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Balanced Diet

This article has been produced as a guide only.
For expert help and advice always consult your vet.

A well balanced diet is an important aspect of survival. The objective of dietary management is to meet the basic nutritional requirements of the individual with proper proportions of protein, carbohydrates, and fat in a well-balanced diet that will promote optimal body weight.

Dogs, like humans need the right combination of the basic food groups in order to have a healthy life span. Dogs also need to be regulated on the kinds of food that they eat or else they could end up being obese as well.

Proper minerals and vitamins should be included in your dog's diet in order to have a healthy body. With proper minerals and vitamins, dogs will be able to maintain a shiny, healthy-looking coat.

To help you to prepare the right diet for your dog you should consider the following:

A - Meat should not be the only food incorporated in the dog's diet.

In reality, dogs are carnivorous. The dog's body is especially designed to generate growth and energy from meat products. However, dogs need fiber too to help them digest their foods properly and carbohydrates to provide them the added energy that they need. It would be beneficial if occasionally you used foods where meat, fibers, and carbohydrates are present.

B - Minerals and vitamins are needed in a dog diet.

Dogs, like humans need complex combinations of minerals and vitamins. These nutrients are needed to maintain the luster and shine in their coats and to provide them with healthy gums, teeth and to keep them healthy. Lack of minerals and vitamins supplement will result to deficiencies of certain types that could be really difficult to deal with, such as extra dry or super oily skin, tummy problems, frail bones, low-weight, and worst cases are death.

C - Real meal treats

Contrary to most popular beliefs, dogs love the real food more than their typical dog foods. Hence, whenever their owners give them real food, they would consider them as treats.

D - Mixed foods

Most people tend to think that deciding whether to give dogs moist or dry foods is a matter of preference. In reality, it is not. This is because mixing different kinds of foods is actually the best dog diet owners could give. Giving dogs a variety of foods, nutritional value, and texture is the real diet your dog really needs.

E - Dogs need greens.

A well-balanced diet for the dogs includes green leafy vegetables. Even if dogs are carnivorous by nature, they also need the right amount of greens to provide them with additional nutrients that are only available in green leafy foods. If you occasionally see a dog chew on grass, this goes to show that dogs really need some greens to provide their body with a well balanced diet.

There are no hard or fast rules when it comes to balanced diets for dog. However, it is still important to note the needed food groups that should be incorporated in your dog's diet.

You should always consult your vet especially on things like health and diet supplements for your dog. The vet knows what foods should be included in the dog's meal and what foods should be avoided.

Dogs, like humans, should not be fed with junk foods. These will only make them fat without the needed nutrients.

Don't forget if in any doubt always consult a vet.

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