Tuesday, November 6, 2012

How and what to feed your dog

You got yourself a dog and you love it already. Refrain yourself from your natural instinct towards taking care of your dog which will be, feeding it how you like to feed yourself. Sharing your food with it might sound cute, but it’s ultimately not good for your pet. You want to take care of it and when you are face with the food choices, it can get overwhelming: they all claim to be the healthiest, the freshest, dog’s favorite.  Here are some things to notice and look for in god foods:
An all-day feast
There’s an easy test to take to see if you’re planning on feeding your dog the right amount of food. Before even looking at the recommended measures, put on a bowl what you think your dog needs. That amount will most likely be twice as much as it is needed. Is like shopping for groceries when you’re hungry, you over do it. The recommended amount will range from 2 cups to four and a half. It will mainly depend on whether the food is low or high end.
As far as when and how many times a day to feed your dog, it will depend on its activity. Some people just feed their dogs once a day in the morning. Some split that portion into morning and night. Some people mix and match, they will give their dog a treat in the morning or night and serve the dog food in the opposite morning or night.

The best choice
As we said before, all of the brands will tell you something to draw you in, and most of them will claim to be the best, the healthiest, but not all of them will be telling the truth. You have to do a little bit of research and read the labels for the ingredients.
You want to avoid:
·         By-products: these are things that if you knew what they were, you wouldn’t want your dog to be eating. It can be anything from bones, lungs, hooves of slaughtered animals. Anything that is not suited for human consumption. It’s not good for your dog. It’s not instantly bad, either, but you should avoid it if you can. A way to avoid it is to see if they use the word meal, attached to other words such as beef of chicken. That’s a way to hide by-products without actually hiding them.
·         Animal fat: Calling it by this name offers you a vague concept. It is animal fat, but you don’t know where that fat came from. A diseased or disabled animal, leftovers from restaurants, etc.

Special dog, special needs
After the more obvious need of feeding puppies and adult dogs with the appropriate food,
you can also take care of your dog according to different needs. You can find “vegetarian” options. This has nothing to do with an ethical choice from the dog’s point of view! It’s just focused on those who have digestion problems, allergies, etc. You can also find low fat products and those that are made to improve fur, teeth and skin.

To spend or not to spend
When confronted with the wide variety of dog foods available, you will notice the different prices for it. It will mainly depend on the ingredients that are used to make it. You may find it difficult to spend s noticeable amount of money on your dog food, however, here’s a way to think about it: less expensive food will require you to use more cups in each feeding, more expensive foods will only require a cup or two; this way you will end up spending the same amount so you should directly go for the better food. If you buy bigger bags of the high-end food, you will find some savings there and your dog will be healthier and happier too.

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