Healthy diets for dogs
My dog eats everything. I mean what I eat he always would like to taste. He is happy what whatever I serve to him. And yes, our dogs can eat meats, vegetables, and grains, all can be a part of their diet. But also like us, dogs need balanced, moderately-sized meals that fuel their activities, we must take care that our dogs are not oversized for their breed or skinny.
You should have three things on your mind when it comes to food diet for your dog:
- Activity level
- Ideal weight
A young Cane Corso, for example, needs a lot of exercises, and that means a lot of food to keep him going. A tiny, 10-year-old Chihuahua, though, may be more accustomed to spending her day in your lap rather than building up a big appetite. Adults dogs should be fed at least twice a day to help avoid bloat which can be fatal. Also, dogs should not be exercised immediately before or after eating, to avoid bloat, particularly deep-chested dogs.
You should regularly check your dog pup. They are just like us, if they eat good food, or suitable for them pup should be solid if they eat bad food you will probably see it as diarrhea.
It’s important that the diet you feed your dog is “complete and balanced”, meaning it meets all of your dog’s nutritional needs. Home-prepared diets that include a wide variety of foods fed at different meals rely on balance over time, not at every meal. Similar to the way humans eat, as long as your dog gets everything he needs to be spread out over each week or two, his diet will be complete and balanced. If your healthy best friend eats a balanced diet, she or he shouldn’t need zinc supplements. I personally prefer to give my Cane Corso cooked beef bone with meat and I put little vegetables like green beans and spinach. He loves it.
Here are some common people foods that should never be dog foods: avocados, alcohol, baking soda and powder, caffeine, chives, chocolate, corn cobs, fruit pits and seeds, garlic, grapes, macadamia nuts and walnuts, milk and milk-based products, mushrooms, nutmeg and other spices, onions, raisins, rhubarb leaves, tomatoes, xylitol (found in many candies and gums), and yeast dough.
Dogs fed a homemade diet may need supplements. Check with a veterinarian or nutritionist for help in determining what, if anything, is needed.
Essential vitamins and minerals for dogs:
- Vitamins A and E Vitamin A can play a role in weight loss, helping your dog burn fat more efficiently, says Nelson. Vitamins A and E serve as important antioxidants, staving off the aging process and fighting disease. These vitamins also contribute to your dog’s eye and skin health. The liver is a good source of vitamin A, and eggs are a source of both vitamins A and E.
- Vitamin B-12 This vitamin aids in cell growth and development.
- Calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D These ingredients help strengthen your dog’s bones and teeth. Animal by-products are good sources, says Nelson. Bone meal includes these building blocks.
- Iron This mineral is essential for healthy blood, helping transport oxygen throughout your pup’s body. High-quality meat and meat by-products are a source, recommends Nelson.
- Potassium This mineral supports heart health. Carbohydrates are good sources of potassium, say the experts.
- Vitamin C Dogs and humans benefit from vitamin C in the same way: It can boost the immune system, promote healing and fight illness.
If you feed your dog with industrial dogs food you carefully cheek label. Here are some of the best-known brands: Orijen, ACANA, Eagle Pack, Fromm, Nature’s Logic, Stella & Chewy’s, Wysong, Pinnacle, Primal, Hi-Tek Naturals.