Diet is a Dog’s Best Medicine

January 2, 2010

in Cats

As pet owners, our primary responsibility to make sure we are doing our part to keep our pets healthy. Sometimes that is not such an easy task. Diet is a main source of their health but with so many different types of food available, how do we know what’s best for our pet?

Dog, like humans have needs where their diet is concerned. But also like humans, some might need more or less of certain things so it’s always best to check with your vet once you decide on a certain diet. With dogs having a major part in our family’s lives, we need to make sure we provide the proper nutritional needs.

Dogs diet needs to consist of not only meats because they are carnivores, but they also need a daily allowance of vegetables and grasses. Knowing what your dogs needs are can help you keep them healthy. After all, they are part of the family right?

Before we got involved in a dogs diet by providing them with these prepackaged foods, they were left up to their own devices. Their diets consisted of prey they caught and ate raw, fruits and berries of the season and grasses. In today’s day, we are crazy when our dogs are running after something and the thought of them killing another animal is not what we like to think of.

In today’s society, the thought of our domestic dogs even acting like they are going to get their own dinner sends shivers up our spines. Being born hunters, it’s hard for us to see them any other way then our furry little friends. However, over time we have trained dogs to depend on us for their food.

What many of us might not realize is that a dogs diet can also depend on the breed. Where the breed has originated from can dictate what type of diet works best for them. A dog bred from a breed common to the North Pole will have different dietary needs than a hunting dog or working farm dog.

While traditional commercial foods are good, try to stick with the premium brands. These foods are tested on “feeding trails” and the dogs are monitored throughout all stages of their lives. Typically these foods are designed with the right dietary needs met.

Some of the downsides to commercial processed foods are that they do contain preservatives that will break down some of the nutritional value of the food. Additives are usually added to meet certain nutritional requirements as well. If you are uncertain about the food, your vet will usually carry good premium brands so check with them.

One important fact to remember is that your dogs diet needs to be supplemented with vegetables and meats. In addition to diet, dogs need exercise as well as socialization. Our dogs are truly an addition to our family and they should be treated as such.

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