5 Ways to Improve Your Dog’s Diet
Oftentimes, we take better care of our pets than we do ourselves. Yes, we’re all guilty of it. This is evident in how we feed our dogs. We only want the best for them, no matter the cost. Make sure you’re spending your dollars in the right direction by purchasing food and treats that your dogs need. Here’s 6 ways to improve your furry pals diet:
Understand your dog’s dietary needs
It’s fundamental that your dogs balanced diet contains the following nutritional classes: H2O, proteins, minerals, fats, vitamins and carbs. All of these nutritional classes play a vital role in your dog’s health; from their fur and nails, to their organs and heart health.
It’s important to clarify if your dog has any dietary restrictions or allergies, your vet will be able to inform you on this. Remember, EVERY dog is different. Although some dog food/treat package labels can say that they are suitable for all dogs, it’s always good to check with a specialist if you’re truly unsure. The sooner you know what your dog’s specific dietary needs are, the closer you are to finding the right food and treats for your dog.
Read the label!
A lot of times it’s difficult to know what’s in our food. Look in your fridge and pantry and you’ll find that food labels will have at least one unpronounceable ingredient in it; common ones include Maltodextrin or Monosodium Glutamate. Look for ingredients that don’t have the word “artificial” in front of it. This is a great start to finding quality food and treats that contain quality ingredients.
Ingredients rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories
As our dogs get into their senior years, it’s harder for them to be active. This can be due to many health issues that can arise including arthritis, kidney problems, and diabetes. To help prevent and minimize these health issues, you can turn to foods and treats with ingredients that are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
According to PetMD, antioxidants are beneficial because they counter the effects of damaging free radicals in the body. Free radicals can be a result of sickness, age, toxin exposure or poor nutrition. Sources of antioxidants are usually found in fresh foods:
- Bright colored fruits and vegetables
- Sweet Potatoes
- Citrus fruits
- Green Peppers
- Leafy Green Veggies
- Protein sources
Maintain proper Oral hygiene
It might be difficult to get your dog to open their mouths to inspect, but it is for the better. Every so often (once a week or so) make sure to look in your dog’s mouth to make sure everything appears alright. The presence of bacteria in your dog’s mouth from plaque build up and other issues can have a direct impact on their health. The mouth is the perfect place for all different types of harmful bacteria to grow because it is warm, moist, and there is often a significant amount of nutrients for organisms to live off.
Find a dental chew that your dog likes. Some people like to give their furry friends raw veggies to chew on like zucchinis and carrots- this helps if you want your dog on an all natural diet. This may work for some, but what if your dog is not a vegetable person? There are other naturals options available like elk antler chews, sweet potato chews and more!
Thoroughly wash your dog’s bowl.
Any bacteria or old food can stick to your dog’s bowl if not properly washed, and this can lead to sickness or a trip to the vet. To avoid harmful chemicals in dish detergent or other cleaning substances, use vinegar. White vinegar will thoroughly clean the bowl without any harmful toxins or chemicals entering your dog’s body.
Pay attention to your dog’s health to keep them living longer and happier! What do you do to keep your dog healthy?