Important Basics of Nutrition for Dogs:

Look for good sources of digestible protein on the label. This includes chicken, beef, lamb, egg, organ meat, fish, and grains. Unless you see these ingredients on the label, don’t trust the marketing jargon.

Read Labels Carefully:

Unfortunately, dog food companies take advantage of lax guidelines. Just because a label reads “high protein” doesn’t mean it’s good for your dog. Always be sure to check the ingredients. The protein content can be made up of cheap alternatives such as hide or hooves. These are not considered healthy protein sources as they cannot be broken down into amino acids.

Keep a Regular Feeding Schedule:

Building a habit of feeding your dog on daily routine is good for two main reasons. Once they get used to regular intervals, it can help you identify health issues. When a dog misses their eating window, that is sign something might be off. Check your pet’s health to see what is causing this disappearance of appetite.

The amount of food and number a times a dog should eat is dependent on their age and size. Typically, this will be two to three times a day. For puppies and smaller dogs, this can be more. The important thing is to keep it consistent as this helps build discipline. It will teach your dog to eat at appropriate times for good health, and not just whenever they feel like it.

Meat-based Diet:

Meat-based dog foods tend to be a better choice. They contain high amounts of protein and fat which are essential for their diet. High quality meat also means your dog won’t have to eat as much to get the nutrients they need. Also, compared to grain diets you should see healthier bowel movement.

Feeding dogs vegetable and grain-based treats is fine. Just confirm the ingredients are providing the right kind of vitamins and minerals. Don’t over feed your dog treats, or use them as a substitute for daily meals.

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