How to Choose Dog Food to Avoid 10 Serious Health Problems
From time immemorial dog had ever been the most loyal companion for human being. There are numerous story everyone must have heard regarding the dog as a savior of its owner’s life and assets even at a cost of its own life. If you love your pet dog and give him quality food , in return you will surely get unquestionable loyalty as well as unconditional affection through out it’s life. At times, a warm cuddle of your pet dog is just enough to steal all your mental stress within seconds.
Therefore every dog owner keeps engaged in a never ending search for the perfect food for it that would be able to:
- Keep the canine pet healthy.
- Provide it a shiny and sleek hair coat.
- Boost up it’s immune system.
- Maintain a healthy digestive system.
- Give it a lot of energy all day long.
Every dog owner wants to feed the pet a well balanced, good quality food that contains meat , vegetables , pulse beans , grains , fruits etc. There is an endless variety of dog food available in today’s market which are genuinely appropriate for your pup’s tummy as well as fits your budget. So choosing the best food for your pet dog is ofcourse a complicated task similar to finding foods that burn fat for human body. Through this post, we will try to guide you to narrow down your search towards a well balanced dog food so that you can better handle this almost tends to impossible task.
Understanding the nutritional needs of your pet :
Major part of any dog food contains protein, fat, carbohydrate, water and some essential minerals. Every single dog has different nutritional needs which is directly associated with various parameters like genetics, growth, age, activity, reproductive status etc. There are different dog food formulation available to meet different life stages of the pet. A growing dog’s nutritional cravings differ from that of an older one.
Similarly, a conceived or lactating dog demands for more calories than a neutered one. Again , a healthy active species requires more calories intake compared to a couch-potato species. Each quality dog food has to undergo through rigorous laboratory testing by veterinary research fellows. Most processed foods contains all those nutrients that a dog demands to attain as well as to retain a good health. Dog is not an absolute carnivores animal, rather they are omnivores. But lion’s part of their diet is meat , chicken or fish . Domestic dogs are even usual of eating boiled grains and vegetables which are the rich source of dietary fibre, as well as vitamins and minerals. Most dog foods are ideally formulated to be properly digested within the tummy of your furry friend.
Every processed dog food comes with a guidelines of recommended amount as per size , weight and age of the dog. Correct type and quantity of food helps your pet to overcome various health issues and to remain healthy. While a few dog food manufacturers make different types of food for different breeds,but their most counterparts only differentiate between kibble size based on various breeds. While buying a dog food for your pet, it is enormous important to understand that whether the dog be able enough to eat it comfortably and safely.
Read and understand dog food label ingredients
Each quality dog food manufacturers provide a label that gives you detail information regarding:
- Product Name
- Net weight
- Manufacturer name, postal address and contact number.
- Laboratory testing report / Guaranteed analysis.
- Detail ingredients of the product.
- Target pet name
- Nutritional adequacy statement
- Recommended feeding guidelines.
The association of American feed control official (AAFCO) imposes guidelines for the dog food manufacturers to print proper and correct information on on it’s label. Most dog foods are made of beef , poultry,chicken or fish . There are certain directives have been imposed by AAFCO,such as:
- If it is made of a single ingredient,then it must comprise at least 90% of that product’s net weight excluding water.
- If it is made of a combination of various ingredients,then the combination must comprise at least 95% of the gross weight.
- Terms like Dinner ( such as , beef dinner ) , Platter ( such as , beef platter ) and Entree ( beef entree ) ensures presence of at least 25% of the major ingredient ( i.e, beef here ) .
- The term “With” ( for example , With Salmon cheese ) ensures the presence of 3% of the named ingredient ( i.e , Salmon here ).
- The term “flavor” ( such as , cheese flavor ) ensures the presence of the said ingredient is less than 3% in that product.
- If you find out this line in the adequacy statement printed on the label – “provides complete and balanced nutrition for maintenance of adult dog” , be sure that it’s not just an advertisement, because AAFCO has strict directions to ensure that the food is complete and balanced in reality also.
The phrases like “for puppies” or “for all life stages” guides the pet owner to understand whether this product is suitable for his canine companion or not.
A most important advice of world’s renowned dog owners – before buying a dog food , always confirm that whether the information provided there is supported by a reliable source such as an eminent veterinarian or a nutritionist or any scientific laboratory study.
Picking up the right nutritional food for your pet dog
At the end of the day,as a pet owner,you deserve the ultimate power to take the decision regarding buying a dog food because it’s you who spend most of the time with your pet dog and can closely observe it in regular basis . If the food you are feeding your most loyal friend on earth is working fine, then undoubtedly you will be satisfied to find that your pet dog is:
- producing firm stool regularly.
