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Keeping your dog a healthy weight
10:54am Friday 4th October 2013 in Lifestyle
Your dog's diet affects every aspect of their physical and mental well-being. A healthy, balanced diet should incorporate protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water.
The dog is an omnivore meaning he can digest both meat and vegetables but a low quality food can be detrimental to your dog's health, providing them with "empty calories" without the nutrients required to maintain good health, energy levels and a healthy waistline size.
Your dog can't read labels or ask questions, so remember he is relying on you to make intelligent choices for him. A cheap dog food can be a false economy, as dog food labelled with generic proteins such as "meat" provide an unspecified nutritional value and can be bulked up with fillers such as corn, soy and wheat resulting in a feed which is lower quality, with less digestible ingredients. This can result in a dog which is either underweight and undernourished, or in some cases overweight but without the sufficient nutrients required for health.
Portion control and exercise In order to monitor your dog's diet, ensure you measure your dog's twice daily portions. Irregular portion size can lead to both weight loss and weight gain, so invest in a scoop and monitor exactly what your canine friend is receiving per day.
In order to maintain a healthy weight, remember regular exercise is required. Dog owner's sometimes underestimate the exercise needs of their dogs, with the average dog requiring 1-2 hours of exercise per day, dependent on breed, size and type.
A weighty issue If your dog is overweight, avoid feeding your dog scraps from your own meals. Though difficult to resist those big, sweet eyes peering up from under the dining room table, feeding your dog from the table provides him with an extra helping he doesn't need. If you can't resist giving your dog a treat from the table, stick to low fat, low salt and sugar foodstuffs such as green beans, carrots or lean meat.
Correct nutrition is a fundamental for keeping all dogs healthy, directly affecting your dog’s skin and coat, weight, energy level, and gastrointestinal function. If a problem occurs in one of these areas, it may be linked to improper diet. Choose high quality dog food and monitor both weight loss, weight gain, energy levels and general health and well being. It can also be beneficial to provide a supplement to support optimum health in the canine diet.
A range of canine and equine supplements are available from Scientific Nutritional Products manufacturing high-specification supplements without compromise, at exceptional value.
For more information visit the website http://www.horsesupplementsdirect.co.uk or telephone nutritional specialist Peter Fishpool on freephone 0800 032 7774 or 01377 254900 to receive one-to-one advice for your dog.
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