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How to feed a healthy dog

Selection and preparation of dog food

If you want your dog to be healthier, a sensible diet is the only way to make it nutritionally balanced. Not only are there some foods that you can't let your dog eat more of, but there are even some foods that your dog can't touch.

Understanding dog food

Dog food is specifically for dogs to eat nutritious food, can provide a variety of nutrients needed for dog growth and development and health. There is a very interesting story about the origin of dog food. 1860, an American electrician named James Spratt went to London to sell lightning rods, and happened to find his dog very fond of eating the sailor's leftover cookies when he was on board. After arriving in London, he made the dog food we see today from a mixture of wheat flour, meat and vegetables. After so many years of continuous development and improvement, dog food has the advantages of comprehensive nutrition, high digestion and absorption rate, easy to feed, scientific formula, quality standards and can prevent some diseases. The types of dog food are also becoming more and more diverse, and can be broadly divided into two categories: puffed food and steamed food.


Understanding dog food

The material components in dog food are mainly corn, dehydrated poultry meat, beet pulp, egg powder, soybean oil and so on. The average value of the percentage of each of these components is Protein: 32% fat: 4% to 12% crude ash powder: 6.3% crude fiber: 2.8% calcium: 1.0% phosphorus: 0.85%.

There are many types of dog food, so there is no uniform classification standard. The following is a brief description of the two more common classification methods.

First, according to the moisture content, dog food can be divided into: dry, semi-dry, soft and wet type and wet type four.

Second, according to the dog's physiological stage can be divided into: puppy dog food, adult dog food, pregnancy dog food, lactation dog food, old age dog food. In addition, it can also be divided according to the functional use of dog food, nutrient content, brand origin and other criteria. All of the above are finished dog food, bought directly for the dog to eat. In addition to the finished dog food, the owner can also choose homemade dog food.

In addition, the dog food can also be divided according to the functional use, nutrient content, brand origin and other criteria.

All of the above are finished dog food, bought directly for the dog to consume. In addition to the finished dog food, the owner can also choose homemade dog food.

Whether it is finished dog food or homemade dog food, it should be made in accordance with a certain formula to ensure that the various nutrients required by the dog are balanced and reasonable. The formula of dog food is not a simple mixture of various ingredients, but a complex nutritional mix with scientific proportions designed by professionals according to the different types of dogs, different physiological stages, and different nutritional requirements. If it is homemade dog food, the formula should also be adjusted according to the situation, with the right ingredients.


Understanding dog food

Finished dog food use points

Feeding dogs with finished dog food is more convenient and nutritionally balanced, so most dog owners choose to feed their dogs with finished dog food. However, the formula of different dog food is different, the ratio of nutrients is not the same, the effect achieved is not the same. Dogs in the young stage, the body needs to develop, need a lot of protein and calcium, with food should be high in protein and calcium content of food. And in the aging stage of the dog, with food should increase the proportion of protein and vitamins, and increase the intake of water.

Therefore, before choosing dog food, take into full consideration the dog's current condition, whether it is a puppy or an adult, a large dog or a small dog, which nutrition is currently lacking, etc.

Do not choose dog food blindly. Finished dog food bags have detailed product information, such as the applicable stage, product ingredients, food exchange methods, shelf life, etc. Read the product description on the dog food bag carefully before choosing, see what type of dog it is suitable for, and then select the right dog food according to your dog's situation. The right dog food is very important to your dog's health, and if you pick a dog food that is not suitable for your dog, it may have a negative impact on your dog's development and health.

In addition, it should be noted that finished dog food generally contains less water, so you need to give your dog extra water.

How to make homemade dog food?

Some people believe that homemade dog food is not nutritionally complete, but that is not accurate. Researchers have found that dogs of the same sex, 45 days old, eat homemade dog food completely compared to bought dog food, the dogs who ate homemade dog food had better coats, bigger bodies, healthier bodies and greater endurance. As you can see, the key is not the source of the dog food, but whether the nutrition is comprehensive and balanced, both in the right amount and appropriate.

However, homemade dog food needs to be based on a good understanding of your dog's nutritional needs, the nutritional value of different foods, and your dog's own eating habits. Homemade dog food also involves methods of food preparation and storage, which requires a lot of time, experience, and expertise.

The following recipes are recommended for owners who want to make their own dog food.
① Chicken rack 60%, potato 10%, millet 10%, chicken liver 10%, nori 10%.
② 60% lamb stuffing, cabbage 10%, millet 10%, carrot 20%, garlic one clove.
③ Ground pork 60%, pork blood 30%, millet 10%, garlic one clove.
④ 60% beef, 15% carrot, 10% purple cabbage, and 15% chard. Feed a separate egg on one of the two days of the week and a separate pork vertebra with meat, preferably in large pieces, on one of the two days of the week. All of the above foods must be cooked for the convenience of the dog.

Feed one egg on two days of the week and one pork vertebra with meat on two days of the week, preferably in large pieces. All of the above foods should be cooked for the dog's convenience.


make homemade dog food

Misconceptions about dog food feeding

Is feeding dog food simply putting dog food in a dog bowl? Many people do this by putting the dog food in the dog bowl and then leaving it alone, which is actually not true. For many dogs, they can't control how much they eat, especially puppies. You feed your dog as much as you want and often act like you still want to eat. This is actually a normal phenomenon for dogs to show their desire for food, not that they are not full. If owners cannot recognize this phenomenon and continue to feed their dogs, it will have a bad effect on their dogs' health.

Feeding your dog in an incorrect way is tantamount to murder. The following are a few things that are easy to overlook when feeding your dog.
① Feed your dog with finished dog food without heating. If it is a canned dog food, just opened without heating, because before sealing the can is strictly sterilized, just feed the dog directly. If the dog food in the can is not finished, put it in the refrigerator for storage, then when you take it out again, you can heat it up and then feed it, the temperature can be heated to 50 ℃.
② Food with high salt content can not be fed, such as salted fish, shrimp, bacon, etc.. The right amount of salt can replenish the dog's body needs, but the intake of too much salt is very dangerous for dogs and can lead to hair loss and some skin diseases.
③ Spicy food such as chili, mustard, etc. should not be fed to dogs, which can lead to oral and intestinal ulcers. Food containing onions can not be fed either, onions are strongly toxic to the dog's blood.

Dogs are not only pets, but also our important companions. In the feeding process, we must be more careful and avoid some misunderstandings to ensure that the dog grows up healthy.

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