Feeding Your Dog Right Makes You A Happier Person!
Feeding your dog right goes a long way towards increasing the life span of your dog. The dog will be happier too. This makes training your dog easier and the end result is that you will have a well behaved pet which in turn makes you, the pet owner, a happier person too.
There is no one food that is right for all dogs. A responsible pet owner will observe the conditions of his dog and feed him accordingly. In assessing your dog, factors to consider include his health status, age, level of activity and environmental conditions.
Here are some guidelines you can follow for feeding your dog right.
Guideline #1. Know the nutritional content of the food you feed to your dog. Read the food label carefully to find out the type and amount of nutrients the food is made up of.
Guideline #2. If you are feeding a puppy, then feed him with food that is prepared with complete vitamins and nutrients. A growing puppy is active and needs more nutrients and more calories to meet his energy requirement.
Guideline #3. Older dogs are less active and they do not need as much calories as younger dogs. Thus you have to cut down on the amount of calories when you feed an older dog. This will avoid the problem of obesity in dogs as they grow old. Obesity brings a host of health problems to these old dogs.
Guideline #4. If your dog is sick, you have to feed him differently than when he is in good health. Sick dogs are less active and they sleep most of the time. Therefore, they need less calories but on the other hand, they need food with higher nutritional value to boost his immune system to fight off disease. It is advisable to consult your vet on feeding your sick dog the right food.
Feeding your dog according to these 4 guidelines and your dog will thank you for being a good pet owner.