Achieving a healthy balance in your dog’s diet
We all know that eating well isn’t always easy. Making the right choice doesn’t come as second nature, especially when faced with temptation.
Dogs are exactly the same. The only difference is that they can’t make a decision for themselves. That’s why, as a responsible owner who just wants the best for them, it’s your job to take control.
Over the years, I’ve seen many people make some fundamental mistakes when it comes to a dog’s diet.
It’s not that they’re acting out of a desire to do harm. Far from it. Making poor nutritional choices is usually caused by a desire to please. Treats become commonplace and overfeeding is normal.
But just why is diet so important to your pet’s wellbeing?
The answer is a simple one. Providing nutritional balance is crucial to the health and happiness of your canine companion.
Let’s take a look at the main food groups every dog requires for a well-regulated diet.
- Protein is essential for healthy growth and tissue repair. Good sources of protein include salmon, chicken, turkey and duck.
- Oils and fats such as Omega 3 & 6 promote good skin and coat condition, brain function and eye health.
- Carbohydrates are a great source of energy and vitality. Look for dog foods containing potato and rice.
- Vitamins boost long-term health, while minerals are essential for healthy bones, skin and overall cell function.
Remember that the amount each dog eats will vary between breed, size, activity level, temperament and metabolism.
Unfortunately many so-called ‘complete’ dog foods simply don’t tick all the boxes.
It’s one of the reasons I developed my own high-quality dog food brand The Dog Man’s Choice, alongside expert nutritionists. I wanted to make sure it included all these vital components – and more. Please go to my online shop if you’d like to take a look.
After all, if we are what we eat, the same applies to our dogs.
Include exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle with your dog. Make sure your dog is well-behaved on the lead by booking a one-to-one training session on 01785 664805.