Basic ingredients in a dog’s diet

Basic ingredients in a dog’s diet
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Proper nutrition for your dog is the foundation of his health and proper functioning of his body. Every pet is different, but the composition of its food and nutritional requirements are the same, only the daily portion of food differs. We will tell you how to read the composition of dog food and what your dog’s daily meal should consist of

How should I choose my dog’s food?

Dog food, both wet and dry, should consist primarily of meat. But what is meat in dog food? Very often on the label of a dog food you will come across the heading: “meat and products of animal origin”. The number next to this entry is usually high, but does that mean the food is good? Unfortunately not. After the mentioned entry in the composition there is a specification that hardly anyone pays attention to: including (usually) 4% of meat. A food that contains only 4% meat cannot be a good source of energy and nutrients for your dog. Offal, which is also abundant in dog foods, is also not meat. However, a high offal content is not the worst thing, such food is not the best, but it is suitable for your dog. The food should have in the first place in its composition muscle meat, which is the basis of the dog’s diet. After the meat, there should be vegetables, then offal, and finally fruits and dietary supplements, such as flax or salmon oil. You can buy good quality food for your pet at

BARF diet

Are you familiar with the BARF diet? It’s an abbreviation in English that expands into Biologically Appropriate Raw Food, loosely translated: biologically appropriate raw food. The BARF diet is based on raw meat, bones and offal with the addition of vegetables and fruits and a variety of supplements. This food should consist of 60% meat and bones (raw, not heat-treated!), followed by 20% vegetables, 10% offal, and 10% additives, such as yogurt, eggs, algae, supplements, oils, and fruit. You can find plenty of resources on the internet about this, or you can schedule a consultation with a nutritionist who will create a diet for your dog. BARF feeding is a fantastic solution for dogs with allergies, because then you have full control over what goes into your dog’s bowl. If you’re afraid that feeding BARF will overwhelm you or you don’t feel like calculating the dosages of supplements and calorie meals, buy a mono-protein food for your dog, consisting only of meat that is not allergenic to your dog. A mono-protein food is for example:

What treats should I choose for my dog?

As a supplement to your dog’s daily diet, you should choose treats, dried or filleted meat. Dog treats should, like food, be grain-free and contain plenty of meat, but also herbs, additives and supplements. Snacks can also be functional, that is, support particular functions of the body, such as liver or kidney function, benefit the skin and coat, or have a calming effect. This is not a curative effect, of course, but it can effectively aid recovery or at least not harm it, so your dog will still be able to get treats, even when sick

Proper feeding of your dog should be taken care of throughout its life. Even young dogs can become seriously ill through poor nutrition, develop deficiencies in their bodies and suffer the dangerous consequences of your choices. Always read the composition of the food you give your pet, take care of it, regularly perform diagnostic tests and monitor the health of your pooch

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