Finding The Right Dog Food: 5
Finding The Right Dog Food: 5
They say that dog is man's best friend, but from the dog's point of view, it's actually more than that. After all, you provide shelter, exercise, affection, and food. You're their best friend but you're also their family and their whole world. It's not a responsibility that should be taken lightly, and you don't. You want your dog to be as healthy and as happy as possible. You always try to do the best you can for them and that includes making sure that they have all the nutrition they need. Here are a few factors to consider when you're choosing what food is best for your dog.
It can be hard to know where to start. There is an unprecedented amount of choice when it comes to pet food. Before you get wrapped up comparing NomNom vs Ollie dog food, look at your dog. This is, after all, about them. Different dogs have different dietary needs depending on, among other things, what breed of dog it is. Golden Retrievers can develop joint problems if their diet is too high in calcium or calories. Dachshunds need to have stronger muscles and less body fat to prevent back problems. All these factors and more can have an effect on determining the right kind of food.
Size is perhaps the most important factor when it comes to determining food. Whether you have a big dog or a small one, the size will have an effect not just on the type of food but also on how much food you give your dog. It can be very bad for dogs to be overweight, just like with humans. The difference is that it's very hard to explain to a dog the long-term consequences. Portion control can help, but so can exercise or even puzzle bowls, if your dog is the kind who eats too quickly.
Age can also play an important role when choosing the right pet food. From teeth to nutrition to their ability to digest, your pet's nutritional needs will change over time. They may need softer food, or differently formulated food, or more or less food depending on their needs. Always consult with your vet about your dog's nutritional needs. They may need geriatric food sooner or later than other dogs, depending on a whole host of factors: everything from their history to your home.
It's important to understand that not all dogs are exactly the same. Even dogs the same age and the same breed may have different dietary needs and different health concerns. It's important to consult with your veterinarian about your specific pet's particular needs. They may even have a recommendation for the best brand for your pet. Tailored recommendations can be even more valuable than general research because one never knows exactly what kind of health concerns are or should be prioritized.
Diet can never be fully separated from lifestyle. Your lifestyle and your dogs are inherently intertwined. If you are largely sedentary and spend most of your time at the office, then your dog will also be largely sedentary. If you have a more active lifestyle, then your dog will be running around too.
Either way, it will affect both the kind of food they should eat and how much of it they should be eating. Dramatic changes to either lifestyle or diet will require dramatic changes in diet or lifestyle. You may even find that you need to adjust your dog's feeding schedule seasonally to accommodate more and less active periods.
Pets are really part of the family. You're careful to make sure that your family eats well and stays healthy, and pets are no different. Unlike your family, your dog can't tell you what they like or don't like. Turkey can't explain what food makes them feel good and what food makes them feel tired or sick. You have to do that homework yourself to make sure you're doing the best you can for your best friend.