While it’s tempting to feed your furry pal lots of treats, it’s best to feed them food that is specifically made for dogs. Feeding them table scraps means they may also be consuming more calories and fat than necessary and, if they become overweight, are at greater risk of health complications such as diabetes which is not only hurting your best friend, but a costly disease.
Generally young puppies eat three times a day and older puppies twice a day. The first year of a puppy’s life is critical – they need protein for muscle growth and organ development; calcium for growing bones and joints; and Omega fatty acids for energy and a healthy, shiny coat.
Wean your pup on to new food gradually, ideally over 7 days. Choose a puppy food that is made from quality ingredients with a high protein content to help provide the energy and protein they need, and meet their vitamin and mineral requirements. Look for a range that contains DHA, which is important for brain and vision development.
For many dogs, all food is good food! Dogs generally love to eat, but you need to make sure your pet is getting the correct balance of vital nutrients they need to live a happy, healthy life. When your dog’s digestive system is functioning smoothly, a typical meal takes 7 to 10 hours to pass through the digestive system. Check packaging and nutritional panels for ensure for a complete and balanced meal.
Wet food offers different benefits to dry food. Wet food often contains less fillers and preservatives, the nutritional quality is generally higher, and most dogs prefer the taste, so there is less spoilage. However, dry food helps to scrape plaque and tartar off your dog’s teeth and is easy to store.
Human digestive systems work differently to those of the canine family, so foods that are considered healthy for human consumption could actually be deadly for your pet. As you may have already discovered, your furry pal will try to devour virtually anything put in front of them. Unfortunately, this includes foods that can be dangerous or deadly. Here’s a just some of the foods that dogs should avoid:
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