A happy dog on the inside is a happy dog on the outside, so what do you know about dog food and specifically what it contains. Chances are not a lot, as there is not a lot of information published from suppliers and producers as to what sources the dog food comes from and what it contains (although a good producer and supplier will never shy away from sharing this information). If this was food for human consumption, of course you would want to know everything, especially where it was sourced from and what chemicals it might contain.
4 Top Tips for Keeping Your Dog Healthy
To keep your dog healthy you need to have information on how to do facts about probiotics and how to implement it as dogs have both good and bad bacteria in the their stomachs (the same as humans). So their food needs to compliment how their stomach works at the same time as providing them with a filling and nutritious meal. Giving your dog food that has been developed by vets and that is as close to their “wild” diet as possible is going to be beneficial to them in the long term.
- Cut down on fatty human treats. Scraps and leftovers can be OK for dogs to consume on rare occasions and in small quantities, but there are lots of foods that can be dangerous and potentially fatal if consumed by dogs including the well-known grapes and chocolate. So, it is better to be safe than sorry and just leave your food off your dog’s plate.
- Regular and varied exercise. A daily walk is always beneficial for your dog and their welfare, as is a run (off lead) if safe to do so. It is also fun to play throw, catch and retrieve with your dog with a toy or ball as this mimics their natural hunt and kill drive. Something a bit different, which you may find enjoyable doing with your dog, is an obstacle course. Setting up obstacles and tunnels for your dog to wander through, around and over can add a bit of fun to their day and yours too!
- Feed your dog a balanced diet of both wet and dry food if possible. Ensure you read the ingredients to make sure the food is high in protein and goodness, and has a rich meat content and that it is of course free from rubbish ingredients such as “ash”.
- Eradicate fake bones from their diet and rawhides. The tanning that is used in these products is often poisonous to dogs and can lead to death in some cases, so give them natural bones where you can and of course always supervise them with any treat you give to them.
As with everything moderation is recommended and a healthy balance of daily exercise and good food (as well as regular vet checks) will ensure that your dog is happy and healthy for many years to come.