Returning to diet!

Another fabulous guest post.

Just a few days ago I was contacted by June Frazier who offered me (and all of you!) a couple of topics for a guest post to be written by June. The two topics were 5 Common Winter Illnesses in Dogs (And How To Treat Them) and Why Now Is The Right Time To Change Your Dog’s Diet.
Of course I said ‘Yes’ and chose the second one thinking it was a tad too early for a post about Winter illnesses.

Here it is.

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Why Now Is The Right Time To Change Your Dog’s Diet.

3 Critical Signs That You Need To Change

by June Frazier.

Today, 96% of all dog owners in the world feed their dog’s commercial pet food. A good number of this population believes that the dried pet food is all their dog needs to stay healthy. Hence, the dogs are fed one type of food all the time.

In fact, they never consider introducing their dog to the many homemade dog food recipes available. Many dog owners are unaware of the fact that as a dog’s body changes, it requires different diets to stay healthy. If you are one of these dog owners, it is time to change your dog’s diet.

Three major reasons why now is the right time to change your dog’s diet:

1. The Age of the dog

As your dog ages, he needs extra diet considerations to stay nimble. At the age of 5, your dog is considered to be middle aged. You need to change their diet at this point as they need fewer calories and more fiber. This is because middle aged dogs are less active and their new lifestyle does not require the same diet they were on when they were younger. In addition, high calorie foods may do them more harm than good. Also, avoid giving your dog too much protein since it can damage his liver and kidneys.

Feed your dog with the right food that will benefit his joints to stay stronger, or foods that have plenty of antioxidants. Your middle aged dog may also need supplements to keep his joints and organs working optimally.

2. Obesity

Most dog parents do not realize that even in moderation, some food types contribute more to their pet’s weight than others. When your dog starts to put on a few extra pounds in their midsection, this is a clear indication that you need to change his diet.

The additional weight can easily slow down your dog. Obesity in dogs also opens them up to a variety of potential health problems. Change his diet to foods that can give them all the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals without adding some extra kilos.

There are special diets for dogs that are specially designated for weight loss. These diets take advantage of the latest research in pet weight management, to ensure your dog leads a healthy, happier life. If your pet dog is extremely overweight, you are advised to consult with your veterinarian for a detailed and therapeutic nutritional solution.

3. Allergies and Skin conditions

On average, an itchy dog is an allergic dog. Most times, the reason behind their allergy and skin condition is their food or environment. You need to switch your dog’s diet to something a little simpler or less processed food.

In a case of an allergy, vets prescribe non-allergen diets or foods that do not trigger your dog’s allergic reaction. Homemade dog food recipes are ideal as you can mix the ingredients on your own as well as do an easy control experiment to figure out which foods cause his allergy. Also, make sure to alter one food ingredient per time until you get the culprit.

Although the transition may take a long time before you figure out what your dog is allergic to, the diet you end up with will be far healthier and nutritional to help him lead a better life. You can also take your dog to the vet to find out more about their allergy and skin condition.

Sometimes, the reason behind your dog’s skin condition may be due to a deficient diet. If your dog has a dull, matted coat, make sure you feed your dog foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids to help improve their coat quality and gastric health.

Choosing the right food for your pet is essential for your dog’s long-term health. However, it is not a substitute for medical care.

Make sure you visit a veterinarian on a regular basis to ensure your pet is healthy and happy. Along with your new diet, make sure your dog has plenty of fresh, clean water available at all times.

It is also advisable that you change your dog’s diet gradually and systematically. Substitute a little of the new diet with the old food. Swap out a little more of the old with the new until your dog is comfortable with the new diet.

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No question in my mind that this was a useful and informative article. I did ask June to offer a little about herself and this is what she wrote me:

June is the founder of the blog Toby’s Bone where she shares her passion for writing and love for dogs. She wants to help you deal with your dog’s behavior issues, grooming and health needs, and proper training. Through her blog, you can find informative and reliable posts, tips and tricks, and a lot of interesting reads that will help you maintain a close bond with your furry companion.

Well this gets my vote and I sincerely hope this isn’t the last time we hear from June.

18 thoughts on “Returning to diet!

    1. Yes, we Pedy and Cleo who are a little overweight. Or rather in Cleo’s case, being a GSD, getting her weight down from 112 lbs to 100 lbs more for the sake of her rear hips. Cleo is five years of age.

  1. Very good post Paul. Not all people can make their own dog food, but it is possible to buy good quality food too.
    Supermarket pet food do often contain much fat and not so healthy ingredients, why it is a good idea to search online to find the right food for them.
    When we find some brands looking good, try to Google these and see, what others write about them. Not all are so healthy, as it seems to be.
    Another thing, as I have learned is to buy and feed my pets with few drops of Salmon Oil of a good quality. Don’t look at the dose of the bottle, then they get too much.

    1. That’s good advice. Considering how much time I spend online don’t know why we haven’t done this! Indeed, just looked up the reviews of the dry food we are using, on DigFoodAdvisor.com, and it only gets 3 stars. Sorry to be a bit obtuse but what is the purpose of the Salmon Oil?

      1. Much pet food are highly praised like fx. Royal Canin. While I used this food for my dog and cats, their fur was not looking well. I got the advice to try to give them Salmon Oil and today their coat look amazing and their stomach get some help too. The Salmon Oil contain much good for them, just you find a good quality.
        It is very difficult to compare pet food in US and in Europe, where I live. Much of the best food from both places are not available both places.
        Today I use a brand, as I import from Germany. It is called Wolf of Wilderness for my dog and he loves it and never gets problems any longer.

  2. Great advice Paul..
    Well hope that is my catch up completed.. Loved reading and will revisit some of the videos as I have not had time to watch them all.. Hope you and Jean and Ruby doing well .. And hope all the furniture is well and truly back in its place.. The floors are gleaming.. and all is well in the Handover household..
    Sending you both well wishes..
    Sue 🙂

    1. Sue, your commitment to my blog is so precious. Thank you, and long many I be able to offer you and all the others posts that you enjoy. Ergo, long may you and everyone else be around to read them!!

      1. Many thanks Paul 🙂 I am honouring my own time commitments to some ME time in the fact that I turn off the modem, from the outside world for a time.. And Settle in to listen to the inner chatter.. Learning to Listen to what comes back is important I feel right now.. And I may be sharing that a little later, don’t know yet.. As I am changing my mind quite frequently of late.. LOL..
        Sending you and Jean much love your way.. 🙂

      1. In the dry food category, we are huge fans of Merrick. With Elsa’s epilepsy and need to ameliorate seizures and Sam’s pickiness, Merrick’s Backcountry Raw Infused formulation fits both of their needs. Now if only I could become a paid influencer for Merrick to defray the costs. LOL 😇

  3. Pawsome post!
    We don’t eat kibble. My huMom makes my food from fresh ingredients & adds a number of supplements to insure optimum health, combat the effects of my antiseizure meds & as preventative measures.
    She’s serious & it’s delicious!

    Nose nudges,
    CEO Olivia

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