FRENCH BULLDOG DIET AND NUTRITION FACTS
FRENCH BULLDOG DIET AND NUTRITION FACTS
FACT #1: There have been 5300 dog food scares in 2006 and 2007, with over 3600 pet deaths.
FACT #2: Many Commercial dog foods contain chemicals and bi-products such as Phosphoric Acid, Butylated Hydroxysanisole, Ethoxyquin, Sorbitol or Propylene Glycol (which is used in antifreeze! )
FACT #3: These bi-products and chemicals may lead to Cancer, Obesity, Heart Attacks, Kidney Disease or even Death.
FACT #4: Homemade dog foods offer a safer choice BUT, most owners are unsure of the nutritional needs of their dogs. Many homemade diets are lacking in the key nutrients a dog needs to maintain optimal health. Some believe, that homemade diets are time consuming and expensive.
As a dog owner, you would have asked these questions at some point in time… such as…
What does my dog need for his food? What doesn’t he need?
How much should he eat as a puppy? An adult?
When he’s overweight?
Is my dog food safe?
What should I feed my dog and what should I avoid?
It is very natural to get confused by the variety of dog foods available in the market. Just think of the options you have from the market alone: High-protein diet, Dry kibbles, Canned food, Vegetarian Diet, Raw food Diet, Low Calorie Diet, Special Puppy Food… and so many more.
There are a lot of dog foods available today. The first step to choose the right food for your dog is to learn to read the label. Ingredients are listed in descending order by percentage. Therefore, the first 3-4 ingredients make up the bulk of the food content.
The first ingredient should be meat and should be listed by exactly what kind of meat. For example, it should say “chicken meal” rather than “poultry meal” or “lamb meal” and not “meat meal” as the terms poultry and meat can indicate it is any kind of bird or any kind of meat and may or may not have come from a controlled environment.
Meats should simply be the kind of meat or meal and not a by-product. By-products can cause diarrhea and do not have much nutritional value.
Most brands have different formulations of food for different ages of dogs and many have different formulations for small, medium, and large breeds. Premium brands come in variety of formulations designed for specific types and ages of dogs (including those that are active and those that are not) and even specific breeds of dogs.
As a responsible dog owner, you should provide your pet with meals containing particular proportions of proteins, carbohydrates, fatty acids, and specific vitamins and minerals. And again, that should vary based on your dog’s size, age, activity level and living condition.
A proper balance of the above components will not only keep your dog healthy and happy but it will also save you from the frustration and expense of frequent vet visits.
Determining your dog’s specific needs can be difficult.
If you are feeding your dog dry food or kibbles, make sure he drinks adequate amount of water. No matter what you feed your dog, check his water supply often and make sure he has plenty of clean water.
Dry food usually helps to keep the dog’s teeth clean and his gums healthy and helps him to work his jaws. This kind of dog food is easily digestible.
Or, you can give purely home-cooked food or a combination of Home-cooked meals and readymade food.
You can safely give your dog most normal lamb and rice combinations. This not only takes care of the nutritional needs of your dog, it reduces the risk of allergies and other health disorders.
Home-cooked food can do wonders for the dog. Yes, for today’s time-crunched dog owners, cooking food at home is a hassle – but the results that you get may be worth the effort.
It’s time you stopped believing in pseudo experts or bought into the lies of commercial pet food manufacturers.
There are shocking discoveries on how:
Your dog’s behavior, health and happiness is DIRECTLY affected by what it eats.