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Feeding Your Trusted Companions

September 19, 2013

Dry? Canned? Raw? Puppy? Adult? Senior?

Feeding your pets is becoming as confusing as feeding yourself.

A good diet will keep your trusted companion looking and feeling their best. Dog food companies make a variety of foods for all life stages. These provide your pet with the right amounts of essential proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals for their age group.

It’s best to establish a feeding schedule. Puppies to six months and toy breeds like poodles and Yorkies should eat three times a day; older dogs are usually fed twice a day. The best method is to put down a full food bowl for twenty minutes per feeding then remove it. They can consume all the calories they need during this time.  This is an excellent way for them to get the extra calories needed depending on the amount of exercise. Also they can consume extra calories to keep warm on these cold winter days.

Canned or dry foods both provide the right nutrients, so it’s more about the balance between what your dog likes, what’s more convenient and what’s best for healthy teeth.

A lot has been written lately about raw foods. You’d think things like raw meat and eggs would be more “natural.” After all, their cousins, wolves and coyote, eat their food raw. But domestication has made our dogs’ digestive systems more sensitive. Raw meat, poultry, and eggs may contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli that can make your dog very sick. Premium raw food dog diets are stringently prepared to lessen adverse effects so it’s best to always serve these diets when considering raw.

A healthy diet is the best way to increase you and your dog’s years together.

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