Feeding your Dog Responsibly

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Welcome back to the Café

Here is some advice I shared with a family this week.

I hope you find it helpful.

Feeding your Dog Responsibly


You just added a new member to your family!

But you may not know where to begin to feed your dog correctly.

Let us go through some basics to help you feed your dog responsibly.

My first advice is to Read Labels

When selecting dog food, reach for good nutritious and balanced food. You will determine if the food is what you need by reading the label. When reading the ingredients on the label, be sure to do your homework. Keep in mind that most dog foods list their first ingredient as whole meal. Good as this sounds, this tells you that the meat has a high percentage of water and is less nutritious.

You will also notice labels that contain chicken and chicken meal. Opt for the chicken meal as this means it has been baked to remove bacteria and toxins.  

When you feed your dog the best you can, they are more apt to be healthy and happy. When you feed your dog low-quality food, your dog may become sickly. The dog may stop being playful and will become lethargic.

It is best if you do not go cheap with your dog’s food.

When you spend a little more on your dog food, you are getting a superior product, and isn’t your dog worth it? Knowing you are buying the best to feed your dog for his best health is its own reward. Your dog will look great and be happy. Having a happy and healthy dog is what every dog owner wants.

Dog food ingredients are essential to pay attention to. Many dog food manufacturers count on you purchasing your dog food at the local store or grocer because this is so convenient. Most people like to pick up their dog food where they buy their food for the family each week.

Some dog food manufacturers that are carried at the grocer feel they can get away with cutting corners on your dog’s good health. Don’t buy into that, or you will have a very unhealthy pet.

The most important thing to remember is to check your labels! Look for protein listed first so that you are sure to get the optimal nutrition for your dog. Avoid brands that contain multiple by-products on the list as this is inadequate nutrition and not the food you want to be feeding your beloved dog.

Chicken is a great ingredient to feed your dog but don’t be misled.

Commercial manufacturers will list chicken as both chicken and chicken meal. What are the differences between the two? The chicken meal is best because it is baked to remove the bacteria and toxins. The ingredient chicken contains some 60% water, so you are not getting your money’s worth or the most nutritious meat.

Next to continue is moisture level in dog foods. The moist dog foods are best because they contain more protein and less water when converted to dry matter.  

Premium dog foods are the best foods for your dog. They do cost more because they are of high value. Premium dog foods do not contain harmful fillers and inferior ingredients. They are both sound and nutritious. There are no colors or preservatives, so your dog will be fed nature’s finest. Understand the proper food requirements of your pet!

Remember, The better dog foods are called Premium for they contain the best of everything nutritious and healthy. You can find these types of dog foods at your Vet or specialty stores. Some grocery stores will carry some of these brands but read those labels. Cheaper dog food brands are called grocery brands and are commonly found in your corner and grocery food stores where you shop for family food.

Taurine is an excellent ingredient in some dog foods. It is an amino acid and works to benefit the dog’s heart, kidneys and blood. It works to carry essential elements to and from cells.

You should read labels carefully to see if Taurine is included in your dog’s food. Not all dog foods will have this, so keep this in mind when you select your choice of dog food.

Some foods are poisonous to your dog. Everyday table foods that you and your family enjoy, for example, can cause permanent damage to your beloved pet.

The only food you should be feeding your dog is approved foods by your Veterinarian. These come complete with sound nutrition.

 Feed your dog on a good schedule and limit the amounts. This is the best you can do for your dog, and this is a responsible dog owner’s job.

Keeping your dog’s weight down is essential for your dog to be at its best health. All of that extra weight is not healthy.

Choose dog foods according to your dog’s size, daily activity level, and health conditions. When doing this, you are doing the best you can to take proper care of your dog.

Avoid the cheaper brand dog foods as these are bad choices for your dog’s best interest and help. Your dog is an individual, so his needs won’t be the same as your neighbor’s dog.

 If you feel you must buy cheaply, keep in mind that you will purchase cheap ingredients. This includes cheap sources of protein, which you really should not be skimping on. They will consist of cheap by-products and fillers, which provide little to no nutrition for your dog.

Take your dog’s health into consideration. When you feed your dog cheaper dog food, he will not be able to maintain his good health, so be careful when selecting your dog food brand.

Congratulations if you just got a puppy for your family. Puppies have special needs. Feeding your puppy takes special consideration. Your dog will grow significantly during the first 15 months, so feeding him the optimal diet that they need is very important.

Protein is concern number one. Your puppy will require more significant amounts of protein during this time. The balance of foods must be met too. Balanced ingredients are essential to a healthy puppy!

Different breeds of dogs have additional requirements. Consult with your Veterinarian to find out which choice is best for your puppy according to breed.

Find out the suggested feeding guidelines, as well. Feeding your puppy right will mean a happy and healthy puppy, and you will enjoy your time with them as they grow and mature.

You and your dog will have many life’s challenges along the way, as well as many triumphs and joys. Give your dog the best chance for a happy and healthy life by giving them the best Nutrition.

Take all of these factors into consideration, and you will be proud to be a dog owner.

Thank you for stopping by the Café. Would you mind sharing this information with someone who could benefit from it if you found this helpful? Please also feel free to buy me a cup of coffee. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/cafeboss2503

Published by cafeboss2503

I am a Retail manager with over 30 years of experience and stories. I started as a shift manager and worked my way up to Regional Management positions. I also enjoy a good cup of Coffee.

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