Just like their owners, dogs need a balanced diet to keep them healthy and prevent inflammation and chronic disease. More specifically, they need macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) for energy and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) to support the healthy functioning of their body.
As a pet-owner and veterinarian for over twenty years now, I’m naturally curious about anything that impacts the health and wellbeing of our pets. However, if I had to zoom in on one area that I think deserves a little more attention, it would have to be gut health.
Just like us, dogs are what they eat. learning the truth about your dog’s diet and making simple can prevent you and your pooch from a lot of suffering, and also save yourself a fortune in vet bills. Here are 10 important and scary truths you may not know about what your dog’s diet.
Your dog’s diet is the focal point of ensuring their good health and quality of life. Paying attention to what and how you feed your dog will not only benefit their overall healthy but will boost their immune system and help them to stay active.
It is said that owning a dog is making a commitment to heartbreak given their significantly shorter lifespans. The sad reality is that so many dogs pass away prematurely from preventable diseases and illnesses.
Dog obesity is one of our most prevalent problems. Excessive portion sizes and the type of food you feed has a huge effect on your dog’s health and lifespan. The dangers of a dog being overweight from a poor diet are similar to human lifestyle illnesses and include diabetes, cancer, liver kidney, and thyroid disease. All of these may be preventable.
As we struggle to maintain optimal wellness ourselves, I can’t help but think that we have simply transferred these poor choices onto our pooches. Whilst I understand our difficulty in breaking our own addiction with sugar and the preoccupation with fast and often delicious foods, our dogs are not humans and do not need to join us in the consumption of these marginalised foods.