Just like us humans, your doggo is one of a kind. So their nutrition should be catered directly to their own needs and tastes. We know that you want to do everything you can to keep your best friend happy and healthy! So here are a few tips on how to do just that.
Most dogs will want to eat a meat-based diet for the most part. However, most vets will encourage dog owners to provide a diverse and well-balanced diet which includes other food groups.
As mentioned before, all dogs have different needs. So as you try out varied foods, have patience. Your dog might not fall in love with anything straight away.
Talk to a staff member at your local pet store, they might be able to give you samples so that you’re not paying for full bags your dog refuses to eat.
You can also incorporate wet food, such as canned food or dog rolls – just make sure they are lower in fat and contain little additives.
Another option is raw meat. When trying a raw meat diet, make sure that it is human grade and not treated with preservatives or spices.
Some dogs also prefer gentler plain foods such as cooked rice and meat (with no added preservatives or seasonings). If you decide to cook your dog’s meals at home, bulk it out with cooked sweet potato or pumpkin. Both are healthy options and will make your dog’s food better balanced.
Sometimes when we try a new diet, it might take us a while to adjust. Your dog is the same. If you want to change your dog’s diet, do it slowly. Start by mixing in the new food with the food they have already been eating. Mixing the food will not only help your doggo adjust to the flavour, but it will also make sure the sudden change won’t upset their tummies.
If you are trying a wet food, putting it in the microwave for a few seconds might do the trick. The microwave will help the food release yummy scents that will encourage your dog to eat it!
Remember, change takes time. Don’t rush the process. When your dog gets hungry, it will eat. If you see that your dog is not eating for long periods, take it to your vet. There might be some underlying health issues they need to pinpoint.
If your dog is rarely eating and doesn’t seem to be loving the food you are providing, remember that veterinary nutritionists exist – they are there to help you make the right dietary choices for your dog.
Some dogs may be prone to specific food allergies and therefore have special dietary requirements.
Does your dog’s skin ever become red and itchy after they’ve eaten? Maybe they are allergic to something you’re feeding them. The most common dog allergies are:
The only way to figure out what your dog is allergic to is to test out different diets until your dog is not having any reaction after eating. Remember that your dog is most likely to be allergic to multiple things, just keep in mind this process may take a while and requires patience.
Some hypoallergenic foods, that are also dog-friendly include:
- sweet potato
Healthy dog treats and snacks are a fantastic way to supplement your dog’s diet. Once you have figured out what foods your doggo loves, it’s easy to pick snacks from there! Opt for high protein low fat treats, such as kangaroo liver to keep your dog happy and healthy.
- Remember that portion size is based on your dog’s weight and size.
- Try incorporating some fruit and veg alongside your dog’s biscuits and or meat, such as one of the options below:
- Bananas are a wonderful way to give your doggo a great source of potassium and fibre.
- Raspberries in moderation are a great way to provide your dog with a source of Vitamin C and antioxidants.
- Apples are super low in fats and proteins making them the perfect crispy snack. Just make sure to remove the seeds first.
- Cucumbers are cooling and low in carbs. They are full of Vitamins K and C. Making them great snacks for all furry companions, but especially those that might need to lose some weight.
- Celery is great for fighting that dreaded doggy breath! It also helps to promote a healthy heart.
As with anything, these are just general tips and tricks. Make sure that you are taking into account your dog’s size, food preferences, allergies and nutritional needs. You can always reach out to a vet for professional advice.