Most pet owners will at some point ask what types of food they should give their dogs and how they can provide them with a healthy and nutritious diet. Unlike humans, dogs are so sensitive when it comes to food. There are many food items that humans eat, but that dogs cannot. So it’s essential to know which food options are good, and which options are bad for them.
Actually, it’s not easy to prepare a healthy diet that your dog will love to eat at the same time. Also, you have to consider some foundational factors to formulate a healthy and nutritious meal, such as:
— Your dog’s size
— Your dog’s daily activities
— Your dog’s nutrient demands
— Your dog’s allergies, if there are any
Furthermore, a balanced and high-quality diet is crucial to your dog’s wellbeing. And most importantly, there’s no set formula applicable for every dog because every man’s best friend is unique and has their own unique needs.
Below is a complete guide on how to provide a healthy and balanced diet plan for your dog. Read on!
How Is Commercial Dog Food Good For Your Dogs?
Commercial dog food is an all-in-one treat for your dogs designed to meet their daily nutritional requirements. These products include vegetables, meat, grains, fruit, and vitamins. There are some good commercial dog foods are safe and nutritious options for your pets. Be sure to choose the right food from an honest company.
You also have to pick what’s right for your dog’s size and breed. Some foods are made for puppies, and some are made for adult dogs. You shouldn’t feed them with foods not appropriate for your dog’s breed requirements as this could result in problems due to lack of nutrients.
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How Much Should You Feed Your Dogs?
According to experts, puppies aged six months and below should eat three to four times a day. If they reach six months old, feeding should be adjusted to twice per day. For adult dogs, they should be fed at least one to two times per day, but this depends on their daily activities.
For example, if your dog is athletic and engages in rigorous and intense activities, he should be fed two times per day. If you’re not sure about this, it might be wise to ask your vet to know what’s best for them. This goes the same for the amount you put on their bowl, and you can start by checking the food maker’s feeding guide at the back of the packaging. And again, if you’re in doubt you can always ask your vet.
Wet Food Or Dry Food?
According to some experts, you should feed your dog wet food, such as canned dog food, because it’s healthier and contains higher amounts of protein and other nutrients compared to dry food, such as kibbles.
Can Your Dog Be A Vegetarian?
Since not all vegetables can be eaten by dogs because of reactions that may lead to various organ failures, it’ll take a lot of time and effort to make your dog vegetarian.
Vegetables lack protein, one of the essential macronutrients your dog needs to be healthy. So, if you’re going to make them a vegetarian, you should look for non-meat protein sources that they would like, such as tofu, but make sure they’re fully cooked.
Also, take an expert’s advice from your personal vet to ensure that your dog is still getting all the nutrients she needs.
How Much Water Is Enough?
According to experts, your dog should drink at least one ounce of water daily for each pound they weigh. To make sure they’re drinking enough, note the level of the bowl and check the water level the next day.
Also, make sure to refill and clean the bowl every day. This is to ensure that your dog’s water is always fresh. Moreover, you can add ice to their water during summer to refresh and calm them down when the heat is intense.
What About Table Scraps?
As much as possible, never feed your dog with food scraps because some of the food ingredients aren’t good for dogs, especially when they contain onions and garlic. Also, your food may contain a lot of fats, chicken bones, chocolate, moldy foods, a high amount of salt, or raw meat.
If you have a dog, then you’re probably thinking of going to the vet right now. That’s actually the best idea to ensure your dog’s safety, as it’s hard to create a healthy and balanced meal on your own without putting their health at risk. So don’t hesitate to ask experts for help and additional advice.
Whether it is an earthquake, a flood, or a wildfire, a natural disaster can be scary and unexpected. So preparation is the key to dealing with the unforeseen. And why not? It’s about keeping your family and pets safe.
It is essential to enlighten yourself about evacuation tips in the event of a natural disaster because most people forget to evacuate their dogs. Studies show that the pets left behind in areas affected by natural disasters generally don’t survive. And the ones left behind generally don’t reunite with their families after the disaster.
