eat different amounts, so it’s important you understand the needs of your dog’s breed and age. Your dog food should include directions as to how much to feed your dog – but this amount also assumes your pet gets adequate exercise each day!
You shouldn’t have a puppy away from its mother until it’s at least eight weeks old, at which point it’ll be eating solid foods twice a day. There are a humber of dog foods labeled specifically for puppies. Puppy food should be used until your dog is a year old, still twice a day even when your puppy is teething and becoming more fussy.
Try to feed your dog at the same time each day, and using the same food. Changes in the diet can upset their digestive system and cause unpleasant symptoms. You should make sure the dog has access to drinking water at all times of day, and change the water once a day.
Following these tips, alongside using healthy dog food, are the best way of ensuring your pet maintains a healthy weight and gets all the vitamins and minerals they need.