Right now, many people around the world are holding on and managing to stay sane during the quarantine thanks to their pets. Let's be honest, our dogs are like our babies. We love to take care of them, and we all consider them as part of the family. So, it's important to make sure that they are staying healthy and getting enough nutrition in their diet.
Read on and learn more about the importance of monitoring your dog's diet.
Maintain Healthy Weight
One of the reasons why you should monitor your dog's diet is to avoid overfeeding your furry friend. Some dog breeds don't know when to stop; it's in their nature to just keep eating. You can see this commonly among different dogs that continue to eat as long as there is food in front of them. Since they don't know better, you should always make sure your dog is getting enough food based on their size, height, and weight. You should ask your vet and they will tell you how much you're supposed to feed them. Overfeeding can be very bad for their health because they would get too overweight and obese. This is bad for their bones, heart, and you could risk them getting joint pain, diabetes, and high cholesterol. So, make sure you don't overfeed your furry buddy at all.
Eliminate Harmful Ingredients
It's always important to understand the ingredients of the food you're giving to your dog. Whether it's canned wet food or dry kibble, you need to make sure that it has enough nutrients. Sodium, for instance, is okay in small doses, but too much of it can be dangerous, which is why you need to read the label before buying your dog's food. It's crucial to buy food that has a lower amount of sodium because sodium can increase your furry friend's blood pressure, make them bloated, and increase their risk of stroke or heart failure. So, when monitoring your dog's food, you want to be sure to buy the right kind that has minimal sodium, no hazardous flavoring agents, and no genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that can be bad for their stomach and overall health.
Additionally, you should look out for harmful chemicals and preservatives such as Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), and Ethoxyquin. These are three very common and very harmful preservatives found in many kibble and dog treats. Artificial food coloring can cause allergic reactions that vary in severity, so watch out for food dyes as well.
Enough Energy to Run Around
You should make sure that your dog is getting enough fat because some types of fat are quite beneficial. You need to monitor their diet to make sure they get enough healthy fats in their food to help with their eyes, fur, and skin. Also, dogs are very energetic creatures that love playing and running around. So, you need to make sure they have enough energy reserves that can keep them being happy and do what they love. Moreover, healthy fats can help your dog absorb certain fat-soluble vitamins. These are vitamins A, E, D, and K; they are needed for every dog to stay healthy. Protein is great for our dogs, but the essential fatty acids are needed in any dog's diet.
As we've mentioned before, dogs don’t have much self-control when it comes to some types of food. If it smells good, then it's fair game to them. But did you know that too much food or even certain, seemingly harmless foods like chocolate can make them extremely sick? This is very important to keep in mind as indigestion can be very painful for dogs. It would cause a nasty case of inflammation in their bowels and stomach; it's not a fun time for them at all. So, monitoring what they eat and making sure nothing is out in the open for them to grab is very important. Once you know that it won't be easy for them to get more food when they've already eaten enough or human food that isn't meant for them, then you can rest assured that they will stay safe, healthy, and happy.
Many dog owners unwittingly make mistakes that can be detrimental to their dog’s health. Pet care shouldn't be taken lightly if you want your dog to be happy, strong, and healthy. So, you need to monitor your dog's diet and ensure that they're getting enough vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to keep them happy, healthy, and in great shape.