A dog deserves a healthy diet, like any other living being. Every dog has preferences when it comes to food. If they have certain health conditions, this can impact the food they should be having. You must also consider their breed, size, and age.
The best dog diet should be high in protein and nutrients, like meats, fruits, and vegetables. Dry kibble and canned wet food are fine, but they tend to be highly processed. The best dog diet should include nutrient-dense, human-grade food materials. A raw dog food diet gets our vote for this very reason. This type of food can be packaged, dated, and stored until it’s ready to be taken out and devoured by your canine.
Let’s learn more about the different types of diets for your dogs. Here is what your dog should eat to maintain their health:
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Pure Kibble Diets
Kibble is bite-sized pieces of carb-dense food. You find it packing the shelves of any pet store. A pure kibble diet feeds your dog this store-bought food right out of the bag. Its nutrition is uninteresting, but kibble works.
Lots of dogs live long lives on kibble, and there are lots of brands offering balanced kibble. That said, a dog’s body isn’t designed to eat kibble exclusively. A healthier option exists.
Raw Dog Food Diets
The alternative to kibble is a raw dog food diet, complete with things like meat, fish, and fresh vegetables. Raw dog food is more whole, high in protein and nutrients, and nutritionally a better meal. Some pet owners feed their dogs exclusively raw dog food, while others blend meats and things of this nature with their daily diet plan. It’s ultimately up to the pet owner. Just be sure to practice strong food hygiene as raw food can carry bacteria.
You can make raw dog food at home. If it’s not properly stored or it goes bad, that can understandably make your dog sick when they eat it. A better approach is to go to raw dog food brands that have the food properly stored. It also comes with a clear expiry date marked across every container. This saves you the risk of making your dog sick and also saves food preparation time.
When to Avoid Raw Diets
Sometimes, raw dog food diets need to be eased into or avoided altogether. Young puppies, for example, lack the immune system to be able to handle the high amounts of bacteria raw food brings with it.
There are several dog diets, tailored to different lifestyles and health conditions. Check with your vet first if your dog also has an illness, chronic health issues, or certain medical conditions. The vet may recommend against keeping your dogs on a raw food diet.
A lot of dogs do not get enough fibre in their diet. A raw food diet is high in protein and fats sometimes. Kibble is a lot of carbohydrates. A nice treat and a way to supplement your dog’s eating is offering them either cooked pumpkin or raw carrot.
Dogs love these foods, and they’ll work to improve their bowel health and digestion. With digestion issues like constipation or diarrhea, fibre can be central to remedying it while addressing the underlying cause.
There are lots of dog-safe human-grade foods you can feed your dog in small portions. Cooked chicken or fish is high in protein and very healthy for them. Cooked plain white rice is easy to digest. Peanut butter is packed with all sorts of vitamins, healthy fats, and protein, making it the perfect puppy treat!
Other human foods to consider include plain popcorn, blueberries, bananas in moderation, cucumbers, and watermelon. These are all low-calorie snacks that can supply a dog’s body with what it needs to be healthy.
Avoid Poisonous Foods
Dogs can’t eat a lot of food. Chocolate is toxic to dogs, as are onion and garlic, which can cause so much oxidative damage that it can lead to anemia. Citrus can cause diarrhea, vomiting and depress their central nervous system.
Some dogs are lactose-intolerant. You also want to limit exposure to fatty and salty foods, which can put undue stress on a dog’s organs. Even if something isn’t toxic, if you see it negatively impact your dog’s health, digestion, or behaviour, it’s best avoided.
Like with human beings, it’s not only what you eat but also how much you eat of it. You can underfeed or overfeed a pet if you aren’t careful. According to your dog’s size, breed, and age, a vet will know how much food is best. You should feed most adult dogs once or twice a day.