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Pet foods

Dog foods come in a variety of types with a wide array of different ingredients. Unfortunately, many of them are created by manufacturers far more concerned about turning a profit than your pets overall health. As a responsible pet owner, by spending just a few minutes you can figure out what the best dog food is for your specific pet, and ensure to the best of your abilities that their nutritional needs are met. Read the food labels to determine whats in the food you are buying for your dog. Human food is what most dogs like best and most will beg for food as you sit to eat your meals. Many dog owners do offer their pets the occasional bite of their food. Pet dog owners need to understand that they need to play it safe when it comes to offering food to their pets.   You need to look out for what is good or bad for your pet and ensure that they stay safe and healthy. Follow a proper diet schedule and you will be able to enjoy your pet and avoid those unwanted vet bills.

Types of food

There are three main varieties of dog food:     Dry dog food     Wet dog food     Raw dog food

Which food is best?

It's very easy to be fooled into thinking you're purchasing nutritional food for your pets based solely pet food packaging or advertised claims. Check the ingredients carefully and speak to your vet for guidance. Here I would add that some Vets are now in the business of even promoting pet food for sale at their clinics. Personally I thinks while seeking information on pet foods that may be best for your pet is fine, buy the food at name brand pet stores after reading the labels. Keep in mind that just because a you are paying a higher price will not make the your purchase better than some other brands. Making pet food at home while the best option is not easy to follow for most people. When rating foods we've done a careful analysis of ingredients to gauge nutritional value.

Foods that dogs should not be given

Here is a short list of some foods that are not good for dogs. We urge all readers to speak to their vet and seek advice on proper food guide for their pets.   Sugar: Not good for dogs in any form. Check labels when buying pet treats. Chocolate: Never give your dog chocolate. It can cause frequent urination, vomiting, or diarrhea. To compound matters, chocolate can make your dog's heartbeat speed up or beat irregularly which can result in seizures or cardiac arrest. Onions: Avoid onions as they can damage red blood cells in dogs. If you are tempted to give your pet a taste of your food then make sure it does not have onions in the recipe. Grapes: Grapes can mess-up your dog's kidneys and digestive system. Caffeine Beverages:  can be toxic and affect the heart and nervous systems of your pet dog. Raw Fish: should not be feed to dogs. Make sure fish is cooked so that all bacteria are killed before feeding it to your dog. Raisins: As grapes, raisins can also mess-up your dog's kidneys and digestive system. Bones:  Don’t feed your dog bones as they can obstruct your dog’s digestive system. Milk:  Some dogs can have problems with milk products and suffer from diarrhea. If milk products are not suitable to your dog then Lactose free milk products are available for your pet. Check with your vet. Cat Food: Do not give your pet dog food that is specifically marketed for cats.  Foods for cats are usually high in protein and fat and meant for cats and not dogs.

Check Food Amount:

Don't overfeed your pet dog. Its not good for your dog as it will only make your pet obese.   Feeding your pet the proper amount of food at preset intervals is the correct way to keep your pet healthy. Needless to say a healthy pet will bring peace and joy to you and your family.  Check with your vet the amount of food your pet should be fed. Remember to take into account all those treats through out the day that you may be feeding your pet.  Dog treats: are fine from your dog’s taste point and are useful in training your pet

Supplements for dogs

It's true, believe it or not, that dog food doesn't satisfy all of your dogs nutritional needs. Much like humans, dogs require a specific nutrients. These vitamins and minerals aren't always in abundance in every dog food, and depending on the food you choose, your dog may in fact have a deficiency that can lead to serious health issues. Based on your dogs behavior and activity level, you can often identify which specific nutrient your dog is lacking in. You'll want to choose a supplement based on a few key factors: Breed  Age Health conditions (weight, illness, etc.) Current diet It's important that before you start giving your dog any supplements you consult with your vet. Each pet varies on a per animal basis, however often supplements are the cheapest, easiest way to ensure your pet has a long, healthy life.

Why Supplements?

For the same reason people need vitamins! Supplements can not only help address ailments that your dog suffers from, they can also help prevent serious health complications in the future. One of the most common supplements is glucosamine, which helps with joint lubrication for larger breeds.
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Pet foods

Human food is what most  dogs like best and most will beg for food as you sit to eat your meals. Many dog owners do offer their pets the occasional bite of their food.  Pet dog owners need to understand that they need to play it safe when it comes to offering food to their pets.   You need to look out for what is good or bad for your pet and ensure that they stay safe and healthy. Follow a proper diet schedule and you will be able to enjoy your pet and avoid those unwanted vet bills.

Foods that dogs should not

be given

Here is a short list of some foods that are not good for dogs. We urge all readers to speak to their vet and seek advice on proper food guide for their pets.   Sugar: Not good for dogs in any form. Check labels when buying pet treats. Chocolate: Never give your dog chocolate. It can cause frequent urination, vomiting, or diarrhea. To compound matters, chocolate can make your dog's heartbeat speed up or beat irregularly which can result in seizures or cardiac arrest. Onions: Avoid onions as they can damage red blood cells in dogs. If you are tempted to give your pet a taste of your food then make sure it does not have onions in the recipe. Grapes: Grapes can mess-up your dog's kidneys and digestive system. Caffeine Beverages:  can be toxic and affect the heart and nervous systems of your pet dog. Raw Fish: should not be feed to dogs. Make sure fish is cooked so that all bacteria are killed before feeding it to your dog. Raisins: As grapes, raisins can also mess-up your dog's kidneys and digestive system. Bones:  Don’t feed your dog bones as they can obstruct your dog’s digestive system. Milk:  Some dogs can have problems with milk products and suffer from diarrhea. If milk products are not suitable to your dog then Lactose free milk products are available for your pet. Check with your vet. Cat Food: Do not give your pet dog food that is specifically marketed for cats.  Foods for cats are usually high in protein and fat and meant for cats and not dogs.

Check Food Amount

Don't overfeed your pet dog. Its not good for your dog as it will only make your pet obese.   Feeding your pet the proper amount of food at preset intervals is the correct way to keep your pet healthy. Needless to say a healthy pet will bring peace and joy to you and your family.  Check with your vet the amount of food your pet should be fed. Remember to take into account all those treats through out the day that you may be feeding your pet.  Dog treats: are fine from your dog’s taste point and are useful in training your pet
Dog getting treat from woman
Puppy dog sitting on food bowl next next previous previous