Nutrition for Dogs: the good, the bad and the ugly

Nutrition is the foundation to optimum wellbeing for your dog. Here are some basic tips to help make informed decisions.

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Advertising can lead you astray and many dog owners who care so much for and love their dogs do not realise they are actually sending their dog to an early grave or exposed to a health crisis. The rise in diseases such as cancer, heart disease and arthritis has a direct link to foods consumed.

Convenience foods are dangerous if fed long term

It is certainly convenient to have a 20kg bag of food or many tins of food and we simply empty these products into a plate, supply a bowl of water and job is done – or is it? Is that a responsible way of feeding the family dog? Would you feed your children the same food, the same brand, day in day out?

Common-sense analysis

By using common-sense we are able to help our dog achieve optimum wellbeing, however you may need a little assistance in gathering information to help you make informed decisions. The foundation of a good diet for the dog is to follow some basic steps. These are:

What meat is the best meat?

What fibre is good?

What would a balanced meal look like?

The answers are quite simple. The best meat to feed the dog is kangaroo, the best fibre is in the form of oats and fruits and vegetables and a balanced diet would have each of these with the addition of fresh water.

Food can help the body to thrive or die

The question that is often posed is which fruits and vegetables? Carrot and apple is a great starting point. Although there are many and this article is too short to include them all, however these two are great. The additional question is ‘in what form should I offer these foods? Great question; grated, pulped or juiced.

Learning about nutrition can help your dog achieve optimum well-being and save you veterinarian bills.

Join Dr Sandi Rogers for a series of 5 webinars; An Introduction to Canine Nutrition, commencing Friday evening the 7th February for 5 weekly sessions.