Have you thought about what you’re feeding your dog? Did you know that feeding your dog a balanced, healthy and nutritious diet will help them lead a happy, healthy and long life?
Did you know a healthy diet for your dog is not difficult to achieve because her dietary needs are very similar to your own…?
Just like you, one of your dog’s basic needs is proper nutrition. If you eat junk food, you’re likely to feel lethargic afterwards and lack the energy required to complete daily tasks. The look and feel of your hair, skin and nails reflects the health of your body and what you see in the toilet can also give you valuable insights into your health. Over time, eating unhealthy foods can have a big impact on your health and problems may arise such as heart disease or diabetes.
As such, to be fit and healthy you need to eat good food i.e. you are what you eat!
Dogs are no different. Dogs who eat an unbalanced, poor diet can develop nutritional deficiencies that cause them to feel lethargic. Poor nutrition can often lead to skin infections, allergies, rashes and an oily, dull or patchy coat. Dogs can also get some of the same diseases and conditions that we do such as arthritis, cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
The saying, “You are what you eat,” is as true for dogs as it is for people.
Both humans and dogs need a balanced diet and should eat foods that give the nutritional value they need to keep fit and healthy. While dogs cannot eat all the same foods we do, a dogs nutritional needs are not too dissimilar from our own and are just as important. Dogs benefit from a balanced combination of six basic nutrients which are: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water.
Pay careful attention to the ingredients in dog food to make sure your dog’s eating a complete and balanced diet. There may be a bit of trial and error when choosing your dog’s food as a particular food may not suit your dog’s individual and lifestyle needs. Unfortunately, your dog cannot tell you when something does not feel right or when she has stomach ache after eating but you may be able to tell immediately that the food doesn’t suit her by looking at her stools. Your dog’s stools are an important indicator of her health – they should be firm and formed and hold together when you pick them up with a shovel or plastic bag.
By ensuring that your dog is fed a nutritious and balanced diet you will be helping her lead the happy, healthy and long life that she deserves.
If you consider the principle ‘you are what you eat’ when choosing foods for your dog, it will become so much easier to choose the right foods to feed her. I find it helpful to think about which foods are healthy for me… There are a list of toxic foods for dogs which you can find here.
How do you choose foods for your dog? Please let us know in the comments below.