What Do Dogs Eat
Although dogs are carnivorous, they are much like humans; they can be choosy at times. This is one of the reasons why your friend’s dog might be fine and enjoy a specific food, while yours won’t even touch it. It is thus crucial to understand your dog, especially when planning their daily diet plan. Your vet should be able to help choose the most appropriate food for your pet friend.
Although domesticated dogs prefer a carnivorous diet plan, they can be omnivorous too. It is however worth noting that a dog’s diet plan can be dictated by the stage of life and medical issues, a reason you should consult with your vet first. While your dog can live off of a pure kibble diet, mixing his/her food with raw/cooked fish, meat, rice, and vegetables are also acceptable. Feeding your dog plant-based animal treats is good and can be healthy, W’ZIS sell a range of plant-based food and treats which I would highly recommend.
Most homeowners feel obligated to feed their dogs a pure raw meat diet. While this might be OK for most dogs, Dr. Leigh Davidson recommends checking with your vet before doing so. He suggests considering factors such as:
- Go for human-grade meat: Some pet bone and meat products may be loaded with preservatives that could be bad for their health.
- Food hygiene: Proper food hygiene is crucial when handling dog food. Mishandling the food can expose both you and them to foodborne infections such as salmonella and campylobacter.
- Ask a vet nutritionist to formulate a diet for your dog. Most dog raw-food diets aren’t ideal, especially if your dog has special medical conditions. Age can be an issue too.
- Avoid cooked bones. While small quantities of boiled lamb and chicken are OK, you want to stay away from cooked bones and those with onions and other ingredients considered toxic to dogs.
- Fishbones: If consider feeding him/her with tinned tuna, sardines, or salmon, you might then want to check for bones first.
- Bulk out their meals: Dr Leigh recommends adding raw grated carrot or cooked pumpkin into the dog’s meals. These will help add fibre to their diet plan, improving digestive health.
- Avoid whole bones. A bone or two is enough for your dog. The bones shouldn’t be too big but fit his/her mouth comfortably for easy swallowing. Avoid cooked bones as these have a lower nutrient density and could splinter, causing internal damage, among other risks.
How Much Food Is Enough for Your Dog?
Dogs, like humans, have varying appetites. Nevertheless, their appetite and the amount of food they can/should eat will depend on his/her age, breed, size, and physical activity. The main idea here is to avoid under/overfeeding your dog. If determining the right portions for your dog is an issue, then talking to your vet might help. The vet will compute his/her dietary needs based on the factors outlined above.
Water is vital for the dog’s health and overall wellbeing. That said, consider placing a water bowl where he/she can drink from when thirsty. Water also helps maintain proper oral health too.
In addition to feeding them well, you want to ensure they don’t get overweight or obese. Dogs are meant to have an athletic (lean) body. You can know whether your dog is overweight or not by running your fingers over his/her side and waist. A healthy/lean dog will have a defined waist and easy to feel their ribs when you run your fingers through. While your dog should be lean, protruding ribs can be a sign of malnourishment or an underlying medical condition, which should be addressed swiftly.