The Absolute Basics of Dog Nutrition

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Dog nutrition is no laughing matter. I mean as humans, we try to pay attention to what we eat and drink, don’t we? And for the most part, we humans are pretty conscious about what we put in our mouths knowing that the food and drink we take in will not only affect the look of our physical bodies, but also affect our health in the long run. While it’s true that not all people share the same concerns about physical appearances, it is also true that people, as much as possible, want to live a long and healthy life as much as possible.

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Traveling with Pets: Should You Do It or Not?

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Wanting to travel is great. In fact I always tell all my family and friends that they should travel while they are able. Youth is a great period in your life–you have the energy to do the things you want to do (although you may not necessarily have all the money you want to do them with, so some compromises may have to be made–but that’s alright).

Now that’s not to say that older people cannot travel too, because they can, should they want to! All you need is time and the resources to do so.

Traveling with Pets – Crossing Borders

But then when I talk to some people and urge them to take a trip at least once or twice a year, I am always met with the same issue–the people have dogs, which makes it difficult for them to arrange for any sort of vacations because they cannot leave their precious pets behind.

Well, that isn’t a huge, impossible problem–all you have to do, really, is to find accommodation where dogs are allowed. And then plan your trip around that.

But why should you travel with your pets?

Many people ask me that and my answer is always why shouldn’t you? If you can no longer say that your pets are catholding you back then you no longer have any excuse to not travel. ;) Don’t use your pets as a crutch!

If that isn’t convincing enough then here are a few reasons why it’s awesome to travel with your pets, then here are a few more reasons that just might persuade you. Try it at least once!

It’s Nice to Have Company if You are Traveling Alone
If you are going on your little vacation alone then it may be nice to have your pooch along as company.

It staves off loneliness and also allows you, at the same time, to feel a bit safer on your own, particularly if you do not know the area. I know I personally have felt safer traveling with my dogs.

You No Longer Need to Worry About Your Dog Being Left at Home
When I used to travel and leave my dogs at home or with friends or in kennels, I often worried whether he or she was being fed right, walked, and kept safe and comfortable.

petWith my dog(s) with me I don’t need to worry about that anymore. It might be a bit more responsibility during my travels, but I honestly don’t mind, as long as my dog is safe and happy with me.

You Get to See More of Your Destination
When you are traveling with your dog you will still need to walk him or her.

So naturally by taking these walks with your pet you will see more of the place where you are taking your vacation! Don’t forget to bring a camera or your phone so you can take quick snaps to remember things by!

 

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You Don’t Have to Look Far to Get all The Nutrition You Need for Your Dog

Discerning pet parents often come to me and ask me where and how they can get the best nutrition for their dogs. Many ask if they still need to search high and low for a special pet food that has a recipe that encapsulates pretty much everything that a dog needs and serves it up in one yummy kibble platter.

Some ask if it’s better to just get a cheap variant of kibble and just supplement their dog’s diet and nutrition with some vitamins and minerals in the form of multivitamins or supplementary dog food.

eating-dogFact is you don’t have to worry so much about what your dog eats…you don’t have to look for a special recipe, or a special multivitamin, or a special supplement.All you need to worry about is that your dog gets a balanced meal every day (how many meals in a day depends on their size, breed, and current weight).

That’s really all you need. Sometimes you may choose to supplement, just to make sure that all your bases are covered.

But to put it simply, good nutrition starts with good dog food.

How do you choose a good kind/recipe/brand of dog food, you may ask? Well… it’s really not all that complicated.

Have a look at this guide below which should help you make the best decision next time you go kibble shopping.

Consider Your Pet’s Food Sensitivities

Before you even buy something look at the recipe. Is your dog sensitive to chicken? Grain? Lamb?

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Avoid all recipes that have ingredients that irritate your dog’s belly or bring up allergic reactions that surely can make them uncomfortable.

Flip The Package Over

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Sometimes, and I’ll admit that I used to be one of the people that did this, when you go shopping for something all you look at and compare are the prices, and then you chuck the cheapest in the cart.

I learned to stop doing that when my dogs wouldn’t touch any of the kibble I’ve bought them. This time I’ve learned to flip the packages around and read the nutritional information, which tells me the nutrients that are available in the recipe and basically what my dog will be getting with every meal.

By doing this I am also able to look at the ingredients list. This allows me to ensure that I can…

Check for Fillers
Because our dogs will be getting most if not all their nutrition through the kibble we give them, it is absolutely necessary that we ensure that they only get the best ingredients that will provide them with vitamins and minerals as well as protein, essential fats and carbs that will keep their systems running optimally.

This is why we do our best to avoid fillers, which are ingredients that are added to the recipe to ‘bulk’ it up. These ingredients have little to no nutritional value whatsoever and are meaningless in a recipe except to fool a consumer into thinking he/she is buying more and good value.

Watch out for a future post on fillers!

You can also watch this video on how to pick the best nutritional meal for your dog:

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