Health begins in the bowl: A balanced diet keeps you fit and healthy – this applies not only to us humans but also to our dogs.
Nutrition of the dog
Dogs are hunters. Their diet would look similar in the wild: not only the captured animals, but also their intestinal contents and, if necessary, plants, berries, or fruits would be destroyed. Basically, dogs need a balanced ratio of around 25 different nutrients and vital substances, in particular highly digestible protein for growth, muscles, and metabolism as well as carbohydrates and fats as energy suppliers.
The right mix of feed is important
So that the dog’s body can really utilize these substances, they must be included in the right amount and mixed in the daily food. If you want to prepare your pet’s meals yourself, you have to be very knowledgeable. Alternatively, high-quality ready-to-eat food that contains all the necessary building blocks, including vitamins and minerals, is a good idea. Chocolate, sweets, or human leftovers are taboo.
Dog’s needs change with age
In addition, since the nutritional needs of each animal are different due to its age, you should use food that is specially tailored to your pet’s age. Illnesses, allergies, or other circumstances sometimes require you to follow a specific diet – your veterinarian will advise you on this.
Variety puts a strain on the digestive system
Otherwise, it is actually sufficient if you decide on a high-quality type of feed. Well-intentioned variety can do more harm than good: every change between types of food with different quality also puts a strain on the digestive system. If anything, the switch should be done slowly, gradually mixing in the new food with the old one.