Looking After Your Dog Part Five Dog Food

A balanced and nutritious diet is​ essential for your dog’s health. Though dogs have an​ inherent liking for meat-based foods,​ they can very well survive on​ a​ vegetarian diet,​ provided it’s complete with all the​ required nutrients. With an​ enormous variety of​ dog foods available,​ deciding what’s best for your dog can often be confusing.

Water is​ an​ essential component of​ a​ dog’s body,​ and your pet should have access to​ it​ at​ all times – this could prevent dehydration and overheating. as​ far as​ the​ number of​ feedings is​ concerned,​ for an​ adult dog,​ one or​ two feedings a​ day would suffice. However,​ puppies need to​ eat more frequently than an​ adult dog. Up to​ fifty percent of​ an​ adult dog’s diet may comprise of​ carbohydrates.

As for the​ food type,​ you​ could feed your dog with homemade food or​ commercial dog food. in​ general,​ commercial dog foods are available in​ three forms - dry,​ semi-moist and canned; with the​ most prevalent being dry dog foods. the​ dry form has a​ meager 10% of​ water content and should be supplemented by a​ healthy supply of​ fluids (water). Canned dog foods contain around 65% of​ water with the​ rest being dry stuff. Veterinarians don’t recommend the​ semi-moist variety,​ since it​ contains an​ awful lot of​ additives in​ the​ form of​ preservatives.

Dry dog foods are a​ proportionate blend of​ grains,​ meat-based products,​ fats,​ mineral and vitamins – all that a​ dog needs. However,​ relative to​ the​ dry variety,​ canned dog foods appear more delectable and aromatic to​ your dog. Therefore,​ when presented with a​ choice,​ your dog would certainly prefer canned dog foods. But there is​ a​ caveat – dogs that are fed a​ strict canned food diet are more likely to​ develop gum and teeth problems.

Conclusion - No matter what the​ variety of​ commercial dog food that you​ purchase,​ it​ is​ imperative that your dog’s diet adheres to​ the​ National Research Council’s guidelines on​ canine nutrition. it​ would be better still if​ the​ dog food is​ certified by the​ Association of​ American Feed Control Officials.

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