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A few weeks ago, I posted about why you shouldn’t feed your dog kibble anymore (and instead, how to make your own dog food).
A common question I get is, “what should you feed your dogs?”
If you are asking this question, I’m guessing your goal is to be a much more involved pet parent (or pet owner) than you were in the past. That’s awesome. One thing I would recommend is to start by not feeding your dogs kibble. That’s where I started, and now I can’t think of what I did with my dog all week that was more involved than just feeding him!
What should you feed your dog instead? Well, that depends on your dog and your lifestyle. The only thing you should really feed your dog is a quality treat-based raw diet. There is a whole spectrum of raw diets, from home cooked, to store bought, and to some “premium” brands that you may or may not want to spend your hard-earned money on. Just like with home cooked vs. store bought food, the best is the one you make yourself. It will also be cheaper, too.
If you do feed your dog store-bought dog food, you should understand the nutrition profile of the products you choose. If your goal is weight loss, you will need to choose a diet that is lower in carbs and higher in protein. This is a diet that your dog needs for a lean, mean and fast metabolism.
But even a store bought diet is not an exact science. Every dog is an individual, and every dog has their own unique needs and nutritional requirements.
It’s great if you can do all this on your own, but if you don’t have the time to invest in doing this right, you can easily just go with the store bought option.
How to Start a Raw Diet for Dogs
If you are just starting a raw diet and don’t know how to do it or where to get started, we have you covered. There are a few steps to the raw diet process, but before we get started, we need to set the stage.
1. Decide If You Want Your Dog to Be a 100% Raw Diet or Only Raw on Specific Occasions.
There are quite a few options for how to go about a raw diet. There are a lot of variations of how to start, including the specific diet you will be following. Some people go 100% raw, and others only choose raw foods on certn occasions.
I am a 100% raw diet person myself, and I want to support anyone who is considering going this route, but I would also recommend that you take it slow. You may find that you are not able to stick with a 100% raw diet, as it can be quite hard at first, especially if you don’t have the right raw diet and supplementation setup. This might be difficult to handle, and you may give up on this diet all together.
Before you decide that you want to go the route of a 100% raw diet, first look at if you are willing to change your eating habits, and how it would affect your relationship with your pet. If you don’t know if this is possible for you, you can start by only going raw on certn occasions, such as holidays, vacations, etc. If you’re not ready to give up your favorite foods, and you want to be flexible about your diet, you can always go with the option of only raw foods on certn occasions.
2. Choose a Quality-Assured Raw Food Dog Food
If you’re reading this, you might have the experience of trying a cheap “dog food”. These are the foods that are put on the supermarket shelves, they are typically the ones that are low in quality. We all know that we shouldn’t eat foods that aren’t organic, so why do people choose to buy these kind of food? These may have some “ingredients”, but you don’t really know what they are or what they contn, right?
The same happens with these food. It may have some of the “necessary nutrients”, but you just don’t know exactly what they are, and how much they really contn. This can cause your dog to experience negative symptoms when he eats it, such as stomach pns or diarrhea. In order to solve this problem, it is important to buy a quality-assured raw food dog food. These are foods that are formulated to meet the requirements set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), so they are guaranteed to meet your dog’s nutrition requirements.
3. Make Sure to Feed a Healthy Amount of Food
What is a healthy amount of food? This is a subject that every owner struggles to define. You want your dog to be healthy, right? Of course, you do, but it is not just enough to feed your dog. You also need to ensure that he is fed a healthy amount of food. In order for your dog to receive the nutrients he needs, it is important to feed him a healthy amount of food.
Your dog’s dly caloric requirement can be calculated based on his age, but it is a good practice to adjust that value according to his activity level, such as his lifestyle. A good number of calories is between 400 to 700 calories for every day. This gives your dog enough calories to mntn his body weight and to ensure his energy level to function properly. Remember to adjust this to your dog’s needs based on his activity level.
How to Calculate
Age – your dog’s age in weeks,
Activity level – adjust this value according to your dog’s activity level, such as his lifestyle (ex: sedentary, moderate, or high activity),
Metabolism level – the average dly metabolism level of a healthy dog,
Your dog’s current weight – your dog’s current weight is the weight he is currently carrying (his current body weight).
What can happen is that your dog gns more than his body’s ability to handle. This is also known as an “obesity crisis” in dogs. This causes your dog to become a high-risk dog.
So how do you know if your dog is going to be overweight?
If your dog is gning weight quickly, he will feel tired all the time and this could be a sign that he is being overfed. If you take a walk with your dog, he may pull and drag you around. Or, his belly will be a bit thick and if you look at it from his armpits, you may notice excess fatty tissue. And of course, there will be a high risk of diabetes.
So, how do you help your dog become healthier?
Make sure you feed your dog a balanced diet to meet his energy needs.
Try and keep your dog on a low calorie diet when he is at rest.
Keep him active so that he burns calories.
Avoid fatty foods.
Make sure he gets a good quality chew toy.
Try to keep him away from other dogs and other animals that may be aggressive towards him.
Feed him in the morning.
Your dog also needs time for exercise. Try to exercise your dog for at least 30 to 40 minutes. It can be long walks or short activities like swimming, hiking, or playing fetch with balls.