Kibble Questions: 10 Important Ways You Can Keep Your Dog Happy And Healthy
Unlike humans, many of whom look forward to eating new things every day, dogs do best with regularity. Too much variety in a dog’s diet can actually lead to an upset stomach.
The Tails.com Dog Blog maintains that dogs have far fewer taste receptors in their mouths than humans, but while they don’t appreciate salty or bitter foods as much as we do, they do enjoy the taste of clean water.
4. Mixing food
If you need to change the food your dog is eating, or introduce a new one for any reason, following the rules of consistency, it’s best to do it gradually. An abrupt change may lead to GI upset or a finicky dog.
Dog Food Advisor recommends adding 20 to 25 percent of the “new” food to a meal, and increasing that amount, while decreasing the “old” food, over the following week.
While you already know how much food a dog needs every day, their water requirements vary, depending on a number of factors.
According to Dr. Karen Becker, of Healthy Pets, too little water throughout the day can result in dehydration, kidney stones, and organ failure, while drinking too much water can be toxic.
A dog’s water requirements are related to its size, diet, age, activity level, and environment, and Dr. Becker recommends that a dog drink between 1/2 and 1 ounces of water per pound of body weight every day.
It’s next to dogliness, and in this case, very important for your pet’s health. Public Health and Safety Organization NSF maintains that pet dishes are the fourth dirtiest place in the home, as many fail to clean them properly.
A bacteria-laden pet bowl, along with being distasteful, can lead to infection and pneumonia, according to Barkpost, which can be serious trouble. The only way to be sure you’ve killed off the germs, NSF recommends, is by a soapy washing every day, and 10 minutes soaking in a solution of a gallon of water and a capful of bleach once a week.
1. Watch those treats
Treats are a great training tool, but too many can lead to obesity and other health issues. Keeping a close eye on how many treats you’re giving your pet can be hard when others in the home are doing the same, so Dr. Louise Murray, DVM and vice president of the ASPCA Animal Hospital, has come up with a clever trick.
“Keep track of the number of treats you give your pet by setting aside a certain number of treats per day and talk to your vet about the amount of treats your pet should have on a daily basis and stick to that amount, regardless of when their daily allotment is reached,” Murray says.
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