All kibble is created equal accept few changes and all of the pet food present in the commercial markets claim to be the perfect food for your dog. However, finding the perfect food that is healthy, affordable and appealing is a tough job. Therefore, we have decided to provide you with few devices that will help you narrow down the options and select the best food for your Fido.
Nutritional Requirement of your Dog:
Dogs are not strict carnivorous animals however the big portion of your Fido’s food intake depends on the meat. Dogs require protein and fat content from meat. Protein helps your dog in building muscles while on the other hand fat is required to gain energy. However, other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and fibers are also required by Fido to stay healthy.
The nutritional requirement of your dog varies with the age and its breed. If your Fido is not fed according to his nutritional need he may suffer from diseases due to deficiency or excess of nutrition. This usually happens when pets are fed on home-based diets. Therefore, it is important to understand what and how many nutrients you should provide your dog to keep him healthy. However, shifting to a commercially available dog food option is better as they have these nutrients added in your dog’s feed after rigorous testing by a veterinary specialist.
Different Nutritional Needs:
In general, dogs require vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates in the form of dietary fibers to keep their digestive system on track. A restricted amount of calcium is required for proper development of bones and fatty acids for better functioning of the immune system. However, young puppies may require more calories for better biological development as compared to a senior dog that requires food to maintain his health and carry out daily activities.
Similarly, the nutritional requirement also varies among small breed and large breed dogs. When I first owned my Golden retriever I always thought that large dogs grow rapidly, therefore, they require more calories but when I first met my Fido’s vet, he made me aware of that a large breed dog has low metabolic rate as compared to small breed dog hence they require fewer calories as compared to small breed dogs.
In addition to this, if a large breed dog is fed more nutrients than his requirements he can face health issues such as obesity and different orthopedic diseases. Therefore, the intake of fat, carbohydrates, calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus, and Zinc should be kept under observation. Totally Goldens suggests Best 5 picks for Large Breed Puppy food that contains a restricted amount of calcium, carbohydrates and other nutrients to avoid any health issues. In addition to this, these food options also contain omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids that keep your puppy’s coat healthy and DHA for healthy brain development. For proper consumption of food, large breed dog must be fed 5-6 times a day with small portions.
While on the other hand, small dogs require fat and protein both in abundance. Protein is required to build lean muscles to avoid obesity and due to high metabolic rate fat is required in abundance to fuel them up with the energy they require to perform daily tasks. Therefore, you can feed your little companion with full portions several times a day. In addition to this, small breed dogs are more likely to get food allergies. If you have recently changed their feed and have noticed some behavioral change or sign of allergies visit your vet and get his food prescribed. To minimize the risk of allergies buy food items that contain novel protein and carbohydrates.
These are some general guidelines that you must keep in your mind when buying food for your dog.
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Wendy is a self-employed beauty therapist, mother of two; life-long pet parent and lover of dogs who somehow manages to squeeze in the time to satisfy another of her loves – writing. Wendy is the founder, main contributor to and editor of TotallyGoldens.com