DIET FOR A HEALTHY DOG
 
 Every dog needs energy
Like all animals, every dog needs fresh water, protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins. Proteins, fats and carbohydrates provide energy, minerals are essential for nerve and muscle function and vitamins help regulate your dog's metabolism, help convert fat and carbohydrates into energy and assist in forming bone and tissue.
 
 Stage of life
Your dog’s energy requirement and the amount he needs to eat depends on how active he is and his stage of life. If your dog is less active as he gets older, you may need to reduce his food ration a little (or put him on a lean or weight loss food) so that he doesn't become fat. Pregnant and lactating dogs also have a greater energy requirement.
 
 Canned or dry?
Choosing between canned or dry dog food largely depends on the individual dog. Though dry may be more economical and convenient, canned might be a tastier option. There are benefits to each. A combination of canned and dry could be ideal solution for your new dog. If in doubt, consult your vet.
 
 How much?
Once you've chosen a dog food, weigh him and then read the feeding guidelines provided on the package. Of course, each dog is unique, so use your judgement and adjust his feeding accordingly. If you notice any dramatic weight changes, speak with your vet.
 
 No table scraps

As much as you want to give your dog a treat, avoid feeding your dog table scraps; it encourages begging and because most table scraps are too fatty for your dog's digestive system, it can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and ultimately obesity or other health problems in the future.

 
 Vitamins and supplements?
Avoid over-supplementing your dog's diet with vitamins and minerals. Excess dietary supplements cause nutritional imbalance and medical disorders. Some vitamins and minerals are toxic in high dosages. If you feel your dog needs supplements, talk to your veterinarian first.
 
DOG CARE
Dog Coat Care & Grooming
Microchipping
Keeping Your Dog Warm
Dog Walks & Exercise
Diet for a Healthy Dog
 
   
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