If you haven’t thought about a dog-safety plan, here are some tips to keep your furry friend out of harm. Let’s get going with protecting your beloved dog…
Prepare Yourself for the Worst
It is wise to always be prepared. It is because you certainly don’t want to find yourself amidst an emergency and not have essential tools your dog may need for survival. Reading through valuable resources like puplore.com, you will discover that the most common problem people make is leaving their pet behind during a natural disaster.
After all, you can’t leave a wagging tail at home, thinking they’ll be able to survive without food available. And the chances are excellent that they might get injured or not survive at all.
Keep Extra Food
Whenever shopping, make sure to buy supplies and food items for your dog for at least two weeks. Bring plenty of treats as these help to keep your pet calm and happy. Dog owners proclaim how treats work wonders in helping dogs stay calm in the event of stressful situations.
You can also invest in collapsible bowls, as these assist both you and your dog in eating and drinking. These are easy to transport and occupy much less space.
Grab Blankets and Comfort Toys
It is worth having unique toys and comfort essentials to relieve your dog’s boredom and reduce stress. Whether your dog has a favorite toy, bones, or a blanket, make sure your furry friend has these things with him at all times. After all, these will help him relax.
It can be utterly scary and traumatic for your dog to go through a natural disaster. Therefore some everyday items may bring your dog the peace he needs.
Invest in a Dog First-Aid Kit
You have a first-aid kit to cater to your human family’s medical emergencies, but do you have one for your dog as well?
While many people shake their heads with a “No,” it is necessary to remember that you might not have a vet to address your wounded friend’s injuries. Now that you’re wary about maybe not having one, it is worthwhile to have supplies for handling paw care. Don’t forget to include scissors, adhesive tapes, tweezers, gauze pads, and other such items in your kit.
You might also include a muzzle, treats, and toys so that your pet is engaged during his or her treatment.
Timely preparation can go a long way in protecting your family and dog during a natural disaster.
However, after being caught in a natural disaster, it is worth taking your family and pet to a safe location. After that, be sure to assess your dog for injuries and watch closely for signs of pain. Dogs can also suffer from trauma that have lasting effects from scary experiences.
Therefore, try to relax your dog. Consider some calming supplements, diffuser oils or noise machines to help your furry friend calm down and regain a sense of safety.
May I introduce you to Denali! She is a 10 year old red and white Siberian Husky whose parents were championship sled dogs in Virginia. Denali is a therapy dog with Faithful Friends AAT, and also a R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dog) in the Clear Lake City, Texas area. Her main jobs are in the public library letting kids read to her, along with special visits seeing young and older clients, as well as employees in the worksite! Denali was born into this world to be a blessing to many as a therapy dog. She also enjoys singing, visiting the neighbors, and teaching her new young brother, Benwick Benny how to be a therapy dog. Submitted by Julie D.
Having a dog at home is one of the best experiences ever, especially if you’re naturally a dog lover. Dogs are very loyal friends. And, especially when you live alone, a pet pooch can also be a good companion. So perhaps that’s why you may have been thinking a lot lately about getting a new dog? But there’s one thing that’s stopping you: your full schedule.
Taking care of a dog while having a full-time job and other obligations in life may not seem like a very good mix. But it’s actually not an impossible reality. You can liken that situation to full-time working parents who also have young children to care for. It’s a lot of work, yes, but with help from others, a good routine, and other hacks, it’s actually doable. You can still enjoy the experience of being a dog parent despite running on an in-demand, full schedule. Here’s how…
1. Hire a Dog Walker
A babysitter is to a baby, while a dog walker is to your dog. So if you work at least eight hours straight without going home in between, you’ll definitely need to hire a dog walker. This is especially true if your address in North Vancouver, BC, is in the central district and you live in an apartment.
Dogs need fresh air, too. They need to feel the ground, stretch their legs, and see the world.
