Help keep your dog at his best by giving him premium dog food. Your dog’s nutrition is vital to his well-being. What and how much you feed your dog are important considerations in proper dog care.
What you feed your dog and how much you give him depend on his weight, age, breed, and activity level.
You should also consider your preferences as a pet owner as well as product convenience and affordability.
The good news is that premium dog foods are balanced nutritionally, offer feeding guidelines, and the selection available meets most human needs as well.
It is better to stick with a well-known premium dog food for a couple of reasons.
First, the food is probably fresher due to a higher turnover in inventory.
Second, companies that are well-known tend to spend a lot of effort in research to provide your pets with the most beneficial nutrients for their bodies.
Not all premium dog food is available at your local supermarket. I recommend shopping online at Chewy.com where you will find twenty brand name premium dog foods such as….
- Hill’s Science Diet
- Natural Balance
- Bil Jac
- Royal Canin
- Pro Plan
- Purina One
- Nature’s Recipe
You’ll also be able to find supermarket brands such as Pedigree, Beneful, Mighty Dog, and Ceaser.
Dog nutrition is based on the same nutrients as human nutrition. The dog diet consists of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals.
Dogs need to eat enough to fuel their energy needs without storing harmful excess weight.
(Yes – some dogs are overweight. We’ll talk more about that later.)
Dogs do not generally need additional vitamin or mineral supplementation unless directed by a veterinarian for a health condition. A veterinarian can help you choose a healthy dog food as well as any required supplements.
Some dogs are rather picky eaters – others will eat anything. Dogs are somewhat like children when it comes to eating. They need a “parent” to help them make healthy choices.
Another thing to remember when considering dog nutrition is his keen sense of smell. His nose works harder than his eyesight or taste. Find him a dog food with a strong smell. It’s definitely more appealing to him.
Why Choose a Dry Premium Dog Food?
Find a nutritionally balanced premium dry dog food that he will eat.
Small breed dogs sometimes appear uninterested in their dry food. Are the nuggets too large and difficult for him to chew?
Try a bag with small kibbles. You might be surprised at how willingly he eats the same brand of food.
Dry dog food offers a couple of advantages over wet foods. It has a longer storage life after opening the package. The nuggets help clean tarter on your dog’s teeth.
You can keep a dry food in Fido’s dish, so he can easily eat throughout the day. It’s generally less expensive than wet foods, and your dog will probably have less of a tendency to overeat.
Why Choose Canned Premium Dog Food?
Wet dog food is a good choice for supplementing a dry dog food base. What do I mean by this? There’s nothing wrong with wet food.
Your dog will absolutely go nuts when you open the can and he smells the aroma. A good strategy is to mix a little on top of the dry dog food for picky eaters or give it to him as an occasional treat.
Why Choose a Raw Base Premium Dog Food?
Many pet owners believe that the best diet for their dog is a natural diet made in their own kitchen with raw meat, bones, vegetables, and rice or potatoes. If you choose this type of feeding, it is imperative that you understand your dog’s nutrient requirements.
May I suggest that you check out the dog food products made by Honest Kitchen. You can find their products at Amazon.com. This dog food is made with human food grade ingredients and was designed as a base for a raw food diet.
The food is slowly dehydrated, sealing in the nutrients and making storage (and travel) convenient. A four pound container makes 16 pounds of fresh food. That’s a lot of food for a small breed dog!
Please Control What Your Dog Eats!
One final guideline for proper dog nutrition: control what your dog eats.
That sounds simple enough! Well, it’s is not that simple for some dog owners.
When you’re eating dinner, do you give your dog scraps?
When you’re in the refrigerator, do you pull out snacks for both of you?
How many doggie treats have you spoiled him with today?
Limit human food to fresh vegetables that help clean the dog’s teeth and freshen breath. Did you know dogs love carrots?
Limit how many “cookies” your little darling gets throughout the day. Too many snacks start packing on the weight. And too much people food can cause an upset digestive system or other health concerns.
As we mentioned before, proper nutrition for your dog is unique. Your dog’s breed, size, current weight, health, and activity level impact his nutritional requirements.
Once you have a nutritional plan established, watch you dog’s health and habits to make adjustments as necessary to the type and amount of dog food you give him.
If he does not have a clearly defined abdomen when looking at his profile or you can’t see his waistline when you’re looking over him, he is probably overweight. If you can see clearly defined ribs, he may be underweight.
Changes in his stool, dry skin, hair loss or an upset stomach may also be indications that he needs a change in his food. He may need to transition from a supermarket brand to a premium dog food.
Make adjustments as necessary and consult your veterinarian for more information on how to take care of a dog with special needs.