Healthy eating is not only important for us humans. Dogs also benefit greatly from following the proper nutritional habits. This not only gives them a shiny coat and healthier bones, but can also extend the lifespan of your precious four-pawed loved ones. We are about to go over a few simple ways that you can start helping your furry friends get their nutrition on.
What’s In Your Dog Food?
This might be an obvious place to start, but it’s an important one. Check the list of ingredients on the back of your dog food. Look for recognizable ingredients. Do you see a lot of naturally-occurring ingredients or do you see a lot of synthetic, chemical, and/or processed items? Make sure there is a whole-protein source, a minimum of added starches, and essential vitamins and minerals If you found your dog’s current food to be lacking in some of these areas, you might want to consider changing which brand of dog food you use. Sites like dog food advisor will help you find one that fits a healthier profile for your dog.
Slow Down The Eating Process
If your dog is anything like mine, they shovel their food down in a matter of seconds with reckless abandon. Impressive? Definitely. Healthy for your dog’s digestive system? Not so much. If your dog fits this profile, there are steps you can take to help slow down their eating during meal times. The first thing you can try is using a dog food bowl with ridges in the bottom. This makes your dog work for the food so that they can’t swallow so much at once. Another method is to feed your dog in pulsed intervals. Instead of giving your dog their food all at one time, you can stagger feeding times so that their digestive system does not get overloaded.
Keep Dogs Separated At Meal Time
If you have more than one dog, it might be tempting to feed them at the same time, which of course saves you time. However, it is best to separate your dogs during feedings. This will eliminate territorial behavior, competitive eating impulses, and reduces stress and anxiety that may otherwise be placed on your dogs during meals.
These are just a few tips to get you started creating a meal strategy that will ensure your dog is eating healthy. There are plenty more tips to improve your dog’s diet out there you can start to add along the way as well.
To your dog’s health!