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How to Feed Your Dog and What to Avoid

Mikkie Mills Dec 05, 2019
Being a dog owner is a big responsibility, but it can also be one of the most rewarding experiences ever. One of the biggest problems dog owners face is the subject of food. There is a lot of conflicting information out there. What is OK to feed your dog and what things are best avoided? Here are a few basics to remember when choosing to feed your dog.

Balance Is the Key

Your dog will most likely have certain preferences as to which types of wet and dry food he or she prefers. One way to help with that in the case of dogs that only seem to like a narrow scope of foods is giving your dog health supplements. Products like Dr Marty Pets ensure that your little beast gets all the vitamins and nutrients he or she needs.

Check the Ingredients

Read the ingredients on the food you are considering. One current trend is making sure your dry food is grain-free. Things like brown rice have a lot of nutritional value. Grain-free products usually are higher in proteins and vitamins and lower in carbohydrates than products containing rice, barley, and other grains.

Scraps Are OK in Moderation

The fact is, giving your little beggar a treat from your own plate can be a nice reward on occasion. A good practice is to give him or her any table scraps using the dedicated dog food bowl instead of by hand at the table. There are foods that are very bad for your dog, so be sure to avoid things like chocolate, onions, garlic, grapes, and alcohol.

Food Categories

Another factor to consider is the different types of dog foods available that are geared towards dogs of specific ages. The needs of a puppy are nutritionally different than a dog in his or her later years, as the needs of large breed dogs are different from the needs of very small dog breeds. Just pay attention to the ingredients.