As dog parents, we do everything we can to give our dogs the life they deserve and give them the best healthy foods we can buy. We know that diet plays an important role in keeping our dogs healthy, but the general diet alone cannot make a difference.
Although a poor diet can cause tons of health problems including diabetes, obesity, joint, and heart problems, there are other things to keep in mind, for instance, the vast number of dog foods available in the market. How do you know which one is best for your dog? A good diet should help your dog achieve the following:
1. Healthy energy levels
Dogs need a good amount of protein to power through the day as their energy comes from proteins. Make sure your dog’s diet has a healthy and right amount of protein to help keep them energized.
2. Keeps their coat healthy
A dog with a dull, greasy or flaky coat is not receiving the right amount of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Make sure your dog’s diet has the right amount of these nutrients because they keep your dog’s coat healthy, helps them control allergies and inflammation and keeps their joints and organs healthy.
3. Strong teeth and healthy gums
A diet that has the right amount of calcium and phosphorus will help dogs fight oral health problems like gingivitis, bad breath, tartar, tooth decay, and tooth loss. Chronic dental problems can lead to kidney, heart and liver failure so it’s important that your dog’s diet has the right amount of calcium and phosphorus they need for strong teeth and healthy gums.
4. Healthy digestion
A healthy dog diet should consist of prebiotics, probiotics and additional fiber. Say no to dog foods that have artificial colorings, flavors, and additives as they can damage your dog’s digestive tract leading to gastrointestinal problems. A healthy dog who eats a healthy diet has regular, well-formed and consistent poop, never runny nor hard. So keep an eye on your dog’s poop to see what’s happening with his gut.
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