Have You Ever Considered What Type Of Food is Really Right For Your Dog?

PetCult-Blog-8-18-21

When choosing the best diet for your dog, it is important to consider a few different factors. Some of these include:

  • What does your vet recommend?
  • How much food does your dog need?
  • What kind of food does your dog like?
  • Which foods should be avoided altogether?

Dogs are meant to be mostly carnivores; however, most dogs consume an omnivorous diet. This means that your dog should be consuming things like cooked meat, raw meat, fish, vegetables, and rice. If you prefer to feed your dog kibble or pre-packaged food, you should ensure the ingredients are similar to those listed above. 

One dog diet that’s gaining popularity is the raw meat diet. Pursuing this for your dog requires a few important considerations:

  • Choose human-grade meat (avoid meat or bone products that contain preservatives)
  • Practice good food hygiene to avoid giving you or your dog salmonella or other food-borne bacterial infections
  • Consulate your vet about whether this diet is right for you dog. Ask a veterinary nutritionist to formulate the diet for you. 
  • Avoid cooked bones or meat pre-marinated with sauces or spices
  • Consider bulking out your dog’s raw meat diet with vegetable such a pumpkin or carrot 
  • Never let your dog chew a cooked bone, as it can splinter and lead to fatal injuries

No matter what kind of diet you choose to feed your dog, be sure to provide them with the right portion sizes based on their size, breed, and age. It is important to never overfeed or underfeed your dog. Obesity in dogs is linked to a shorter lifespan and preventable diseases. You should also always ensure that your dog is well-hydrated. Their water bowl should always be filled up and changed daily. 

Just as there are foods should be incorporated into your pet’s diet, there are also foods that should be fiercely avoided. Not everything that is safe for people to eat is safe for your pet to eat. Here are some of the most common household foods that you’ll need to protect your dog from:

  • Chocolate 
  • Onions and garlic (cause oxidative damage that can lead to rupturing red blood cells and anemia)
  • Citrus, i.e. lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, etc. (can cause diarrhea and vomiting)
  • Milk (many dogs are lactose intolerant)
  • Coconut, including coconut oil and coconut water (contains oils that can cause stomach pain)
  • Raw yeast dough (small bits of cooked break is fine, but raw dough is not)
  • Fatty foods (lead to obesity and pancreatitis)
  • Sausage and other manufactured meat (contain toxic sulphite preservatives)
  • Other foods considered toxic to dogs includes alcohol, coffee or caffeine products, spoiled foods, avocado, grapes and raisins, currants, nuts, fruit pits, corncobs, green unripe tomatoes, mushrooms, and cooked bones.

Source: https://www.rspcapetinsurance.org.au/pet-care/dog-care/what-should-feed-dog

 

D.Thompson

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