Good Nutrition For Dogs
Sound nutrition for your dogs means avoiding supplements, raw meats, chocolates, table scraps, milk etc.
Commercial pet foods are balanced diets as they are tried and proven foods on pets using feeding trials. When you're feeding your pet dog using an established brand name, it is unnecessary to supplement your dog's diet. Supplements may pose health risks and are hazardous to your dog's health. Leave it to your veterinarian to prescribe any supplements if your pet has a diet deficiency or problem.
It is inadvisable to give your dog excessive calcium in the form of supplements as it should obtain its calcium intake naturally through increased food consumption. This is to prevent upsetting the ratio of minerals in its diet. Too much calcium is out of proportion with the other minerals and results in interference with the proper utilization of calcium and other related minerals. Bone abnormalities result from mineral overdoses.
Vitamins are also hazardous to your pet's health as excessive doses create toxicity for it. Signs of toxicity depend on what vitamin has been fed excessively to your dog. Usually, dog owners add liver as a supplement to pet food. Over prolonged time, Vitamin A toxicity results. The symptoms that show up are poor growth, impaired reproduction and vision problems.
Dogs are domesticated animals and don't require being fed raw meat. Raw animal products contain internal parasites such as salmonella. This may cause diarrhea and other diseases.
It is unwise to feed your dog raw eggs. These contain salmonella, too. This parasite is dangerous to both pet and owner. Feed your dog eggs cooked in any style. Be wary of undercooked eggs as raw egg whites have an enzyme which kills biotin in your dog. Biotin shortage will cause skin and hair coat problems. The dog's skin becomes inflamed and its hair drops.
Milk is not healthy for adult dogs as they are lactose intolerant. They can't absorb this milk protein and consequently suffer diarrhea. Give your dog plenty of water and only small amounts of milk.
A dog can develop a sweet tooth too. Play it safe by never giving your dog sweets and chocolates. They promote tooth decay and gum disease. Remember that dogs don't get to brush their teeth. Chocolates are especially toxic to dogs as they contain theobromine. When a dog eats a large enough quantity of theobromine, toxicity signs appear. The dog will then vomit, pant, suffer diarrhea, muscle tremors, restlessness and incontinence. Medical attention is necessary to save its life.
Please avoid feeding your dog leftovers or table scraps. This makes the bad habit of spoiling the dog with a variety of food, after which he will be bored with his own pet food and insist on eating what you are eating. Besides, your food may be too spicy or contain food chemicals which may cause problems for your dog. Bad habits are tough to break and the dog may show bad behavior like begging for food whenever you eat something. It may even steal food whenever it gets the opportunity to do so.