What Ingredients to Look for in Your Dog Food to Keep Your Pup Happy and Healthy

Different dogs have different nutritional needs, that’s why it’s important to find the right dog food to keep them healthy. But with so many different brands of dog food, finding the right one can be overwhelming. Because we believe in promoting a healthy life for our canine companions, we wanted to help with some great tips on what ingredients to look for in your dog food to keep your pup happy and healthy.

Check the Ingredients

Making sure your pet is eating well and getting the vitamins and nutrients they need is an important part in ensuring they lead a happy, active lifestyle. But how do we make sure what they’re eating has the right stuff? Knowing what to look for is important, but often the easiest place to start is looking at the list of ingredients. Companies are required to list the ingredients that go into their product, and with dog food, ingredients are listed by weight. This means heavier ingredients like proteins will be at the top, while nutrients and vitamins will be listed at the bottom.

What to Look For

Protein, vegetables, whole grains, fat and omega 3 fatty acids are all important parts of your dog’s diet, so it’s important to make sure they’re among the listed ingredients in your dog food. But how they’re listed is important too, so here’s what to look for to make sure your pup is getting quality ingredients.

Protein

Beef, lamb, and chicken provide amino acids that help dogs live happy, healthy lives. Do make sure to avoid anything with vague descriptions such as “meat,” as these likely from a low-quality source.

Whole Grains

Like humans, dogs’ bodies metabolize carbohydrates from grains and utilize them as a source of energy. True gluten allergies are rare in dogs, so make sure they’re included on the ingredients list.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are a great source of vitamins and antioxidants, so keep an eye out for ingredients like blueberries, pomegranate and tomato pomace. Pumpkin is also a great source to keep their digestive tract moving well. 

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 fatty acids are key for healthy skin and brain function. Look for salmon oil and flaxseed on the ingredients list.

If you’re having trouble deciding on the right food for your dog, researching different brands can provide the information you need. Company sites are a great way to find information on sourcing and quality control. But for expert advice, we recommend consulting with your local vet.

Eating and Living Well the Dog Day Way

At Dog Day, Every Day! we believe in promoting a healthy lifestyle for our furry friends, that’s why we work hard to create a positive, active environment that promotes their well-being. We provide a wide range of services that cater to each dog’s unique needs. So, enroll today or call us at 513-860-DOGS (3647).

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Medical Tips for Your Dog

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Medical Tips for your dog

Our dogs are our best friends. Whether it’s greeting us when we come home after a long day or snuggling with us on the couch, they’re there for us. Here at Dog Day, Every Day! we believe that part of keeping our canine companions happy is to keep them in tip-top shape, that’s why we wanted to share these medical tips for your dog.

Healthy Living Starts with Eating Right

Did you know that one ounce of cheese fed to a 20-pound dog is the caloric equivalent of a person eating two hamburgers? That’s why it’s important your dog snacks smart and is given a balanced and nutritious diet. Eating well means more than just a shiny coat and healthy skin, it can also lead to a stronger immune system, a healthier digestive tract, and stronger joints and muscles. It can also help make sure your dog maintains a healthy weight.

Watching Their Weight

Your dog’s weight plays an important role in their well-being, so it’s important to make sure they stay within a healthy weight range. Over time, obesity can lead to a number of health issues for your pet including joint, heart, liver and respiratory disease. Luckily, regular exercise such as walks or playing fetch can keep your dog active and healthy.

Importance of Oral Hygiene

Keeping your dog’s teeth in good shape means more than just making sure they look good, it also keeps them healthy, too. Without regular dental care, your dog has a greater risk of gum disease, which can make it difficult for them to eat and if left untreated can lead to bacteria spreading to the liver and kidneys. Pet-friendly toothpaste, along with rawhide chews and certain dog treats can help create a complete oral care routine for your dog.

Keeping Your Dog Parasite Free

Both external and internal parasites can pose a risk to your dog’s health. Ticks and fleas can irritate your pet’s skin and spread diseases such as Lyme disease and tapeworms, while heartworms can pose a serious risk to their health. The good news is vaccines and preventative medicine are readily available and regular checkups at your local vet will help make sure your pet is healthy and parasite free.

Regular Checkups

One of the best and easiest ways to keep your dog healthy is with regular visits to your veterinarian. Vets provide your dog with vaccines to keep them healthy, can identify potential health issues and make dietary recommendations to make sure your dog is eating right. Your vet can also spay or neuter your dog, which can help prevent certain kinds of cancers like breast or testicular cancer in pets. 

Promoting Healthy Living

At Dog Day, Every Day! we believe in promoting a healthy lifestyle for our furry friends, that’s why we work hard to create a positive, active environment that promotes their well-being. We provide a wide range of services that cater to each dog’s unique needs. So enroll today or call us at 513-860-DOGS (3647).

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