If you can’t commit to walking your dog at least half an hour daily, hire a dog walker to do so. Do a quick search on social media sites or other online platforms, and you’re sure to find quite a lot of dog walkers offering their services. Just be sure to read reviews and feedback first so you’ll have the assurance that your dog will be in good hands.
2. Find a Doggy Day Care
When you’re really busy and you have to work overtime, it also might be a good idea to enroll your dog in doggy day care. Generally, it’s not recommended to leave dogs at home beyond eight to ten hours. So, if you have a long day coming, make the necessary arrangements to leave your pet canine in a doggy day care. This applies, too, if you’re off to a weekend work trip and bringing your dog with you isn’t an option.
Sending your dog to day care gives you peace of mind that in your extended absence, your dog will be doing just fine. You can also leave instructions for any special care or need your dog may have, like if they’re taking medications or have special dietary restrictions.
3. Puppy-Proof Your Home
Because you’ll be leaving your dog at home for the majority of the time while you’re working, this also necessarily entails puppy-proofing your home. When dogs get bored they tend to chew on anything they can or run around and cause damage. Part of taking care of your dog, therefore, means keeping your dog (and home) safe while you’re at work.
Here’s a bonus tip for you: a good practice is to actually set the limits of where your dog can roam around at home by setting up a dog fence or gate. Imagine how a baby safety fence looks like. Dog fences are pretty much the same. It offers so much more freedom than a cage so your dog can still move around, but with limits.
This strategy also makes the cleanup easier for you when you get home. After a long, tiring day at work, the last thing you’ll want is to come home to a trashed house or one with poop spread out all over the place.
4. Write Down All Veterinary Appointments
Busy as you are, it’s expected you may have a planner or a list for almost everything. Don’t forget to also jot down on your planner your dog’s veterinary appointments. This can help you stay on top of their regular checkups. Writing down such schedules in one planner ensures you don’t miss out on anything important, no matter how busy you may be.
5. Walk Your Dog During Your Lunch Break
This fifth tip only applies if you are within a walking distance from your workplace. If you can walk home for lunch, take that time to check on your dog. You don’t really need to spend an hour to finish your meal, don’t you? Spend a little time for eating, and then use the remaining time to give your dog a walk around the block after lunch.
This strategy is like hitting two birds with one stone. It gives you that much-needed break, while also giving your dog the exercise they need.
Even when you have to work, your dog can still be very much loved and well-taken care of. Having a full-time job doesn’t have to stop you from actually having a dog at home. Once you’ve finally eased into the routine of having one, you’ll realize that taking care of your dog, on top of all your other obligations doesn’t also have to feel like a chore. You can still be happy as you get on with your usual day-to-day life, while your dog also stays happy with the love and attention you’re giving them.
May I introduce Benwick Benny. He is our nine month old male Piebald Siberian Husky who is the grandson of “Chase” from the movie “Eight Below.” Benny is being trained to be a therapy dog with Faithful Friends AAT in Clear Lake City, Texas. He will also become a R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dog)! Benwick Benny loves training, playing fetch with the tennis ball, relaxing with his older red and white Husky sister, and going to school at Transform My Dog! Submitted by Julie D.
This is Herbie, a six year old Terrier mix that I adopted from the local animal shelter in 2018. People like to say the phrase, “Dogs are man’s best friend,” and in Herbie’s case, I can 100% agree with that statement. Through the past almost 4 years I’ve had with Herbie: I’ve gained his trust, his friendship, I’ve taught him new things, taken him on new adventures, learned his many likes and dislikes, and have made so many unforgettable and irreplaceable memories. He’s brought more joy than I can type out. He definitely goes to show that shelter animals still have more life and love to give, and that each and every one of them deserves a second chance. Herbie loves treats, chicken, cheese, tuna, walks, naps, drives, the Sonic Drive-in, dressing up, picture taking, kisses, and cuddles. Submitted by Alyssa L.