Want a healthy dog? Feed them well by Kevin Anderson

We love our dogs here at Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort…and it shows.  Our neighbors can be seen walking, running, and biking with their dogs year-round.  We want to help keep our people and dogs healthy and a healthy dog diet is important.

Is it OK to give them table scraps?

Dogs will beg, and it’s alright to feed them scraps occasionally.  A healthy dog diet will allow only 10% or less of their food to be scraps.  Giving them more than this could cause your dog to become overweight or even a picky eater.  Foods to always avoid are chocolate, grapes, onions, raisins, and garlic…they can be dangerous to a dog.

AC4D93Is Adult Food Really Different than Puppy Food?

Yes — Puppy food is more calorie and vitamin rich than adult food. Feed Fido puppy food until he is a year old.  Also, choose a food made for the size of your breed.   You can feed large breeds puppy food up to a year and half.

Should I Change Dog Food?

Dogs can and do get used to eating the same food daily as do their stomachs.  However, changing foods to fast may be problematic.  If you are going to change the food blend the new with the old over 4 to 7 days while increasing the new to old ratio.  Also, don’t change too often.  This also could lead to weight issues or pickiness.  A good idea is to use 2 or 3 good brands and rotate them every 3 to 4 months.

DogFoodArticle-wet_vs_dryWhich should I choose..Dry Food or Wet?

The truth is neither is more healthy than the other.  Both can provide a healthy dog diet.  If your dog is a picky eater then canned wet food may be tastier.  On the other hand dry food is less expensive and makes for dry feces and easier clean up.

How Much Should I Feed My Dog?

Always check the label instructions.  Then adjust the amount based on how lazy or active your dog is.  If your dog spends his time chasing rabbits he could need as much as 40% more than the recommended amount.  Conversely, if he spends his time sleeping then 10% less may be more appropriate.  Also, adult dogs can be fed once or twice a day.

Orijen-Puppy-LargeWhat Should I Look for on the Label?

Always look for the words  “complete and balanced nutrition.”  This means your dog won’t need additional vitamins or supplements. Another important item is AAFCO (the American Association of Feed Control Officials) certification which guarantees the food meets nutritional standards.  Also, a healthy dog diet usually include foods that have higher protein and vegetable content as opposed to corn or wheat.

healthy dogIs My Dog’s Food Healthy?

A basic way to determine whether a healthy dog diet exists is by answering the following questions?  Does Fido have a shiny coat? ..healthy skin?  Is his energy good compared with breed and age characteristics?  Are his stools brown and firm? Is his weight healthy?  If you answered yes then you are most likely on the right track…if not get your vet’s opinion.

Let us know if this was helpful OR if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.  We’d love to hear from you.  Post to comments or contact us.

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