Your dog is your buddy. In some cases the best friend. They offer you unconditional
love and company. Some breeds live to please you. They can brighten up your day when
you get home after a long day of the office with how excited they are to see you. It is a
known fact that having a dog can improve your mental health and offer companionship
for many people. Dogs can be trained to do a number of things, they can be trained to be
a Seeing Eye dog, police dog, and even clown dogs. They can do tricks such as dance
with your, sit, play dead.
I love my dog. He is a 2-year-old dopey golden retriever who is my protector and my
buddy. I love the greetings I get from him when I walk in the door. I love the fact that
when he wags his tail, his whole body shakes back and forth. I spoil my dog and to be
honest I never gave much thought to what I was feeding him, or even how important it
was. My whole life I have had dogs. You would think that I know all about their diet and
how important it is for them to have a good diet.
Well, I don’t, or at least I didn’t up until a short while ago. I was one of those dog
owners who didn’t give my dogs diet a second thought. I bought whatever dog food was
on sale that week and never read the ingredients. I listened to my vet advertise brands of
dog food and sometimes took his advice but other times didn’t because I knew he was
being paid to promote the food. I could tell because of all the free samples he was trying
to get rid of.
I wasn’t however, one of those people who fed their dogs leftovers from the dinner table.
Those are the people who fall for the puppy dog eyes that our dogs seem to have
mastered. That is not to say I didn’t toss him a taste every now and then, but for the
most part, I never fed him. Some of the food we eat can be toxic to a dog, and greasy
foods, or fried food, forget it. Have fun cleaning up after him after that mess!
It wasn’t until I noticed my dog’s coat not looking as shiny as it once did. Other dog
owners have said it wasn’t until their dogs began scratching themselves silly or not have
much energy that they notice something was the matter. One person said it wasn’t until
their dog’s stomach grew so much from him being overweight did they realize their
might have been a problem with the food.
Dogs are mammals, just like us. If we eat too much and don’t exercise enough we are
going to get fat as our dogs. If we eat food that is not good for us, we tend to feel
lethargic afterward and do not want to move. Eating unhealthy for us can cause a whole
slew of problems from heart disease to diabetes. We can make our skin look unhealthy
and our hair and when we go to the bathroom. Well, let us just say that it can be a pretty ugly
Dogs are no different. If they eat too much and get no exercise they become overweight.
If they eat food that is not good for them, they to can feel lethargic and have no energy.
What they eat can affect their coat and their skin. Dogs can get most of the same
diseases we do. They can get cancer, they can get heart disease, and have heart attacks.
They can even get diabetes.
This is why it is so important to understand why your dog’s diet is so important to their
lives. Just like with us, dogs are what they eat, just like we are. Unfortunately, though a
dog cannot tell you when something does not feel right on them, or when they have a
stomach ache from the food they eat. Most of us watch what we eat because of the
health benefits that come with the effort, and it is the same thing in our dogs.
A dogs diet needs are not that different from our own. They require the same vitamins
and minerals as we do just not in the same quantity. They require protein, carbohydrates,
and fats just like we do. Their stomachs work similar to ours. There are only a few
differences. If we eat too much and not exercise enough, we get overweight.
Overweight can bring on a whole slew of problems for us. For a dog, it is no different.
If they eat too much and do not get enough exercise, they too will become overweight
and they too will deal with a whole slew of problems also. The food we put into our
body can affect our skin and our hair. The food we put on a dogs body affects their skin
and their hair. Why do some dog owners think otherwise? We eat certain foods to give
us the nutrition we need to keep us healthy. The same is true for dogs. While they can
not eat the same foods we do, careful attention should be paid to the ingredients in dog
food to make sure they are getting a healthy and nutritious meal.
Poor diet in dogs could mean many things. Dogs with a poor diet do not have high
energy levels, they many develop healthy problems down the line, they can be
overweight or underweight. They can have teeth problems, bad breath, infections. The
list goes on and on. An unbalanced diet for you dog could mean a shorter lifespan that
your dog has.
Just as important as a good diet is, it is just as important to keep your dog on a feeding
schedule. Free feeding your dog is almost like an invitation to obesity for some dogs.
They can just graze all day. Getting your dog on a set schedule will help his diet in the
long run and also his potty and business breaks outside.
Most dog owners consider their dog part of their family. Keeping a dog on a good diet
has tons of benefits. You could be preventing a number of diseases, stomach issues and
even be preventing cancer in some dogs. Just like us dogs can get cancer, they can get
diabetes and they can even suffer from high blood pressure. What does your doctor tell
you to do if this were to happen to you? Your doctor would tell you to change your diet.
You could keep allergies at bay if you make the smart choices for dog food. You could
help prevent arthritis in your dog as they age. There are so many more reasons why you
should make sure your dog is getting the best food available. With the proper diet, you
could be looking at added years together