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Feeding Your Dog a Healthy Diet

Dogs are an important part of the family for many pet owners and part of keeping them healthy is feeding them a healthy, nutritious diet. Feeding your dog a healthy diet can go a long way in prolonging their lives and providing a better quality of life. There are many foods that can be dangerous for dogs and should be kept out of their diets. In addition to knowing what foods are safe for your dog it is also important to know how much to feed them and how often to maintain a healthy weight. In addition to food, water is essential for a healthy diet and as such dogs should always have access to fresh water.

Dogs are normally good at regulating their own water intake. Generally, dogs should drink approximately one ounce of water for each pound they weigh every day. While dogs will normally regulate their own intake, owners should keep an eye on water consumption as changes in drinking habits could indicate a health problem. If you notice changes in drinking and eating habits, you should contact your veterinarian.

How Much to Feed Your Dog

Lots of dogs would eat all the time if they could. Making food available to your dog all day could lead to overeating which could eventually result in obesity and other health problems. A dog's caloric needs will vary with activity level, age, and size so there is not necessarily a precise answer for how much to feed your dog. If your dog has a trim figure and is energetic, they are likely eating the right amount of food. Most food packages will offer recommendations on how much you should feed your dog but it is important to keep in mind that these are just general guidelines. In general, dogs should be fed twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening. Puppies may need to eat more often so consult with your veterinarian. When you regulate your dog's food intake, it is easier to monitor their feedings and in turn their health.

Controlling Weight

One of the most serious medical problems that faces dogs currently is obesity. A rounded abdomen and jiggly flank folds can indicate that a dog is overweight. To keep dogs from becoming overweight, portion control, adequate exercise and a healthy diet are incredibly important. You should also refrain from feeding dogs any sort of table food as it can be very unhealthy and possibly even dangerous.

Dangerous Foods for Dogs

When you think of dangerous foods for dogs, the first thing that comes to mind is probably chocolate. In addition to chocolate being dangerous for dogs, there are a whole host of other foods that can also pose health risks. Dogs should never be fed chocolate, alcohol, grapes, onions, mushrooms, raisins, and tomatoes. Milk products should also be avoided as dogs are lactose intolerant, as should the ingredient xylitol which is found in many types of gum and candy. These are just some of the foods that can be dangerous for dogs to consume. Your veterinarian can provide more information on foods that can cause serious health issues.

Keeping Your Dog's Coat Shiny

A healthy, nutritious diet is an important part of a shiny, healthy coat. Dull coats can result from nutritional deficiencies so making sure your dog is consuming healthy fats will help them maintain a shiny, healthy coat. Good dog food will contain the essential fatty acids and other ingredients that are necessary for maintaining a shiny coat.

Pets are considered a part of the family for most people, and you want to do everything you can to keep them healthy and happy. A healthy diet is a big part of your dog leading a healthy, and happy life.

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