Invest in good nutrition for a healthy dog
While some would argue that raw food is the best way to feed a dog and others would argue in favour of home cooked dog food, there is one thing both camps would definitely agree upon. If commercial dog food is not exactly the work of the devil, it most certainly is not proper nutrition for a dog. It goes without saying that if you want a healthy dog, you need to feed he or she healthy food. A healthy, balanced diet.
As a canine nutritionist, I’m very fond of saying that when you feed your dog, you are investing for his or her future. It is absolutely true. When you feed your canine companion, you are not simply satisfying his or her current hunger. Neither are you simply fulfilling his or her immediate calorific needs. You are making an investment in his or her future health. Yes, good food will provide energy for your best friend’s day to day needs. But it will also boost your dog’s immune system. It will offer the best possible chance of long-term health. Because a varied, balanced diet made with whole, unprocessed foods is the key to good dog health.
Good food can beat canine cancer
Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette, Indiana, is a centre of veterinary excellence with an advanced veterinary medicine facility. It’s recognised the world over for its research discoveries in science, technology and engineering.
In 2005 researchers at the university conducted a study involving Scottish Terriers. They’re a breed more closely associated than most with the development of bladder cancer. They discovered that adding fresh vegetables to dry commercial dog food at least three times a week prevented or slowed down the development of bladder cancer considerably. Dogs fed commercial dog food supplemented with green leafy vegetables such as broccoli had a reduced risk of developing bladder cancer by 90%. While dogs fed yellow or orange vegetables such as carrots had their risk reduced by 70%. Imagine then the potential benefits to your dog’s health of only feeding your best friend with fresh, natural wholefoods instead of commercial dog food. It really is a no brainer!
Food is medicine
All too often in the West we think of food as food and medicine as medicine. In traditional Chinese medicine on the other hand, food is medicine. That is the way we should think when we feed our beloved dogs. What you put in your dog’s bowl today and tomorrow is more than just sustenance. You’re not just feeding your best friend’s stomach. You’re feeding the whole dog. You’re feeding his or her heart, lungs and other internal organs. Supplying nutrients to his or her skin and coat, immune system, teeth and bones.
And don’t forget your dog’s cognitive organ. The brain. It too needs proper food if it is going to function properly throughout his or her life. Especially as he or she reaches her senior years.
Dogs are almost human
Dogs are similar to humans. They’re the reason we know so much about ourselves. According to The Humane Society of The United States, “Dogs are used to test the safety of drugs, pesticides, medical devices and other products. Dogs are also used in a wide range of research areas, including cardiac, neurological, respiratory and dental research.” We know that junk food is not healthy for human beings. Why on earth would we think that the canine equivalent, dry dog biscuit, is good for man’s best friend?
Healthy dog diet plans
Because proper nutrition for a dog is so important, I have created a number healthy dog diet plans. These take into account the various dog life stages as well as what might be considered individual and personal dietary preferences.
Specifically for the adult dog, I have created a healthy dog diet plan. It takes into account the specific dietary requirements of the adult or mature dog. What is sometimes known as a ‘maintenance diet’. It really is proper nutrition for a dog.
Specifically for the more senior dog, I have formulated my senior dog diet plan. It takes into account the specific dietary requirements of the senior dog. And if you want to feed your dog a plant based, vegetarian or vegan diet, I have created a plant based dog diet too.
Here is a more complete list of canine nutritionist created diet plans for dogs.