Achieving a healthy balance in your dog’s diet

We all know that eating well can be challenging. Making the correct choice doesn’t come naturally, especially when faced with temptation.

Dogs are the same. The only difference is that they can’t decide for themselves. That’s why, as a responsible owner with the power to influence their pet’s health, it’s your job to take control.

Over the years, I’ve seen many people make fundamental mistakes regarding a dog’s diet. It’s not that they’re acting out of a desire to harm it. These mistakes are common and understandable, often caused by a desire to please. Treats have become commonplace, and overfeeding is normal.

It’s not that they’re acting out of a desire to harm—far from it. Poor nutritional choices can lead to serious health issues for your furry friend. Treats have become commonplace, and overfeeding is normal, but these habits can have detrimental effects on your dog’s health.

But just why is diet so essential to your pet’s wellbeing?

The answer is simple: Providing nutritional balance is crucial to the health and happiness of your canine companion.

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 each dog’s diet will vary depending on its breed, size, activity level, temperament, and metabolism. For instance, larger breeds may require more protein, and smaller breeds may need fewer carbohydrates.

Unfortunately, many so-called ‘complete’ dog foods 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. We focused on ensuring it included all these vital components – and more. To learn more about balanced dog nutrition, visit my online shop.

After all, if we are what we eat, the same applies to our dogs.

Exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle for your dog. Book a one-to-one training session with Craig, an experienced time-served trainer, to ensure your dog is well-behaved on the lead.

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