Feeding your dog or anyone for that matter is a task that should be done with utmost care. While we may find a lot of nutritional tips and hacks for a human diet all over the internet, what to feed a dog is somewhat of a less explored area but an important one to ensure safety and improvement in a dog’s diet.
With so many brands manufacturing ‘staple diets’ for dogs and marketing organizations recklessly advertising almost everything as ‘highly nutritious’ it becomes important for a dog parent to be aware and cautious about the difference between reality and presentation. Here are a few tips that will help you find better diet options for your dog and contribute to their health.
Know the Ingredients
You can begin with knowing what ingredients the so-called ‘staple diets’ contain and how good or bad they are for your dog. Staple diets or dog foods generally last long on shelf because of the added preservatives and since they are cooked in an industrial manner, they often don’t add as much nutritional value to the diet as fresh food and ingredients. Be sure of what you are giving your dog. Every chemical that you ignore can be harmful for your dog’s health.
Feed Fresh Food
Rather than sticking with the packed food full of preservatives, it is better to opt for fresh, home cooked food. For better oral and digestive health, give dogs vegetables as they are high in fibre and a natural alternative to high calorie treats and bones. Feeding a good amount of home cooked vegetables and food in general will ensure a better digestive system and improved bowels. Fresh food has enzymes that packed food cannot offer as most of the nutrients in packed food are dead.
Meat: Cooked or Not?
There is a never ending debate about feeding dogs meat. Some believe it is better if uncooked meat is fed to the dogs as it is more nutritional and healthy for the dog but on the other hand, there is reliable evidence and study that suggests dogs should not be fed uncooked food as it may not suit them.
To know how you should feed meat to your dog you will have to understand that not every dog is the same and thus how their body reacts to cooked or uncooked meat can be extremely different. A certified nutritionist can help you here as they would suggest what shall be good for YOUR dog, as an individual. We highly recommend consulting an experienced nutritionist or veterinary doctor.
Just like humans, dogs should be given a balanced diet as well. A lot of diets or dietary foods manufactured specifically for adult dogs do not take care of it. So it is advised to add or subtract any nutrient that is absent or in excess respectively. Fibre is an extremely important nutrient that is mostly absent from a dog’s diet.
While there are dog treats that provide proteins and food that have sufficient amounts of carbs and fats, dog parents generally forget to add any food source of fibre. One should consider researching and exploring food options that can offer required nutrients to a dog. Make sure that the food item you pick is suitable for your dog.
Taking care of a dog can take a lot of your energy and focus. It is worth noting that your own health matters too and while taking care of your dog, you need to simultaneously take care of yourself. While it is believed that dogs can be great companions for good mental health, we still believe your body would need supplements to ensure rest and calm. Cannabis gummies are great for a good night’s sleep and mental health, we advise taking these before hitting the bed so that you are ready for a refreshing morning walk with your dog.