- having a healthy appetite.
- very much fit and active.
- not suffering from any disease over a long period of time.
- maintaining proper growth .
We shall suggest you to keep in touch with your veterinarian in regular basis because he posses in depth knowledge, research and resources regarding the pet nutrition and can handle any adverse health issue of the dog much better than any average pet owner.
Ultimate Do’s and Don’ts regarding a dog food
1. Don’t feed excess calories to your pet dog if it is not highly active as it may lead to obesity which invites numerous serious health issues in times to come. An average or low fat dog food contains 6% – 8% of fat while a high fat dog food contains a fat portion of upto 18%.
2. Ask your veterinarian to determine a healthy diet plan for your canine companion based on its age , weight and various other related parameters.
3. Give a keen attention whether your pet is suffering from chronic diarrhoea or skin related issues very frequently. If so , the dog may be prone to some certain kind of food allergies. Among other probable causes, bacterial infection, internal parasites may be a real eneny.
4. Don’t buy a product by merely driving by the cute pictures or by preety commercials or by terms like “gourmet” , “natural” or “premium” , because these words may make a good advertisement but they don’t have any AAFCO recognised direction or guideline.
5. Compare the ingredients of various brands of processed dog food because it guides you to analyse between various dog food formulation.
6. Follow the basic feeding guidelines given on the label of the dog food bag /can you are buying.
Continuously monitor your dog’s health condition. Add or cut the amount of food You are feeding depending upon it.
7. Always buy latest available package of pet food. Check out the Manufacturing date and Best before date duly printed on the container label.Try to avoid exposure to sunlight,air and heat as it can detoriarate the quality or can even rancid the food.
Don’t forget to check that the can/bag is properly sealed and there is no hole in the container , i.e always buy an intact product.
Don’t buy a large size bag of dog food . It may save your money but not good for the health of your canine companion. Properly stored dog dry food should be used up within a couple of months once the package is opened.
Health issues of your pet dog and how to manage them
In spite of all your serious endeavor towards choosing an appropriate dog food and after being very much cautious about the amount and hygiene while feeding your furry friend to meet it’s proper nutritional need and other health requirements , it is quite natural for you to face some certain health issues of your cute pet canine. Here we shall discuss some diseases that are very common in pet dogs.
1. Loose stool :
If the pet is suffering from loose stool for a day with normal eating and acting, no need to worry much about that. But , if the dog frequently suffers from chronic Diarrhoea along with the presence of lathergy , stomach upset, low appetite, clinical investigation should be mandatory as prescribed by your veterinarian. As well as dietary alteration must be followed such as to adopt a grain free dog food.
2. Allergies :
If you find your dog scratching it’s hair coat or licking the paws more often than ever before, be sure that your pet has a particular food intolerance which is generally termed as food allergies. In that case , your veterinarian may suggest you to feed your dog a grain free diet. Sometimes main meal of your pet , such as , beef or chicken or fish may be responsible for the same. During the ailment phase it is recommended to avoid these items from daily diet .
3. Obesity and overweight :
As a pet owner always remember to maintain your dog’s weight as recommended by the veterinarian. Try to feel the pet’s ribs with your fingers while you are wading through its furry hair coat. Some specially formulated low fat food should be administered to loose weight as the dietary recommendation cited by your veterinarian. There is a variety of dog food S available in the market containing low fat ( fat %age <10% ) , high fat ( fat %age >20% ) and moderate fat ( fat %age 10% to 20% ). Now , for dogs suffering from obesity or issue of overweight should be given 9% to 12% fat content , i.e low fat to moderate fat dog food . Some popular dog food suitable for Overweight dogs are listed below:
A. NatUral choice Lg. breed , weight management
Protein- 54% , Fat – 13% , Kcal – 284/ can.
B. Wellness complete health natural Senior health
Protein- 21% , Fat – 10% , Kcal – 340/ can.
C. Annameat grain free lean dog food
Protein- 30% , Fat – 7%-9% , Kcal – 340/ cup.
D. Castor and Pollux ultramix weight management
Protein- 23.5% , Fat – 9.5% , Kcal – 340/ cup.
4. Pancreatitis :
A dog suffering from pancreatitis should be given a diet containing fat of 7% to 10%. Few symptoms ensures the issue of pancreatitis-
A. Poor hair coat.
B. Poor skin condition.
C. Tired all the time.
D. Perennial hunger.
20% – 30% protein packed food is ideal for pancreatitis striken dog.
