Dogs require all the nutrients like that of the human race. A dog is said to have a healthy diet only when it is fed with foods that contain proteins, vitamins, fats, omega fatty acids, carbohydrates, minerals and water. The best ways to keep a dog healthy and fit is by providing a good balanced diet. A balanced diet for a dog refers to proper quantities of proteins, carbohydrates, sugars, magnesium and so on. Dogs can be fed with homemade foods like Yogurt which is rich in calcium. Flax seeds, salmons and sardines are rich in omega3 fatty acids that are essential for the maintenance of healthy and shiny dog coats.
Pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene and Sweet potatoes contain rich dietary fiber Vitamin B6, Beta Carotene and magnesium. Green beans are rich in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, magnesium, and fibre. This helps in maintaining a proper gastro intestinal system.
Eggs contain easily digestible proteins, riboflavin and selenium that aid bodybuilding. Brewer’s yeast, which is good for dogs’ coat and carbohydrate metabolism and Vitamin B, is preferred much by dogs. Apples are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and fibers and this promotes the improvement in the immune system of the dogs.
Oatmeal is rich in fiber and this promotes proper kidney functioning and lean meat is rich in all B vitamins, amino acids, and high proteins that promotes muscle build up and fitness. Research says that foods that has ingredients based on corn, provides poor diet. Fiber rich foods help to prevent constipation and diarrhea.
Proteins are often referred as the “building blocks” of a living system. In dogs, proteins enhance growth of bones and muscles. Hence, they have to be fed with foods that have rich protein content. As dogs are carnivores, they can be fed with animal proteins. Good diets are based on chicken or some other meat source such as lamb, beef. Imbalance of calcium and phosphorus in a dog’s diet would lead to health disasters. Since meat is high in phosphorus and lower in calcium, too much meat is not good for dogs over long periods.
Dogs require a good amount of fresh and clean water every day to keep them healthy and cool. Water is the most essential nutrients of all, as dogs cannot survive without water. Dogs should not be fed with caffeine or cocoa. It is very dangerous for dogs.
Homemade dog foods
However, homemade dog foods serve good for dogs it is advised not to rely much on them. Apart from these homemade dog foods, dogs can also be fed with commercial dog foods, which provide well-planned and balanced diet to the dogs. These foods must be checked for AAFCO certification. They are available in different plans based on the different stages of dogs’ life. They contain all the essential nutrients to the dogs and attract their taste buds too. You can also make your own dog food at home with the right ingredients and knowledge.
It is very essential to feed the pet with healthy food. Healthy food can prevent most of the diseases in dogs. A healthy diet will keep the dog healthy and fit.