A balanced diet is essential for your dog’s good health. And it’s important to start your dog off from puppy stage with a healthy diet.
So what should your dog’s diet consist of? Well, if you want to find out, here we go…
Never, ever feed your dog chocolate (the kind we eat). Chocolate contains ingredients that can actually kill your dog, and small dogs in particular are at risk. If you want to give your dog a treat, then try some of the specially formulated dog treats available commercially, and only use them sparingly. Never, ever feed your dog “human” chocolate.
A balanced diet is essential. All dry or all wet (canned) food can cause problems, as too much of one can have the wrong balance of vitamins and minerals for your dog. If you feed all dry food, then you need to make sure that your dog has access to fresh water at all times. Failure to provide water can lead to dehydration. The best diet is a mixture of dry and wet food, but whatever you choose, make sure that you read the label to ensure that the product provides a balanced selection of ingredients. Be careful not to give your dog a diet based solely on red meat as some studies suggest that too much red meat may be linked to an increased risk of cancer in dogs. And be very wary of adding your own supplements to your dog’s food. Leave that to the manufacturers and buy a balanced food.
Never feed your dog cooked bones, as they can splinter and cause internal injuries to your dog. If you are going to feed bones to your dog, feed raw uncooked bones, and do it sparingly, as there is some evidence that dogs might ingest harmful bacteria such as e.coli and salmonella from raw meat and bones. To lessen the risk, only feed your dog raw meet that has been properly refrigerated and is less than 3 or 4 days old.
So there you have it. I hope that these tips have been helpful.
Dave has over 30 years experience with dogs, and realizes the frustration confronting many dog owners.