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Where’s the Beef?

dog wash in EvergreenProtein is an extremely important part of your dog’s daily intake of food, because only protein ensures he has necessary amino acids, essential energy and the nutrients to grow and develop properly. Because of your dog’s design, what he will prefer are meat-based dog foods. When you research different brands, check the ingredient list. Does it list organ meat and other meats, or only meat fat?

The best thing for your dog is to offer him a variety of food. This is easily accomplished by switching between dry kibble and high-protein canned food. You can also offer high-protein treats during the day. Another great option is leftovers. Dogs love cooked chicken, beef or pork, but it’s critical that these foods do not contain onion or garlic, and are unseasoned to avoid stomach upset.

It’s also extremely important to know the daily recommended amount of protein for your pooch’s diet. You can check Dogma’s website here for a wonderful variety of high-protein foods. If you’re struggling with how much to feed, come on in to Dogma™ and Craig can do an analysis of your dog (weight, age, activity level, breed) and help you design the optimum diet for him.

 

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Rotational Diet

A rotational diet for your dog is based on the idea that more variety will provide better overall health for your pet. Unlike a conventional feeding plan where the same food is served at each meal, diet rotation involves varying a dog’s menu on a daily, weekly, or other periodic basis.

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You don’t eat the same thing day in and day out, so why should your dog? By varying the proteins, veggies and fruits your dog eats, he will receive a more diverse and complete micro-nutrient intake from his food.

There are several benefits to a rotational diet for your pet, including a variety of new flavors and textures, which makes your dog less finicky, and a decrease in the risk of allergies by regularly switching protein sources. A rotation diet reduces the risk of intolerances because any one specific protein is not being overfed so the body does not become sensitive.

There’s really no right or wrong way to implement a rotational diet. Just offer various proteins (e.g. beef, chicken, and salmon) and forms (raw, dry, cans and fresh) to your pet. All foods can be rotated daily, weekly or monthly, based on what’s most convenient for you. It’s all about giving your pet something different, instead of the same old thing. It’s easy to start. Just buy a few different foods (some raw, some canned, some dry, with different ingredients) and begin rotating. You can even add in fruits and veggies, like bananas and carrots.Your pooch will be excited about eating again!

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Better Life, Friends For Life

 

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