As a doting pet parent, you want the very best when it comes to feeding your dog but with the onslaught of choices at supermarket shelves and e-marketplaces, do you really know what ingredients are making their way to your dog’s bowl?
In the times of GMO food, we can’t stress enough about the importance of a diet with minimal artificial ingredients – additives, preservatives, and fillers. This is as true for humans as for dogs.
Avoid dog food that includes: significant preservatives – sugar and high salt (like propylene glycol, BHA, BHT and ethoxyquin) and dyes (added to give colour). A portion of healthy dog food will include meat for protein, vitamin-packed vegetables and fruit, and omega fatty acids for a shiny coat. It would have fewer fillers such as corn, wheat, and soy.
For pet food to be “complete and balanced,” it must meet nutritional guidelines as per the dog’s life stages.
Puppies require about 25-per cent protein in their meals, along with vitamins, minerals, and essential Omega 3 & 6 oils. These ingredients will help your puppy develop a strong brain, good joints, and a healthy coat. (You may consult your vet for breed-specific requirements).
Puppy meals must provide for:
Similarly, adult dogs tend to have a sedentary lifestyle as they age, the nutritional supplement they need must aid their bone health, bodyweight, large breed (or short breed) etc. About 18 per cent of protein content suffices for their needs.
For senior dogs with joint issues or arthritis, try opting for food ingredients that will help supplement good joint mobility without causing them further pain.
Foods with the below ingredients can help reduce inflammation in your dog’s joints.
Pregnant and nursing pets also need additional vitamins and calories than other pets.
Some dogs may be prone to getting urinary tract infections, or bladder stones if you aren’t careful. A dog’s diet can help foster good urinary tract health:
The distinct advantage of preparing your dog’s meal yourself is that you know exactly the source as well as the quality of the ingredients. If you are opting for homecooked meals for your pet instead of commercial options, please ensure that it contains protein, fibre, and carbohydrates.
We’ve all had a little extra weight on ourselves at one time or another, and dogs are no different. Like humans, some dogs are just prone to being overweight. From thyroid problems to overeating, there are many reasons that dogs gain too much weight.
Adjusting your dog’s diet and ensuring exercise regimen can go a long way in ensuring the prime fitness of your furry friend. If the weight gain is sudden and there’s uneven growth/lump in the body, please take your vet’s opinion.
While fixing your dog’s diet to help him lose weight, look out for foods which are:
If you are looking for commercially available dog food, we recommend Himalaya Healthy Pet food.
Healthy PET food – Puppy offers a unique blend of nutrition – Black Pepper – Oats – Papaya for puppies to help boost their growth and immunity.
Healthy PET food – Adult is a complete and balanced Food for dogs and contains the goodness of Popala – Tree of Heaven and Guduchi. It has over 20 nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, which provides a perfect balance of nutrition and is fortified with herbs for additional health benefits for adult dogs.