“The vet-approved fact is that correct nutrition is the most important factor for their well-being. Dogs have different nutritional requirements based on their life stage, size, gender, and biological constitution. So correct nutrition looks different for everyone,” says Dr. Dilip Sunon, veterinarian. , Wiggles.
Depending on your pet’s taste and preference, you can either choose dry or wet food, or a combination of both. Always consult your vet regarding their nutritional needs to keep them in the pink for their health.
According to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), a pregnant and nursing mother needs between 1.5 to 3 times more food to feed an adult dog depending on her breed and litter size. You need to replenish a lot of energy after giving birth. The process of pregnancy and childbirth has a huge impact on her body. So, what they need is food full of fat to replenish their energy and super natural foods to boost immunity.
Puppies need omega 3 and 6, high-quality protein, and fish oil for brain, bone and coat development. A developing puppy needs between 22% and 32% of its daily dietary intake of protein, compared to an adult who needs about 18%. Nutrition for the elderly looks very different from nutrition for adults.
The majority of Indians feed their pets home meals that may not provide the dog with complete and balanced nutrition. There are some common foods to stay away from.
While puppies can digest other animal milk products, adult dogs (except for curd, yogurt and cheese) cannot, because they cause stomach problems.
“Avoid foods such as grapes, onions, dried fruits, tea, coffee, and sweets as they can be toxic to them. Instead, choose pet foods and veterinary foods,” says Dr. Shantanu Kalampi, Senior Veterinarian, Super Tails.
Feeding them human biscuits is very harmful due to the presence of artificial sweeteners, which leads to diabetes.
“Keep young women made of wheat away from your pets as it contains gluten which can lead to persistent diarrhea and loss of a healthy coat,” adds Dr. Sunon.
Stop and step back as soon as you see salt and chemical preservatives in any food.
Always keep in mind that pets are biologically different from humans, and they cannot eat everything we do. But everything you do must be human grade which means it is made with edible ingredients for human consumption.
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