5. diabetes :
A diet formulated with main ingredient of chickpeas, grains,fruits and vegetables is very helpful to fight diabetes because of thier low glycemic index value , low carbohydrate – low fibre-low fat combination. The listed dog foods seem to be helpful for your diabetic dog .
A. Wellness complete health natural senior recipe
Protein- 31% , Fat – 13% , Fibre – 13% , Kcal – 379/ can.
B. Live free dog lamb stew.
Protein- 44% , Fat – 22% , Fibre- 5% , Kcal – 375/ cup.
C. Holistic select natural grain free adult food
Protein- 32% , Fat – 14% , Fibre- .5% , Kcal – 376/ cup.
6. Heart disease :
A dog owner should always be aware of various signs of heart disease found in senior dog which includes,
A. Coughing : Occasional minor Coughing that lasts for a day or two is normal but if it continues for more than four days, it may a symptom of profound heart disease .
B. Breathing difficulty : Quick breathing , shortness of breath, painful breathing are the early signs of heart disease.
C. Behavioral changes : Less active, unwillingness to exercise or to attain affection.
A dog food recommended for a dog having heart disease should contain –
Meat protein ( at least 25% )
Sodium – 50mg to 80mg / 100 Kcal
Omega-3 fatty acid , Vitamin B , Magnesium etc.
Here we present some dog food that might be helpful for a senior dog suffering from heart disease.
A. Natural choice adult high endurance formula
Protein- 30% , Fat – 20% , Vitamin B, Taurine, L-Carnitine.
B. Castor & Pollux organic adult formula
Protein- 26% , Fat – 14% , Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids , Vitamin B.
C. Orijen adult dog food
Protein- 38% , Fat – 18% , Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids , Vitamin B.
7. Liver disorders :
Dog suffering from less appetite , frequent vomiting may be found suffering from the liver disorders.Gluten free and grain free diet is good for it.
The National canine cancer foundation renders following guidelines for early detection of cancer to achieve successful treatment and quick recovery.
A. Abnormal swelling is getting bigger in size.
B. Persistent sores.
C. Weight loss without any valid reason.
D. Bad body odor.
E. Bleeding from any orifice of body.
F. Unwillingness towards exercise.
The dog fighting against cancer should get the following ingredients in its daily diet,
A. Complex Carbohydrate < 25% which is found in pulsebeans, vegetables, fruits, legumes.
B. 30% – 45% protein Which comes from meat,chicken , fish etc.
C. 25% fat including Omega-3 fatty acids which comes from Cod liver oil , coconut oil etc.
The dog foods appended below may be helpful for a cancer fighting dog.
A. Solid gold barking in the moon Adult dog food
Protein – 41% , Fat – 20% , Carbohydrate – 21% , Kcal – 425/cup.
B. Orijen fridge dried regional red formula.
Protein – 36% , Fat – 35% , Carbohydrate – 17% , Kcal – 75/Medallion.
C. Ziwipeak grain free air dried formula.
Protein – 35% , Fat – 34% , Carbohydrate – 10% , Kcal – 665/cup.
9. Bladder Stone :
Different types of bladder stones are common in dogs that causes discolored urine or painful urination. Among them Calcium Oxalate Stone, Magnesium and Phosphate stones are mostly found.Low Calcium and low Phosphorus diet is beneficial along with medicines advised by your veterinarian.
10. Diarrhea :
Two types of Diarrhea are found in dogs.
A. Small bowel diarrhoea – Soft stool in large amount , few times daily.
Low fat diet is recommended during the bouts of Small bowel Diarrhea.
B. Large bowel Diarrhea – Frequent watery stool in small amount.
High fibre diet is beneficial for this phase.
Must seek and follow advice of veterinarian :
To eradicate any serious health issues of your pet dog , seek advice from an eminent veterinarian as soon as possible regarding the diet plan to be followed . It will positively help you to choose an appropriate dog food for your pet. We have tried to convey you contemporary research based general guidelines towards some serious health issues, but always keep it in your mind that your veterinarian possess much better knowledge and have provision for research work on dogs. Therefore an eminent veterinarian is best worthy to advise you to develop a diet plan for your most loyal companion under the sky.
Author’s bio : Subhra Prakash Halder is one of the eminent blogger in the new age blogger’s society. He is a regular contributor of www.trendingtop5.com. Beside a blogger he is an electronic engineer also.