Do you really know everything there is to know about your dog’s nutritional requirements? When it comes to food, many pet owners believe they are doing what is best for their pets, but in truth, they rely more on instinct than science. Even when it comes to your dog’s nutrition, it’s not a guessing game. Consider this: if you were solely allowed to eat what you wanted and had no idea what your body required to function, would you consume 5 servings of fruits and vegetables or would you head straight for the Ding Dong case at the supermarket?
Make sure you’ve covered all of your bases.
The diet of a dog can be as complicated as that of any person (even yours! ), and it’s critical that you, as the owner, cover all of the key nutritional elements. A lack of key vitamins and nutrients can cause unsettled stomachs, excessively dry or oily skin, brittle bones, weight problems, and, in the worst-case scenario, death. A well-balanced and nutritious food is the foundation of your dog’s overall health; if he doesn’t get the right mix of nutrients, even the best treatment won’t help. His defenses against disease and disorders are immensely greater with the appropriate diet than a dog whose owner hasn’t given any thought to an eating plan.
Change it up!
Pre-packaged food will, for the most part, help you meet all of a healthy, relatively young dog’s nutritional needs. Many dog owners make the mistake of thinking that the main choice is between dry and moist food, but in reality, the ideal diet you can provide their dog is one that is diversified in ingredients, textures, and nutritional content. Wolves were carnivores, and that instinct is still there in our modern-day dog. They continue to chase animals (poor Kitty), enjoy sausage-flavored goodies, and enjoy the satisfying crunch of a bone. Those many components should give you some idea of how varied your dog’s diet can be.
Don’t limit yourself to meat.
Meat provides many of the essential elements he requires for energy and growth, but he also requires fiber and carbohydrates to facilitate digestion and maintain his weight. You could give him a bowl of dry food every day and a “reward” of moist food once a month, but how would you feel if he insisted on feeding you pancakes every day for the rest of your life? Isn’t that a gloomy outlook?
Make it a full-fledged meal.
Nobody ever said you had to feed your dog from a bag or a can of food. You frequently prepare meals for your family. Isn’t your dog deserving of the same treatment? The majority of owners say they’d like to cook for their dogs but aren’t sure where to begin, which is where I come in. With just one fast glance through my new book, 180 Delicious Gourmet Dog Recipes, you can help meet all of your dog’s nutritional demands as well as his taste preferences. I know you’re busy, and you hardly have time to prepare a nice meal for your family. That’s why you’ll enjoy this book: in addition to typical dog chow and cookies, I’ve included other recipes that are healthful and delicious enough for you, your dog, and your family. It’s normal to be dubious; after all, I never imagined developing meals that I could readily share with my dogs! Biscotti, muffins, omelettes, supper mints, and even sushi are too tempting to pass up.
Give him some of that green stuff.
Your dog requires a well-balanced diet, which can best be achieved by using a variety of foods. Did you know that a lot of dogs enjoy eating vegetables? In fact, if your dog enjoys chewing on grass, he could enjoy some of the cookbook’s veggie-focused meals. Give it a try and let us know what you and your dog think. After all, the worst that might happen is that your dog’s health improves!