Do you really know all that there is to know about your beautiful dogs nutritional needs

Do you really know all that there is to know about your beautiful dogs nutritional needs? Many well meaning pet owners think they are doing what is best for their dogs when it comes to food, but the truth is that they are relying more on pure instinct than science.

Lets be clear about this, nutrition is not a guessing game, even when it comes to your pooch. Think about it for a moment, if you were left to feed yourself based only on what you craved for, and had no knowledge of what your body needs to function, would you be eating 5 servings of fruit and veggies a day, or would you head straight for the burger and fries section at the supermarket?

So, lets look at some vital tips which will help keep your pooch happy and healthy.

1. Cover all of the bases.

A dogs diet can be as complex as any humans (including yours), and it is absolutely essential that you, as an owner, hit all of the vital nutritional bases. A deficiency of certain vitamins and nutrients can lead to upset tummies, overly dry or oily skin, brittle bones, weight issues, and, in some of the worst cases, death.

A balanced and proper diet is the building block of your dogs overall health, and if he does not get the right blend of nutrients, the most impeccable care otherwise will not mean a thing. But with the right diet, his defences against disease and disorders are infinitely stronger than a dog whose owner does not put much thought into an eating plan.

2. Mix it up

For the most part, pre packaged food will help you cover all of the major nutritional requirements that a healthy, fairly young dog has. But sadly, this is where many owners trip up simply because of the ease of the decision; Most caring dog owners think that the major choice is between dry and moist food, when in reality the best diet you can provide your dog is one varied in ingredients, textures, and nutritional value.

Wolves in the wild were carnivores, and that instinct remains still with our modern day dog; They continue to hunt prey (poor Kitty), love sausage flavoured treats, and adore the great treat they get when crunching on a bone. Those varied elements should give you a little bit of insight into how diverse your dogs diet can be.

3. Move beyond meat.

Building some portion of his diet from meat gives you many of the crucial nutrients he needs for energy and growth, but he also needs fiber and carbohydrates to aid in digestion and stability.

You could throw down a bowl of dry food every day and maybe give him a treat of moist food once a month, but how would you like it if the tables were turned and he insisted on feeding you pancakes every day for the rest of your life? Not such a sunny outlook, is it?

4. Make it a real meal.

Listen, nobody ever said you had to rely on a bag or can of food to feed your dog. You cook for your family all the time. Well how about your dog, does he or she not deserve similar treatment? Most owners say they would love to cook for their pups but just do not know where to start, and that is where I can make some further suggestions.

There are a number of books available which offer very mouth watering recipes for dogs, and they have some great suggestions. Simply do a search for Dog Recipes, and you will be surprised at what you get.

5. Give him some green.

Your dog needs a well balanced diet, and the best way to accomplish that is through a wide variety of ingredients. Did you know that many dogs love veggies? In fact, if your dog likes to nibble on grass, he may appreciate some of the veggie oriented recipes. Give it a shot and see what you, and your dog, think.

After all, the worst that could happen is an improvement in your Best Friends health!

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