Dog Nutrition TipsUpdated: April 13, 2022
Healthy practices is one of our main responsibilities as pet parents to our dogs. It is a significant part so that they may grow happy and well.
But as they say, all dogs are different, what works well for other dogs may not be okay for your dog, putting into consideration special needs, instructions from vets, illness-related nutritional deficiencies, etc.
Also, dogs of different stages i.e. adult dogs or an older dog, have different nutritional needs that must be met.
So what exactly should you be doing to be able to provide your dog with essential nutrients and optimum health? Here, we've come up with important dog nutrition tips to help you meet your fur baby 's nutritional requirements and keep his health on top!
Say no to shelf-stable foods as a staple diet
We used to believe that shelf-stable foods provide our dogs everything but according to recent studies by research labs, they don't. These studies found out that shelf-stable foods that undergo industrial cooking processes do not have live enzymes in them. They are "dead foods" that mainly depend on synthetic supplementation to be able to meet the set nutritional standards and are not truly complete and balanced. Instead...
Introduce fresh whole foods
Fresh whole foods like bananas, watermelon, carrots, and cauliflower are packed with live enzymes (where commercial pet foods are lacking) that will be able to help put your dog's nutrition on top. Whole grain foods such as oats are also full of fiber that will help in the proper digestion and nutrient absorption in your dog.
Note: Not all fruits and vegetables are good for your dog. Research first before giving him anything.
Due to extensive cooking processes, the nutrients in the ingredients made for shelf-stable foods are destroyed and the nutrients found are just synthetic imitations form the ones that are naturally found in nature.
"They [shelf-stable foods] are "dead foods" that mainly depend on synthetic supplementation to be able to meet the set nutritional standards."
But the downside? It is expensive and not everyone can afford it. That's why...
Multivitamins are the building blocks of dog's health and as pet owners it's time to take this into consideration. Each nutrient group have different roles in your dog's body system. Quality multivitamins from Pet Parents® offer an all-around wellness - it promotes healthy skin & coat and at the same time supports hip and joint wellness, boosts the immune system, and improves your fur-baby's appetite!
Stay away from gluten
Have you ever wondered why your dog's poop and farts are smelly? It is because of gluten. It is a dried residue made from corn that is added to pet food and this is the major reason why waste products are retained by your fur-baby, damaging the kidneys and the liver.
Maintain a skin and coat care routine
Maintaining a skin care routine for your fur-baby can be a little bit of a task just like how we try our best to maintain ours.
- Regularly brush your dog's coat with the appropriate brushing tools
- Unless your dog is particularly dirty, don’t bathe more than once a month. Bathing your dog daily or every week may strip off the natural oil in your dog's coat. This can lead to dry, flaky skin and irritation.
- One of the most important factors of maintaining a good skin and coat for your dog is proper nutrition. Provide your dog with a high quality diet, paired with Pet Parents® Skin and Coat Supplements that can help keep dog's skin and coat healthy and shiny! It will reduce their dog's shedding, will help prevent itching & irritation and can even aid in hair regrowth in bald areas! If their dog has skin allergies, these supplements may help reduce itchiness and skin inflammation.
Exercise and good nutrition must always come together. Take your dog to short walks every morning for as long as 20 to 30 minutes after feeding. It is also recommended that you allot a playtime everyday as your dog also needs to be active and release energy. And with the constant running and jumping your dog does every day, giving him Pet Parents® Hip and Joint supplements daily can help in maintaining healthy joints, boosting better movements for your dog to be able to move freely even wen he ages.
"Exercise and good nutrition must always come together. Take your dog to short walks every morning for as long as 20 to 30 minutes after feeding."
There are a lot of dog nutrition tips out there but you know your dog best and you know what's best to be applied for him to continue living a happy and healthy life ahead!
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