You are the one who takes care of your dog and you sure want the best for him. Much of the health of your pet depends on the food you eat, but with so many food options on the market, how to choose the most suitable for your dog? There are some simple guidelines to help you make the decision to choose your pet’s food. While there is no “best” dog food, there are definitely some better than others in terms of nutrition.
Determine the nutritional needs of your dog
Take into account your pet’s age and activity level.
Your pet’s energy and nutritional needs are based on several factors, including: growth, activity, reproductive status and age. The pet food is oriented to feed during certain stages of the animal’s life. A growing puppy will need more calories than an adult pet. A pregnant or lactating dog will also need more calories than its sterilized or neutered counterpart. You can find more info about that by visiting www.petsexpert.co.uk .
Determine the nutritional requirements of your dog
You should think about the caloric needs of your pet, but also remember that these calories should not come only from one type of nutrient (such as only proteins or only carbohydrates). For example, proteins that provide 20 to 25% of calories are sufficient for healthy dogs, whether they are growing or not.
• To know if your pet maintains a healthy physical condition, you must be able to see its waist and easily feel its ribs with the palm of your hand. These are signs that you are in good physical condition. If your pet is heavier than it should be, reduce the calories by 10 to 25% for 1 month and then perform another evaluation. If it seems very thin, increase the calories by 10 to 25% and see what happens. Level the amount supplied once your dog has reached the desired physical condition.
• If you give a lot of calories to your dog, it will store the excess in its body, whether they (the calories) come from fats, proteins or carbohydrates.
Dogs can develop pancreatitis if they have high levels of fat (and sometimes protein) in their diet. Fat is a form of concentrated energy. A dry dog food with low fat content has 6 to 8% fat, while a diet richer in fat can reach up to 18% fat.
Talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s diet
See what advice you can give based on the current health of your pet. If the animal suffers from a particular disease that is affected by diet (diabetes, kidney disease, pancreatitis, food allergy, etc.), your veterinarian will give you some options and develop a plan for your pet.
• Check with your veterinarian if you are concerned about chronic diarrhea or skin conditions that could be linked to food allergies. Diarrhea in dogs could have multiple causes (such as internal parasites and bacterial infections), but food is definitely a great possibility.
• Occasional diarrhea that corrects itself in a pet that behaves and eats normally in general is not a cause for concern. However, a pet with chronic episodes of diarrhea that does not go away or is accompanied by other clinical signs (such as lethargy and decreased appetite) should be examined and part of the treatment of these cases may be a change in diet. Chronic itching on the skin that apparently does not change with the seasons could be related to a food allergy.
There are commercially prepared diets or the recommended dietary formula may require the help of a nutritionist veterinarian.