Your dog depends on all the necessary requirements. Proper nutrition is essential for a healthy pet to help fight diseases and illnesses, maintain lean, healthy weight, and give a furry friend a shiny coat.
Every dog is different, and the dog's lifestyle (active or sitting? Young or old? Hunting dog? Racing dog? Dog dog? Healthy? Pregnant?)
When to feed your dog, it's an important first question. Puppies need a lot of calories a day because they grow so fast. It is best to feed your puppy's small meals several times a day. Most adult dogs only eat once a day to maintain their energy and nutrient levels. If you work all day and no one is with your dog, it is probably best to eat in the evening, so you can leave it after eating. But the morning nutrition schedule is fine when someone is at home with the dog during the day.
At any time of day your dog separates, consumes six essential nutrients every day to balance his needs: water, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, and vitamins.
Water is key. Your new best friend needs a lot of fresh water every day … this is one of the most important things you can do for your dog. While a dog can go for a while without food, it dries quickly without water. This is especially important during the summer months when your dog is out of heat. We can't stress enough how important it is to have a fresh bowl of water for your dog. (Medium sized dogs need to use water twice a day!)
If your dog is a normal, healthy, healthy dog, it only requires a small amount of protein per day. However, young and active dogs need more protein for growth, and older active dogs need more protein. Proteins that your dog feeds must come from animal sources.
Carbohydrates help the dog with energy and help maintain proper bowel function. Most commercial dog food uses corn as a source of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are as important as 50% of the Fido diet.
Fats are an essential part of the dog's diet, but should be well balanced with other nutrients. If your dog is fed the right amount of good, commercial dog food, you should get the right amount of fat in your diet.
Your dog doesn't need many minerals. As long as you are feeding a complete and balanced diet, there is no need to supplement the minerals. Most commercial dog food provides the minerals it needs.
Dogs require the same vitamins as their food, except for vitamin C (dogs are able to make their own vitamin C). Water-soluble vitamins (such as B vitamins) should be filled daily. Fat-soluble vitamins (such as A, E, K, and D) stay longer in the dog's system. It is important for your dog to maintain a healthy diet to maintain serious health problems.
For more detailed information and recommendations on the nutritional needs of a given dog, contact your veterinarian.