Pet health: Dog nutrition
Posted on April 14, 2011 under Pet Health & Safety
Much like with cats, overfeeding has resulted in obesity in dogs and is currently one of the worst pet health problems. Before trying any new diet for your pet, be sure and talk to your veterinarian about her recommendations.
What are the best dog food choices?
According to www.pets.webmd.com, the ingredients in dog foods must meet standards set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and includes protein (amino acids), fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients. So check the dog food’s label to see its nutritional contents. There are no brands that are necessarily better than others, it’s an individual choice. Your vet may advise you on your dog’s specific pet health needs.
How often and how much?
A good staring point is the dog food label’s recommendations, but adjust the amounts to your dog’s weight, age, and activity level. Puppies, whether they’re new born puppies or a bit older, will have different needs, but it is best to feed adult dogs twice a day.
What if my dog is finicky?
Sometimes, pets will stop eating a food that they previously liked. It could be that they’re just bored with it, but it can also be a sign of illness. If you offer them something else and they show interest, it might just be time to switch food.
Some guidelines for switching a pet’s food:
•Good dog health care: Keep an eye on their eating behavior. Vomiting or refusing to eat means you should see your vet.
•Allow six to seven days to switch to a new food: This gives your dog time to adjust. Mix one-quarter of the new food in with three-quarters old food for the first two days. Gradually increase the new food by quarters.