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Taking Care Of Fido: Tips On Healthy Dog Food

May 3, 2008
The nutritional needs of our dogs are just as important as our nutrional needs.Supprisingly however, these needs are often overlooked. Our furry friends benifit from a healthy diet just as we do. The following information contains helpful hints on how to identify and select healthy food for man's best friend.

Any healthy dog food will be about 40% meat, 40% vegetable, and 10-20% whole grains or other complex carbohydrate. The label will list these percentages, along with the percentages of moisture and other information. The solid contents of the food should break down into ratios close to the ones described here.

Deciding whether or not your dog food ingredients are healthy is very simple. The top ingredient on the lable should be a meat protien. If the lable describes a meat by-product the product does not have as much nutritional value. The same is true for \"fillers\". These items do not have a great nutrional value. Things like rice and oats (grains) are good any where on the lable except the top.

The best way to avoid dangerous chemicals, such as pesticides, is to go organic.Most of the ingredients in organic dog foods will be the same as regular food, but with less of the dangerous stuff. Organic dog food producers are more humane to their chickens and cows as well.

Dogs, just as humans, have specific dietary needs in most cases. To find the best combonation of carbs., protiens and vitimins for your dog, you should consult your veterinarian. Following your veterinarian's recommendation is the best choice for finding the food that will provide all the essitintials for your dog's health.

When making changes to your dog's nutritional regimen, you should switch to the new food gradually. This will be easier on your dog's digestive system and will psychologically make your dog more likely to accept their new healthy dog food. Add the new food over a period of several weeks, increasing the proportion of new to old every few days. If your dog doesn't react well, stop making changes until they have fully adjusted and then return to your transition plan.

There are also ways to make your own healthy dog food. The process of making the food takes more time than buying it, but it is not at all hard. The Internet as well as books can offer great recipes and ideas. Another great benifit to home made dog food is that it is very economical. Of course, you should always consult your veterinanry before feeding your homemade food to Fido to ensure helth as well as saftey.

In conclusion, experct to see results in a few wweeks or months. Our diet results do not show up over night either. Also take into consideration that an older dog may have more needs for extra veterinanry care and it may take longer to see results. Regardless of the effects however, remember that a healthier diet is the best thing you can give Fido.
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