Follow these useful but easy steps when choosing the right food for your furry friend:
When you decide to adopt or purchase a new pet you may be confused on which diet to choose (dry or wet food, raw meat, human grade food, etc.), how often it should eat and much with each meal. An adequate diet is essential to keep your dog healthy and fit.
Firstly, all dogs under 12 months of age should feed on puppy food only. Consult with your vet to pick the best kind of dog food for your pup.
Another factor to consider is if you wish to feed your dog only wet or dry food (kibble). Although a combination of both varieties is usually a good choice for your pet’s dental hygiene, some dogs have their own preferences just like humans.
As mentioned, breed, size, health level and age are all factors determining how you should feed your dog. Smaller breeds, for example have faster metabolisms which means they burn energy at a higher rate and need a higher daily calorie intake. On the other hand, larger dog breeds tend to have slower metabolisms which requires a reduced fat/high protein diet to keep their weight under control.
A dog’s activity level is another important factor to consider when choosing its diet: for example, working dogs may need specially formulated dog food while less active pets must reduce the amount of fat ingested every day.
Dogs with health conditions should follow a specific diet as provided by an experienced vet.
All dogs should be able to eat from a clean bowl to prevent bacteria from polluting their food and, they should always have access to fresh water during the day in order to remain hydrated.
There are many stages of a dog’s life during which you’ll be required to change its food or adjust the quantities. For example, when your pet is unwell or less active, pregnant, or simply if you notice signs of your pet becoming bored with the same meal every day.