The food that we eat affects our mood, skin, energy levels, and overall health. So it makes sense that the same goes for our dogs and the food that we give to them.
If we are giving our dogs the wrong kinds of good, then it can leave them feeling lethargic, sluggish, unwell, and affect their eyes, skin, nails, and fur.
So if you are a dog owner, or thinking of becoming one, then knowing the things that you should be doing, as well as the things that you shouldn’t be, can be a really good idea.
Then your dog can thrive and enjoy life. So here are some tips and tricks to help.
9 Key Things You Can Do To Create a Healthy Dog Diet
- Your dog will need constant access to water. Dogs can’t go without water as long as humans have. And if they don’t have access, it can really affect their health and could lead to serious illness quite quickly. So always having a bowl full of water for them is really key
- Your dog’s diet needs to be well-balanced, filled with all of the right vitamins and minerals, to help their bodies to grow, and to repair. So varying what you give them can be a really good idea. If you have a new pet, then it can be tricky to get it right; some trial and error, trying different brands and types of food can be a fairly long process, but getting it right is really worth it
- Adding some supplements or vitamins to your dog’s diet can be a good idea too. Just like us, adding supplements means that your dog can get extra vitamins and minerals, if they are lacking, or need more for their diet and well-being. You can get a whole range of supplements for dogs, from vitamin drops, to turmeric for dogs, as well as maca, and iron supplements. So if your dog has a particular ailment or condition, or simply doesn’t eat that much, then adding supplements to their diet could be a good way to go
- How many times should your dog be fed? It can vary from pet to pet, but at least once a day is a must. How much food to have can be a trial and error thing too, and obviously, smaller dogs are going to eat less than larger dogs. So unless your vet has told you otherwise, aim for at least once a day. Be careful not to fill your dog up with treats, though. They should only be occasional and not something that they or you rely on to make sure they’ve eaten
- If you are buying food, rather than making your own, then it is a good idea to read through the instructions on the packet. It might sound like quite an obvious statement, but if you’re a dog owner, how often have you read the packet? It will give you the right instructions so you know how much of the food that they should be having. It will vary from brand to brand, and from product type to product type. The reason for checking their recommendation is that it will mean you give the right portion size to give your dog. If you overfeed your dog, then just like when we overeat, it can lead to becoming overweight and even health issues. So be careful with how much you are feeding your dog; you don’t want to make your dog overweight
- You see in films or on TV that people will just feed their dog their leftovers from dinner under the table. But giving proper ‘human’ food to your dog doesn’t always provide the nutrition that they will need. Some foods, like onions, and chocolate, can even be harmful and poisonous to dogs. So they should be having their own food, not just what has been on your plate. Then you can be secure in the knowledge that they have got all of the goodness that they specifically need as a dog
- Some dogs are going to be more active than others. And this is important to note when it comes to the nutrition of your dog. If you are giving a small and more inactive dog like pug, lots and lots of food, they aren’t going to be burning it all off. A larger and more active dog, like a Golden Retriever, for example, will burn more calories as they are more active in everyday life. So they can eat a little more than less active dogs. Likewise, it can be detrimental to your dog to not feed them enough if they are a very active animal. That can lead to hunger, and malnutrition, which can be just as bad for your pet. So do bear this in mind, especially if you are not used to a new breed of dog
- It is important to be consistent with your dog and their meal times. We all crave a bit of routine and consistency from time to time, just like your dog will. So you need to make sure that you make mealtimes pretty much the same each day. It is also a good idea as you can monitor just how much your dog is having. If they go off their food and water, then you can more easily monitor it. If this is the case, then it could mean that they are ill and could need medical attention. So keeping a consistent routine can be a good thing in many ways
- If you do want to make your dog some treats, then they can be a fun thing to make yourself. You will know what is going in them, and it can be a fun way for the two fo you to bond. Just remember to give them sparingly, and not just give them to your pet dog for no reason.
This video has some good ideas if you do want to get into making your own dog treats:
Watch this YouTube video to help you learn how to make healthy homemade dog treats.
Have you got any extra tips or tricks to add, when it comes to feeding your dog?
It would be great to hear what you think.