Tips For Buying Dog Food
Making sure that your dogs are sufficiently well-fed daily is just one of the basic needs to ensure because aside from a non-sedentary lifestyle, your furry friend needs proper and correct nutrition to keep them healthy, happy and coats that are soft and glossy. While most people think that the cost and the name brand of the food are what defines its quality (well, unless your dogs can read) – it is not the best way to determine its quality. The best way to find out which is the best food for your dog is to observe the way they response to the chow they take in.
If you are unsure how to begin, we have laid out a few easy and simple to follow instructions to help you determine what’s best for them.
Chocolate is lethal to dogs
Yes, your favourite after dinner dessert is actually harmful to dogs, especially dark chocolate. The major components methylxanthine alkaloids and theobromine in a regular chocolate are digested & excreted by humans in as little as 3 hours but the same compounds, when ingested by dogs, stays inside them for 18 hours – this means it is fatal to them.
If you ever encounter your dog having symptoms such as vomiting, excessively urinating, hyperactivity, diarrhea that followed by having seizures, coma and death – your dog most probably is encountering what we call a chocolate poisoning and immediate medical attention should be given.
Read the label
Dogs require a rich meat diet so when purchasing canned foods, always look for chicken, turkey meat, pork meals and or other animal by-products. Keeping such a diet will help maintain your dog’s coat smooth and healthy.
Complement your dog’s food palate with a high vegetable protein level whenever you can. These are easily digestible and are a great source of energy.
Want to know what kind of nutritions Mikana dog food has? Read our labels via: mikanapet.com/dog/.
Don’t give a dog a bone
No matter what we hear or heard, feeding bones to your dog is not a good idea. Small soft bones gnawed and eaten by dogs can feel like splinters inside their throats which will cause them to choke. It is always good to keep in mind that dogs have short digestive tracts and they have no saliva amylase which is an enzyme that helps to pre-digest starch.
Food supplements are unnecessary
If your dog maintains a regular intake of complete and balanced food nutrients that are right for them, you can skip the food supplement. Feeding your dog rice, corn, oatmeal or wheat can be a good source of carbohydrate. A highly specialised nutrition is only necessary if your dog do not get enough physical activity or are currently undergoing a stressful routine change. Try supplements like Bexton to keep your dog healthy.
A big no-no to raw fish and eggs
Contrary to popular beliefs, allowing your dog to consistently consume raw eggs can make your dog’s skin breakout. To explain this easier, eggs diminish the biotin available in their body which in turn causes them to suffer from dermatitis and hair loss.
As for raw fish can lead to thiamine-deficiency in dogs which usually causes a loss of appetite, abnormal posture, weakness and in some major cases – death.