How to Make Your Dog Happy and Healthy With Food
By Justin Bryce
Do you really know all there is to know about your dog’s nutritional needs?
Many dog owners think theyâ€™re doing whatâ€™s best for their dogs when it comes to food, but in reality they rely on pure instinct and more likely advertising rather than science. Nutrition should not be a guessing game, especially when it comes to your dog. Think about it â€“ if you were left to feed yourself based only on what you craved and had no knowledge of what your body needs to function, would you be eating 5 servings of fruit and veggies or would you head straight for the Sweets aisle at the super market?
With the right food comes good health. And we all know how much better we feel when we are healthy. Well the same goes for your dog. So lets look at what you need to know to have a Happy and Healthy Dog.
1. Cover all of the bases.
A dogâ€™s diet can be as complex as any humanâ€™s (including yours!), and itâ€™s 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 dogâ€™s overall health â€“ if he doesnâ€™t get the right blend of nutrients, the most impeccable care otherwise wonâ€™t mean a thing. But with the right diet, his defences against disease and disorders are infinitely stronger than a dog whose owner hasnâ€™t 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 a healthy, fairly young dog has. This where many owners trip up simply because of the ease of the decision; Most 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 where carnivores, and that instinct remains with their our modern day dog; to this day. They continue to hunt prey (poor Kitty), love sausage-flavoured treats, and adore the great crunch they get when chowing down on a bone. Those varied elements should give you a little bit of insight into how diverse your dogâ€™s 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 â€œtreatâ€ 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. Doesnâ€™t your dog deserve similar treatment? Most owners say theyâ€™d love to cook for their pups but just donâ€™t know where to start, and thatâ€™s where I come in. Now you can help fulfil all of your dogâ€™s nutritional needs as well as his taste desires with great dog recipes â€“ you can find 400+ at www.dogtreatrecipes.com.au.
I know, I know, youâ€™re busy, and thereâ€™s barely time to cook your family a proper meal. Thatâ€™s why youâ€™ll love these books â€“ in addition to covering all of the usual recipes like traditional dog chow and cookies, Iâ€™ve created several that are healthy and delicious enough for you, your dog, and your family. Being skeptical is natural; after all, I never dreamed Iâ€™d come up with recipes I could easily share with my dogs! But how can you pass up recipes like biscotti, muffins, omelettes, dinner mints, and even sushi?
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 in the cookbook. Give it a shot and see what you â€“ and your dog â€“ think. After all, the worst that could happen is an improvement in your poochâ€™s health!
The only set rule in feeding your pup is to make sure his meals satisfy the unique nutritional requirements any dog has. You don’t have to stick to the bag or the can, and you don’t have to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen. Making dishes for your dog can be a family event, and nothing expresses gratitude better than a big, sloppy, wet kiss. Our dog treat recipes feature a huge array of delectable dog treats made to please any pup… but you’ll be amazed at how many you can eat, too! It’s a great starting point for any well-rounded nutritional plan for your dog. You’ll both be happy you made the investment!
Justin Bryce is the Proprietor of http://www.dogtreatrecipes.com.au Stop by for over 400 dog treat recipes and fantastic dog health and care tips plus ways to spoil your dog.
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