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How to feed your dog?

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Don’t Change Your Dogs Menu!

Feeding is important after you buy-a-dog. It is somewhat of a myth that your dog thrives best on a variety of foods and tastes. This is not true, in fact the opposite is true. You should maintain a consistent diet with little to no changes. Where you need to consider a change then you should do so gradually. Changes are required when the dog attains 7 years old or 5 years old for the larger dog breeds, and they start going onto senior food. You need to gradually mix the new food with the old food type over a 7 to 10 day period. This slow transition will cause little affects on the dog. The important thing is to select a dog food that provides all of the necessary nutrients in the right quantities and ratios to keep your dog healthy. Did you just buy-a-dog? Feed the dog right

What Does Your Dog Need?

The important elements of a balanced diet includes the following 6 main groups and nutrients.

1. Water. Water is the foundation of the all life and dogs are no exception. Water is essential for proper cell functioning and biomechanical reactions in the body.

2. Protein. This is made up of amino acids. Protein supports and serves the many body functions that include muscle growth, tissue repair, enzymes, blood, immune system functions, hormone activity and energy.

3. Fat. This is a concentrated form of energy, and is also an important source of essential fatty acids. Dogs require this for the maintenance of a healthy skin and coat. Fat also has an important function as a carrier for fat soluble vitamins in the body.

4. Carbohydrates. These comprise sugars, starches and dietary fiber. Some carbohydrates can be easily burnt as energy. Fiber is important for proper gastrointestinal tract functioning.

How to feed your dog?

5. Minerals. These are inorganic elements that have many important functions. They include the formation of bone and cartilage, enzymatic reactions, the maintenance of fluid balance, the transportation of oxygen in the blood, the maintaining of normal muscle and nerve function, and the production of hormones.

6. Vitamins. Vitamins function in tandem with all the other vitamins and nutrients to properly nourish the dog. Each vitamin has a specific role in maintaining health of different dog systems.

All good quality commercial pet foods will have a 100% of all these elements in a balanced ratio. In most cases they are also manufactured with efficient uptake and metabolizing by the dog. Dog food is measured in calories and this is the energy available for proper metabolic function and efficient utilization of all the other nutrients.

Dogs Need Water

Always make sure that your dog has a clean bowl of water available at all times. All too often this is neglected and the dog dehydrates or does not have sufficient water to go with the food and this is essential for proper metabolizing of food. Water is also essential for regulating body temperature and also is essential for tissue health. Did you just buy-a-dog?

Water is the fluid medium for the blood and lymphatic systems. The quantity of water your dog needs will very much depend on the activity rate of the dog, the ambient humidity and temperature and other factors that might include pregnancy and lactation. If you are exercising your dog in hot weather always have a bowl and bottle handy.