We all want to make sure that our pups lead long, healthy, and happy lives. Taking your dog for walks every day, playing with them, and ensuring they have the right veterinarian care are some ways to make that possible.
Another way is to make sure your puppy or adult dog stays healthy, give your dog healthy food. Dogs, as with humans, can develop medical conditions if they have a consistent diet of foods high in fat, salt, and sugar, with little to no nutritional value.
Give your Dog Healthy Food
Here are five practical ways where you can guarantee that your dog will eat healthy food each day:
1. Feed Your Pet the Best Dog Food Available
As you might expect, some dog foods aren’t as good as others. Budget dog foods, for example, typically don’t contain much nutritional value due to the lower-quality ingredients used during the production process.
You should make a concerted effort to research the best dog food for your canine friend. Do an online search for Freshpet reviews, for example, to learn more about how other dogs (and their owners) have reacted to certain products.
2. Don’t Give Human Snacks to Your Dog
It’s tempting to give any unwanted food from your dinner plate to your dog each day. The problem with that approach is that your pet dog will end up overeating and could become overweight or obese.
The only snacks you should give your dog are nutritional ones designed exclusively for dogs. Again, check out reviews of dog snack products before buying any so you can reassure yourself that you’re not giving your dog anything harmful to eat.
3. Offer Your Dog Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
It’s no secret that fruit and vegetables contain an array of vitamins and nutrients that help humans stay fit and healthy. Your dog can also eat some of those fruits and vegetables, and they’ll provide extra nutritional value to their diets.
Make sure you research which fruit and vegetables are okay for dogs. Some examples like cherries and avocados can make your dog very ill as the digestive system in dogs operates differently from humans.
4. Give Your Dog Meat in Moderation
Many dog owners online will tell you that feeding your dog lots of raw meat is good for their bodies. While meat does offer some nutritional value, it’s not as healthy to eat as fruit and vegetables. In fact, dogs don’t even need to eat meat, contrary to popular belief!
Small samples of raw meat mixed in with regular food are okay for dogs. What you should not do is feed them big slabs of steak every night! We are very careful with Wolfie, he loves turkey but turkey doesn’t love him. One small piece as a treat is the limit.
5. Avoid Giving Your Dog Gluten
Many dog foods contain gluten. It might sound controversial, but you should avoid giving your dog food containing gluten where possible. The problem with gluten is it can harm your dog’s internal organs and put a strain on their liver and kidneys.
Thankfully, you can buy many off-the-shelf dog foods that are gluten-free.