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2Feb 2019

If you want your dog to be healthy and stay healthy, you have to pay attention to what it eats. Most people turn to canned foods when they want to feed their dogs because it is easily accessible and it does not require any cooking or preparation.

However, a lot of canned foods are questionable and may not supply the dog with the appropriate nutrition.

The following are nutritional requirements for dogs and some of their sources:

  1. High-quality protein – meat, dairy, egg, seafood
  2. Carbohydrate – Grains, Beans, Vegetable
  3. Fat – Meat, Oil
  4. Calcium – Milk, crushed or powdered egg shells
  5. Fatty Acids – Oatmeal, cooked egg yolk, plant oils

Your dog is part of your family so you should ensure it gets exactly what it needs in its diet just like you do for the other members of your family.

However, you should never include any of the following into your dog food: peppers, beer, pomegranate, chocolate, nuts, garlic, gum, grapes, avocado, shrimp, onions, walnuts, almonds, marshmallow and mushroom.

 

Here are five easy tricks to make delicious homemade dog food:

  1. Meat and other animal products should be half of the diet:
  2. Fifty percent of dog food should contain:

    • Boneless Meat: This includes red meat and poultry
    • Organs: This should be about five percent of animal products.
    • Fish: This should be one ounce per pound of meat, but ensure you feed your dog cooked fish.
    • Dairy: This is a good source of protein and calcium; however you should limit any type of cheese that is not cottage and ricotta cheese.
    • Eggs: A big dog can have a whole egg per day.
  3. Vegetables and Grains:
  4. These are essential for providing carbohydrate calories and a lot of other essential nutrients. They should make up a very high proportion of the other fifty percent of dog food. Below are some vegetables that are good for dogs:

    • Starchy Vegetables: Potatoes, beans, and pumpkins supply carbohydrate calories that are very food for dogs, especially active dogs. However, they must not be fed to them raw and they should be limited for overweight dogs.
    • Leafy Vegetables: They can be fed in any desired quantity.
    • Grains: Oatmeal, pasta, brown rice, quinoa, and barley are good grains for dogs. However, they must be well cooked.
  5. Calcium:
  6. Dog food should contain about 1000 mg calcium per pound of food. Some calcium rich foods that are you can feed your dogs are Kale, tofu, rice (not white rice), edamame, sesame seeds, broccoli, almond, and soy milk.

  7. Oils:
  8. Add fish oil or cod liver oil to their diet on days you don’t feed fish or on days you don’t feed too much fish.

  9. Vitamins and minerals:
  10. To ensure your homemade diet can supply adequate vitamins and minerals, you can add supplements to their food.

24Jan 2019

What you feed your dog determines how healthy it will be. High quality food containing all the essential nutrients that your dog needs is key for good growth and to maintain his health or wellness. People who love their dog feed their dog good food, but many people do not know the nutritional requirements for dogs of different breeds are quite different.

For example, a large-breed dog and a very active dog need more calories than a dog who is not a large-breed dog or a dog who is not very active.

There are a lot of dog breeds out there and the only similarity dogs of different breeds have is that they are all dogs; every other thing about them is different: they are different in color, height, hairiness, size, length, temperament, and sound. However, because differences in nutritional requirement for dogs of different breeds is not as obvious as the other differences, people do not see it as a thing to consider.

This is true to some extent because the basic nutritional requirement for all dogs are the same; however there are some differences that are worthy of note.

Although dogs need fat for energy, the major nutrition their body needs to survive is from animal-protein (poultry, eggs, fish, and meat); this is because dogs evolved from the Wild Wolf. Dogs do not have specific requirement for carbohydrate; feeding them carbohydrate (plant products) can be detrimental to their health. They can derive most of their nutrition from animal-based products.

An adult dog needs a diet containing at least 18 percent protein and puppies need at least 22 percent protein. For small-breed and working breed dogs, fat plays a particularly important role because it supplies the high energy (calories) that they need. They may also need protein to maintain their lean muscle mass.

Below are some of the things to consider when preparing or buying the food to feed your dog:

1. Dogs that are very active like the Australian Shepherds need a high-protein and high-calorie diet, for example they need foods that are 30 percent protein and 12 percent fat.

2. Dogs that lie down all day do not need as much protein and calorie as the dogs that are very active.

3. Large-breed dogs need less calories than small-breed dogs.

4. Small-breed need more calories than large-breed dogs

5. Some breeds have food allergies so you should avoid feeding them any food they are allergic to. For example, the Labradoodle is a cross between the Labrador Retriever and the poodle, both of which have a high risk for food allergies. You should not feed your labradoodle foods made with corn, soy, and wheat; it is advisable to feed them grain-free foods.

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