Vacations, summer, excesses. Surely the scale has broken down this summer (those kilos are from happiness, so it doesn’t matter much). But it’s almost September and you’re determined to eat a healthier diet or even join the gym. In September and January it seems that everyone wants to go to the gym. Now, the question of the century: should you do the same with your dog?
If you’ve jumped on the healthy food bandwagon and want your friend to, too, there are a few things you should keep in mind. In this post we make everything as clear as possible. Keep reading!
Differences by race
Each breed of dog has different health conditions, therefore it also implies that the precautions to be taken are, in each case, different. As a consequence, the diet to be carried out or the healthiest foods also differ according to the race. So how do you know which food is best for your dog? Don’t worry, here you will find the best foods whether you want to lose a little weight or if you want to take better care of your diet in general.
At pet food stores, they will give you pretty specific guidelines and show you a wide variety of foods for your pet.
Different foods according to size
In terms of size, large and small dogs tend to have different eating habits and needs. This is also related to the risk of possible diseases. For example, larger dogs are at higher risk of muscular/skeletal diseases, so the ideal foods for them (especially when they are puppies) are those that contain nutrients that support musculoskeletal health. In the case of smaller breed dogs, it should be remembered that nothing in their body is large (not even their mouth). Therefore, we should not make the mistake of feeding them croquettes or treats designed for large dogs, as they could choke.
Age, more than a number
Just like us humans, dogs need different foods and nutritional components throughout their lives. Imagine that we ate porridge all our lives (apart from being boring, we would lack many nutrients). In most pet food brands you will find the different options differentiated by age: “puppies”, “adults” and “elderly”. Currently, many brands also differentiate their options according to the complexion of your friend. As we mentioned before, it may be that your dog is overweight, is below his ideal weight or suffers from stomach problems. For all these cases and some more, consult an expert, in the same pet food store they will surely offer you a wonderful option adapted to the needs of your dog.
Unlike their fellow cats, dogs are not 100% carnivorous. So you can feed your dog with vegetables or fruits, they will like it too. And not only will they like it, but it will also provide them with numerous vitamins and minerals. Plus, it’s a wonderful source of fiber (isn’t it for us?). By having all these components, it also helps your friend have good digestion. All are advantages :).
Understanding the quality of food by reading the label can be very complicated, but you can know the type of food it contains. This is very important, especially for dogs with allergies, food intolerances or specific nutritional needs. If you want your dog to follow a specific diet based on reduced carbohydrates, specific sources of fiber or protein; You should pay special attention to the ingredients in the bag of food and where they come from. If it is very important to you that the ingredients are of excellent quality, consult before buying. The opinion of other users is a good way to guide you at the time of purchase.
If you’re not entirely sure what brand or type of food you should give your dog, consult your veterinarian. The experts always have the solution or the specific guidelines to guide you when you are a bit lost.
If what you want is for your dog to follow more specific guidelines (that is, to follow a specific diet), you should keep a few things in mind:
Do you really need it?
A diet is not a whim, it is a big change in your pet’s diet. If he’s put on a couple of pounds but his activity and behavior remain the same, your vet will most likely rule out putting him on a diet. On the other hand, if he has been gaining weight for some time and his activity levels or desire to play have decreased, he has even become a somewhat sedentary dog; In addition to the fact that his lower abdomen has increased considerably and it is difficult for you to find his ribs; your vet will surely recommend you to start a different diet than the one he has been on until now.
Therefore, to find out if you really need it, the best option is to go to your veterinarian. He will guide you on what your dog really needs: maybe some exercises and a small change in diet is enough, or maybe he needs to drastically change his diet. In addition, he can point you to new brands of food for your pet to try, and suggest fruits and vegetables suitable for his specific situation.