For years pet owners didn’t give much thought to the nutrition of their dogs and cats. A simple bag of dried food was often enough to keep dogs healthy and well-fed. However, not all dog breeds are the same and the nutrition that is necessary for a Great Dane won’t be the same for a Chihuahua. Understanding the right food your pet requires is essential to leading a happy and healthy life. Today there are many options for dog food including food specially made for puppies and food that is better suited for older dogs. As dogs age their nutrition needs change and the more you know about your dog’s health the better chance you have of finding the right food for maintaining ideal weight and performance.
When you choose food for your pet dog there are several factors you need to keep in mind to ensure he is getting the right nutrition for his size. You are currently feeding your dog some form of food so a good plan is to list the health assets and problems with your dog. By making note of ear infections, chronically goopy eyes, a thinning coat, low energy and digestive issues you can begin to tell that what your pet is eating may not be right for him. If on the other hand your pet is happy and energetic chances are his diet is fine and won’t need to be changed.
In addition to maintaining proper weight, energy levels and overall health, pet nutrition is also linked closely with treating and preventing diseases. “Prescription” dog food diets have become rather popular as more pet owners take nutrition into consideration when caring for their pets. Studies have shown that improved dietary management can help a variety of diseases and illnesses including allergies, cancer, inherited metabolism disorders and kidney failures.