|Nutrition and Feeding
A good diet will keep your dog looking and feeling his best. It provides your dog with the right amounts of
essential nutrients: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water. Your dog must have all
these in correct proportions to stay healthy. Dog food companies make a variety of foods for all life stages,
from puppy hood to senior citizenship.
With so many dog foods on the market, it's tough to know what's right for your dog. You can ask a breeder
or veterinarian for advice, but it's up to you to see how the food affects your dog. If your dog's energy level
is right for his breed and age, if his skin and coat are healthy, if his stools are firm and brown, and if he
seems to be in overall good health, then the food is doing its job.
Many owners prefer to feed kibble (dry), rather than soft dog food for several reasons. Crunching the hard
kibbles keeps your dog's teeth clean and exercises his jaw muscles. It also keeps the dog's stools compact
and firm, resulting in easier cleanup. If your dog prefers soft food, you can mix some in with the kibble (try
three-quarters dry with one-quarter canned). Semi-moist foods, while convenient, don't offer the nutritional
benefits of premium kibble or canned foods.
Puppies need more calories and essential nutrients than do adult dogs. Choose a food specially
formulated for puppies. Puppies under six months should get three or four meals a day. They are growing
rapidly, but their stomachs have limited capacity. After six months they can handle two to three meals a
Adult dogs should be fed according to their size and energy needs. Most adults should get two meals a
All dogs need separate food and water dishes. The bowls should be cleaned daily, and cool, fresh water
should be available at all times.
Dogs can be great beggars, but don't let yours charm you into the habit of sharing your food. Dogs'
nutritional needs are different from humans', and you're doing your dog a disservice by giving him a diet
meant for you. There are plenty of nutritious dog treats on the market, which you can feed as a part of a
dog's overall food intake. Dogs also love vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, zucchini, cauliflower, peas,
and beans, and fruits such as bananas, apples, and melon. These make great low-calorie treats.
What Not To Feed
Never give your dog chocolate. It contains the bromine, a chemical that is toxic to dogs. Also, don't feed
your dogs bones that can splinter or that have sharp edges. Large, hard bones such as knuckle and
marrow bones are fine, but parboil them to destroy harmful parasites, and take them away from your dog if
he starts to actually eat the bone rather than just chew on it.
Most ALL Brand Names have a LOW End dog food similar to
eating unhealthy fast food. SOME Brand Names have Premium
Foods. Just because one dog food works for so in so doesn't
mean it is the best dog food for your pet. "Education Paramount"
Dog Food Advisor please consider foods that are 4 star and above.
So Really Tell Me about the Dog Foods
Consumer Affairs on Dog Foods