How do you know what the right type of food is for your dog? Heard about how well someone’s dog is doing on a raw food diet? Or are you thinking you would rather just stick to something more conventional?
There are people who prefer to cook food for their dogs or people who prefer to feed their dogs raw meat.
Here are some points to ponder:
Are there benefits to a raw diet to dogs? Some say that a raw food diet means more control over what you feed your dog. There wouldn’t be unnecessary exposure to chemicals and you wouldn’t be worrying about food recalls the same way you would with commercial dog food. However, if chemical exposure is a concern for you, you can opt to purchase a high quality natural dog food that discloses ALL ingredients.
You may think making your own dog food is safer but with a raw food diet, there is concern that food contamination could occur. Like humans, dogs are also susceptible to food-borne illnesses and it is crucial that you are careful with the preparation of food and know how to properly store dog food to reduce the risk of bacteria growing.
In terms of nutrition, if you plan your dog’s raw food diet properly, your dog will receive the proper nutrients and experience greater energy and shiny coats. You can adjust the diet as needed when your dog is sick or as your dog grows. It is very important to educate yourself so you know exactly what your dog needs to stay healthy as a raw meat only diet means your dog misses out on vitamins and minerals derived from grains and vegetables. You need to be aware of all the various foods that can make your dog sick. Your veterinarian can help guide you.
Organic food is more expensive in general. Organic dog food and organic dog treats are available and usually have less fillers (corn, wheat and their by-products), no pesticides, no food colouring, no preservatives or additives. Organic dog food could reduce allergens in your dog’s diet. This type of food uses whole grains instead of the aforementioned fillers, which have many health benefits. Organic dog food also uses human-grade protein sources. You should always read labels closely to make sure what you feed your dog will provide all the essential nutrients required for good health.
Dogs are omnivores and love meat. But if you are a vegan or vegetarian and want your dog to be too, you can ask for veterinarian for advice on how to provide your dog with a well-balanced meatless diet and how to avoid nutritional deficiencies. You have to plan and have knowledge of safe alternative sources of protein for your dog. Meat provides dog with essential amino acids. A safe replacement could be eggs which dogs find delicious and would happily eat. Vegan dogs, like their humans, can safely eat legumes and brown rice. Luckily for dogs and humans, there are several fruits and vegetables that are safe for dogs to eat.
Your dog’s diet plays a big role in her long term health. With any diet, it is important to use a measuring cup to make sure your dog is eating the correct serving appropriate for her size and weight.