Providing a healthy diet to your dog is essential for optimum health, stamina, strength, speed, and alertness. Just like humans too much unhealthy foods will result in weight gain causing a decrease in fitness. Whereas giving little food will result in underweight and a weakened physique and immune system.
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SEM WIGGLER | - 2 hours ago - | USA, Canada | "What to Feed Your Dog for Good Health"
The key to feeding your dog is being consistent in their meals, diet, and keeping the fats in moderation. The amount of food you give your dog should also depend on their breed because their breed will have an influence on their size, height, weight, and physical form.
You would give a more physical active hunting or security dog more food than you would a small lap dog. Here are a few things you should give to your dog no matter the breed or size:
Lean Red Meats
Giving your dog lean meat will provide them with the caloric density they need and the beneficial protein to keep them strong and active. Beef, elk, lamb, goat, veal, mutton, venison, or pork should be given with some of the fat trimmed off and with no seasoning or added oils. If you want to give your dog the same meats you will be eating that day put their share to the side and serve it raw, boiled, or cooked without salt, butter, or oils. Red meat will help them repair and build muscles especially if they are very active and spend their days protecting. Do not give them fried chicken or chicken attached to the bone as this may cause your dog to choke.
Fish is a great source of nutrition for your dog as it is filled with essential fatty acids to help keep your dog’s joints lubricated decreasing inflammation as dogs have a risk of acquiring arthritis. The omega- 3 fatty acids will also keep their fur shiny and healthy. Fish such as tuna and salmon are also a great source of protein. You want to remove any of the fish bones and serve the fish steamed, boiled, or baked without unnecessary seasonings or oils – seasonings and oils will upset your dog’s stomach and may cause diarrhea. Canned tuna, canned mackerel, and canned salmon are great options that are easy to store and serve.
Yes, your dog needs protein, but they also need a well-rounded diet that is beneficial to their overall health. Fresh vegetables like white potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, corn, broccoli, spinach, and peas should be given boiled or steamed without salt, pepper, or oils. Dogs are omnivores like humans so they can eat a wide variety of foods including vegetables. Starchy vegetables also help provide them with carbohydrates resulting in more energy to run, bark, and protect.
When you only give protein to your dog they will eventually get constipated and have an uncomfortable feeling. Feeding them moderate amounts of carbohydrates in conjunction with their protein and vegetables will result in a healthier canine. Carbohydrates such as white rice, brown rice, oats, barley, or millet should be given cooked with no seasoning or oils. Mixing their carbs with some lean protein will give your dog satisfaction and enough energy to get through their day.
Water is essential for life which is why all living things need water throughout the day to continue living. A few days of dehydration is detrimental to anyone’s health including dogs. Dogs have higher body temperatures so having their dog bowl filled with water at all times is important. You can also carry a portable dog water bottle when you step outside the house with your dog during walks, hunting, camping, or training. This is especially important during long travels, hot weather, or strenuous training sessions. Only clean water should be given. Do not give soda, juice, or alcohol to your dog as those liquids will negatively affect their health.
Dogs also deserve to have a snack every now and then or rewarded with some treats for being obedient, loyal, and attentive. Chips, cookies, chocolate, or ice-cream should not be given to dogs as it will cause digestion issues and can get them sick. Snacks such as dog treats, air-popped popcorn with no salt or butter, homemade dog biscuits, peanut butter, chopped raw carrots, and bananas. These dog snacks are all easy to store and have on hand especially during training sessions used as a reward, plus your dog will love you even more.