Nutrition Guidelines for the Healthy Dog

Hello Dog Lovers!

It’s a comforting feeling to know that we have a healthy dog. Its pleasing appearance, shiny coat, movement and temperament appropriate to its breed  – these are desirable for every dog owner, right? Yes, but how we achieve this state? In the following, I try to review the most important things should have been paying attention for feeding our favorite from already its puppy age.

Let’s Begin With the What?

Healthy-dog-food Firstly, you, the owner, should ensure the correct balanced foods for your canine day by day. The possible and necessary considerations are various carbohydrates, fats and protein for getting a healthy dog. Eating a suitable-balanced meal assures an extended and blissful life, an attractive appearance, and plenty of energy.

Not all individuals are aware of the right balance for their dog’s nutrition. The generally accepted rule contains the next element rates:

– carbohydrates:     40-60%
– fats:                     20-35%
– protein:                 2-25%

Minerals and vitamins may be further elements with along those important basics. It’s a generally common thing that the needs of people and the dogs are different. An absolutely necessary need is the B1 vitamin. That is one what canines don’t store well within their bodies and isn’t present in dog food frequently.

It is vital to realize, feeding your four-legged friend with lean meat merely isn’t going to help them match their requirements. Why? The dogs in the wild eat all parties of their prey. They get everything they need this way. In the case of our tamed dogs, it’s the dog owner’s responsibility to approach this state as much as possible.

Due to many committed producers, we can achieve the broad scale of dog foods on the market. So, everyone can find the right dog nutrition matches to their dog’s psychics and age. You just have to listen to the advice of the breeder and your veterinarian. And, needs to pay attention to the components indicating on the dog food label.

How much?

The amount of food required depends on the breed, the age, the maintenance conditions (indoor or outdoor), metabolic efficiency, health status, being intact or not, moving habit and such. You can determine the dose according to the dosing instructions or the veterinary opinion.

As you see your dog gain weight or lose, modify depending on that, but only gradually. Of course, if our dog moves more one day, we may increase the dose slightly. If moving is less than normal, then we can decrease the portion.

Anyway, our dog should be more lean than fat, especially young dogs. Namely, with overfeeding we can damage their whole life. That can destroy the skeletal system, joints – even providing the best quality of food. And your dream of a healthy dog will not be achieved.

How many times?

If I have a puppy, I start to provide solid puppy foods (besides the breast) at approx. four weeks of age. Ideally, the separation from the mother of the puppies occurs at 8 to 12 weeks of age. I give food to them four times a day in this period.

As the puppy reaches its 3-6 months of age, I use to move on with meals to three times daily. Once the change of teeth is completed (usually at six months of age) I can switch to a twice feed daily. I introduce the single daily feeding in case of small dog breed at their 12, and large-bodied type at 15 months of age.

Besides foods, our dogs always need fresh drinking water. This is valid also in case our canines are living outdoors. In winter I provide lukewarm water at least twice a day.

TIP: If you have to leave alone your dog for hours, put a few drops of edible oil into the water. That will delay the entire freeze of the water in winter.

Feeding Time to Get  a Healthy Dog

Healthy-dog-jaw The predators feed in the nature haphazardly. That’s because it rarely occurs that their hunt is successful every day, or find enough dead animal. It’s frequent they get nothing for their efforts. Therefore, it’s not necessary to feed our dog at the same minute, sufficient to keep the time within the hour.

In case of pups, I use to hold roughly equal intervals between feedings. Having adult dogs, I use to keep a fasting day weekly. That’s because their predator stomach – which specializes in irregular meals – should get relaxed time.

The food wasn’t consumed I never leave in front of my dog (even if it’s weak or sick). I use to offer the food to him again at the next feeding time (if remained eatable). This is to avoid becoming a finicky dog or associate other behavioral problems with the meal.

Anyway, the food has a chance to go wrong if you left it in such a hot summer. If you allow your canine to consume that deteriorated meal, you may face with indigestion and an unnecessary vet bill.

Dietary Cure

A healthy dog – having predator ancestors – grabs every opportunity to eat. Its instincts dictate that he should reserve, because “who knows what will (or will not) be tomorrow.” However, we – their owners – know that we provide the right amount of food every day. So it is not necessary to stock up.

Ideally, under the dog’s skin, the ribs are easily palpable even on the spine as well. The exceptions to these are outdoor dogs during the winter, but they don’t need several inches of thick fat layer as well. Obese dog also has a risk like humans: joint problems, circulatory disorders, diabetes, etc. That comes with a total loss in quality of life, and the life expectancy is shortened.

One of the most important things is to stop snacking! In most cases, the weight loss has started already from that. You can reduce the daily nutrient intake depending upon the degree of obesity. You may replace the amount with grated or blended vegetables and fruits. That way, your dog doesn’t feel that the nutrient reduced, so their system should “reserve.”

Just like in humans, it is important to move our dog more to rev its metabolism. I believe that lasting results can be achieved only with lifestyle change. So instead of snacking, rather I take our dog for a walk, play and deal with her more. That will result in a much happier, more balanced doggie with whom the life is a joy.

P.S.: Are you familiar with the principles to keep your dog healthy? What’s your experience in this respect? Did you know that the comment section is perfect to share your thoughts? Act now!

All the best,

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow is a nature enthusiastic for more than seven decades. He was writing nearly 400 articles, reports so far about how to live with your dogs harmoniously.
Alex Sparrow