We had a lot of fun in drawing up this next article. In our last article we made mention of the fact that through your ongoing reading practices you’ll always be discovering something new about yourself, your domestic surroundings and, most importantly of all, the welfare of your dog. Those ‘wow’ moments are with us too. Elsewhere, we were tasked with doing some extensive reading and research on natural dog food, and boy, did we make some surprisingly new discoveries of our own.
So, this is it then. We are going to share as much as we can on this essential topic of feeding your dog the right, health-oriented food. It goes without saying, and it’s not even an acknowledgement or admittance on our part, that there’s just so much information available on the net on this new, thought-provoking topic that we were never going to be able to include all of it in our modest little contribution. But there’s much you can add by way of your own further reading. Use the above heading’s opening keywords to jump-start your own further research.
For the time being, the next couple of bullets briefly reflect what we’ve found to be of interest in regard to the necessary focus on feeding dogs natural food only, or as far as possible. There is no argument that natural foodstuffs for dogs are streets ahead than the so-called supermarket sourced super-foods irresponsibly deemed good for dogs.
- Raw and frozen dog foods – Raw and frozen dog foods get this much right for your favorite household creature. It is able to preserve fresh, natural food for longer. But you need to be careful here. Make sure that you have used your frozen dog food well within the prescribed date on the frozen food package. All in all, the advantage of using frozen food is that there’s a better chance that you’ll be sourcing not just essential but better quality ingredients for your dog.
- Avoid BHA and BHT – These two ingredients are artificial preservatives. They serve absolutely no beneficial purpose towards enhancing the nutritional value of your dog food and, for that matter, ensuring that your dog is enjoying a healthy, balanced series of meals every day. Instead of these, go for natural ingredients which will include essential vitamins for your dog’s health. These vitamins include vitamins C and E.
- Include two to three proteins in your dog food – It is now strongly advised, now, more than ever before, to focus your protein sourcing on animal proteins, bearing in mind that your dog is still essentially a meat eater. While you may choose to go vegan some day, plant proteins will simply not be enough for your canine pet. But they can be added for its additional nutritional value to the dog’s daily diet. Animal proteins contain the dog’s essential amino acid. While there is a strong focus on meat for dogs, you can also include protein sources derived from fish and eggs, and other animal-based proteins.
Finally, no matter the size of your dog, make sure that its portions are measured carefully, ensuring that it doesn’t overeat. This can cause its stomach to bloat or distend. And stick to the three meals a day recommendation.