Pet food is available by numerous brands with numerous price tags. So, how do you know what you should buy for your dog? It is important to try and get the dog food right from the beginning, as changing diet can be disruptive to your dog’s digestive system. The best advice for which dog food to choose will come from your vet, who can tell you what is best for your breed, size, age and condition of dog.
Puppies have different nutritional requirements to adult dogs. They need about twice the amount of nutrition, and so it is important to get good quality pet food which fulfils these needs. Cheaper pet foods often contain a lot of unnecessary carbohydrates and fillers such as corn, and less of the important nutrients such as protein, vitamins and minerals. Dogs don’t need carbohydrates, so it is a good idea to check the ingredients to see what the quantities are.
A puppy’s diet should be made up of around 30% protein, which can be found in meat, milk, eggs and cheese. The amount of fat required will depend on how much exercise he gets. All dogs do need some fat in their diet, but too much and not enough exercise can lead to weight gain and problems associated with obesity. If you think that your dog is starting to put on weight, take corrective action immediately. Also make sure he’s getting the right amount of exercise that he needs – around 20-30 minutes aerobic exercise per day is advised.
If you find that your dog is starting to suffer with health conditions or weight gain, the right food can sometimes be enough to sort him out. Consult with your vet first, as he may also need medicinal action, but often a simple change in diet will work wonders.
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