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Tips to Share with Dog Parents

Giving a healthier ingredients can make a real difference in dogs. Here I want to share some tips with fellow dog parents who really want the best for their puppies.

1.Wash your dog’s food bowl and water bowl regularly.

Owners easily forget about the cleanliness of their dogs’ bowl and even don’t knDog how it can affect their pets’ health. Most of us would never think about using the same bowl for a week straight without washing it but many let their dog’s bowl sit on the floor without thinking twice. This allows bacteria to grow and can cause illness from contaminated dishes from a mild upset stomach to vomiting and diarrhea. Make sure to wash your dog’s bowl daily with dish soap and rinse thoroughly!

2.Beware of meat with accompanying word “meal”.

Meat meal, labeled on dog food ingredient lists such as “chicken meal” and “beef meal,” is a nicer way of saying it is “rendered” meat. This type of labeling is legal, but clearly misleading. Animal by-product include materials such as grease, blood, feathers, and entire carcasses.

3.Steer clear of preservatives.

To extend the shelf life of food allowing it to sit on a store shelf for months, most commercial pet food brands are forced to put a bunch of preservatives in their food. While natural preservatives exist, such as rosemary extract, many artificial preservatives can be toxic to dogs if used over a long period of time.

4.Foods to never feed your dog.

Most people are aware that chocolate is bad for dogs. However, you should also stay clear of onions, grapes and raisins, macadamia nuts, and bones! Bones can break and sliver and can puncture your dog’s intestinal tract or cause them to choke.

5.Home cooking is harder than you think.

Ensuring your dog is well nourished with human-grade does not just mean feed your dog food that you would eat or leftovers from dinner. Because dogs eat the same thing every meal it is extra important that their food is nutritionally balanced. A balanced diet must meet all of dogs essential vitamin, mineral, and amino acid requirements. It is best to either consult a vet and get a specific recipe to follow or choose a food that meets AAFCO requirements.

6.Keep your dog hydrated.

Generally speaking, dogs need between a half and a full ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. if your dog is active or lives in hot climate, maybe more. Fresh, natural food also keeps dogs more hydrated.

Do you know above tips? Are they useful to you? It’s wonderful that if you can share your tips with us.

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