No single dietary plan can be considered the best for every dog out there. Always make sure you consult with your vet before making any changes to your dog’s diet. Here are some general guidelines and tips to follow to ensure that your dog remains healthy.
» Be sure to choose a reputable and well-reviewed brand of dog food. Double check with your veterinarian for recommendations and advice on purchasing new dog food.
» Select a dog food that’s appropriate for your dog’s age, weight, activity level or size. Make sure to feed your dog dry food as well as moist canned food to help keep his teeth clean.
» Be sure that the protein ratios in your dog’s diet are appropriate for your dog’s size, age, and breed. Typically (check with your vet), a dog food with 20 to 30 percent protein content provides a healthy balance for a healthy dog food diet.
» Avoid overfeeding your dog as obesity can lead to a variety of medical problems. One of the best ways to maintain a healthy dog diet is to avoid overfeeding.
» Feed your dog a measured amount of healthy dog food twice a day. Ask your vet if they have any recommendations for proper dog feeding schedules.
Things to Remember
» If you decide to switch dog foods, do it slowly over a week period by increasing the ratio of new dog food to old dog food. This will help avoid digestive upsets in your dog
» Avoid feeding your dog too many vitamins and minerals. Some vitamins and minerals can be toxic to dogs in high dosages.
» Never ever under any circumstance feed your dog chocolate. Chocolate is toxic for dogs and so are grapes and olives. Avoid these!