As paw parents, our concern for what our furbabies eat is of paramount importance. The food we provide for our furry companions has a significant impact on their overall health and well-being.
It can be pretty challenging knowing what foods are safe for our dogs, especially when there are so many choices on the market.
So let’s talk about dog nutrition!
Here are 8 facts you need to know about your furkid’s dietary needs:
Dogs can eat ‘people food’.
We’re not saying you should throw in some excess bacon from your plate into their bowl. Keep in mind, dogs have different nutritional requirements than people. But some human foods, like lean meats, fruits, and vegetables, can be a great addition to their diet.
Homemade dog food can be risky.
While homemade dog food may seem like a healthier option, it can be risky if not prepared correctly. Homemade dog food may not provide all the nutrition that dogs require, which can lead to health problems. It's important to consult with a veterinarian or animal nutritionist before preparing homemade food for your pup.
Only fresh food, please!
Processed foods are a huge red flag for your four-legged friend. All-natural foods give your dog the essential nutrients they need to lead a happy, healthy life!
Make treats their snacks.
Although treats are a fantastic way to reward your dog's good behaviour in-between meal times, they can also be used to indulge your furbaby with a healthy snack! Just be sure you’re giving them something nutrient-packed like fruits, organic dental chews, or even raw meat treats.
Like us, dogs need to be hydrated.
Water makes up more than half of an adult dog’s body weight. They can survive even if they lose all of their body fat and half of their protein, but losing only 10% of the water in their body could be fatal.
It’s rare for dogs to be allergic to certain proteins.
Food allergies in dogs are quite uncommon. It is, however, still possible and is typically identified after environmental and seasonal allergies have been eliminated as potential causes.
Older dogs need just as much protein as younger dogs.
Contrary to (previously) popular belief, senior dogs require more protein, not less. Providing an adequate amount of protein is crucial to fuel their ageing muscles.
Dogs love variety.
Just as you wouldn’t want to eat the same cheeseburger day in and day out, dogs love when you switch up their food bowl. Sure, they might not accept new food readily, but you can start introducing new food to them slowly. This will also help them get a balance of nutrients they need.
Healthy dogs lead happy lives!
By prioritising our dogs' nutrition and well-being, we can ensure their happiness and longevity for many years to come.