Feeding Your Dog

 

This resource was provided to Pet Guardian Angels of America by Cary Teller

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Your Pet’s Diet

Dog lovers are often very kind people. We share our home with our animal friends. But sharing our favorite food with them is a problem. Many foods that humans digest well, such as fruits and vegetables, can harm the dog’s body and cause serious health problems. On the other hand, some food that people eat can be introduced into the dog’s diet and may even bring health benefits such as joint strength, better breathing, allergic immunity. Of course, is it wrong to share our favorite food with us? Generally, yes. A variety of foods, such as fruits and vegetables that are beneficial to the food itself, can cause serious health problems.

To cut down on begging, feed the dog before you eat. Then, you will not be tempted to feed them human food that may damage their health.  Teach the simple phrase “All done!” to prevent the dog from begging at the table, and be consistent, so that they learn only to ask for dog food, not human food.

Dog Food Options

Do not feed your dog your human food or pour the remaining lasagna, rolls or chips into your dog bowl. The junk food that is harmful to us is not good for our dogs. The puppy’s digestive system does not shift well from normal rough food to the food of many people. “If you eat only bread and water, and someone gives you a steak, it will bother you,” said British Columbia veterinarian Grant Nixon, a co-author of Better Food for Dogs . The best advice about feeding your dog is to give your dog the highest quality dog food you can buy. There is no difference in nutrition labeling between high quality food and low budget food; they find them in the quality and source of the ingredients. The two dog foods may each contain 27% protein, but they differ considerably in their digestibility.

Dog Food Nutrition

Choose high quality food (for dogs, low quality food produces more waste, causes digestive roblems, and may eventually become more expensive in terms of veterinarian bills). It is important to know more about your dog’s weight and the ideal weight for your particular breed. If you do not know the dog’s ideal weight, you can always consult a veterinarian. The next step is to determine your dog’s activity level and remember to consider all variables (sports level, age etc) and additional calorie intake such as snacks. The starting amount of food can be adjusted accordingly. A veterinarian will recommend you feed your dog high quality commercial dog food from a pet shop.

Follow the feeding instructions on the back of the pack and ensure that your dog eats properly. Focus on the list of ingredients. They are listed from the largest to the smallest. The first ingredient should be animal protein, such as chickens, beef, and lamb. You want to give your dog a “perfect and balanced” food, and you follow the AAFCO standard to ensure that your dog gets all the nutrients he needs In order to rely on the manufacturer. The FDA’s role is to ensure that your pet food is eaten safely, is free of contaminants, and is truly labeled. Look for options such as ,Ultimate Pet Nutrition on Facebook. The Cornucopia Institute is a public interest group
that researches and studies agriculture and food issues, and has created a new report on pet
food. In this report, they explain how regulatory loopholes allow you to use ingredients that your dog may not want to eat. If you were eating your dog’s commercial pet food, you might
endanger his or her health. Cheap supermarket pet food is usually made up of the parts of
animals that the USDA inspectors consider unsuitable for human consumption. Some dog
parents are giving their dogs a healthy, meatless diet. There are a few vegetarian options. Make sure to heed the advice of your veterinarian, however.

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