A Balanced Diet for Dogs

Published January 26, 2015

A Balanced Diet for Dogs

If you are a dog owner, ensuring that your dog has got a proper diet is very important. There are different ways of doing this; the right meal for your dog will depend on a few factors which are the age of the dog, whether the dog is a pet or a watchdog but to say the least. At the end of the day, your dog should enjoy a healthy and well balanced diet.

When choosing a diet plan for your dog, you can choose to buy a ready-made diet that will only require you to add water or you can choose to make your own homemade dog food instead. Either way, you should ensure that the meal that you offer your dog is full of nutrients and well balanced.  There are however a few meals that are healthy to human beings, but not for a dog.

Oatmeal is known to be one of the meals fed to a dog that is both healthy for humans and for a dog. Oatmeal first needs to be well cooked but should not have sugar, flavorings or any artificial fruits added to it. It’s not only a meal suitable for humans, as it holds a lot of nutritional value for dogs as well.

What to add

For starters, oatmeal is rich in fiber but low on protein, it is therefore a good idea to add a type of flavor to it. The best recommended type of oatmeal for your dog should be the slow cooked oatmeal that is prepared with water. Avoid using the instant oatmeal to feed your dog.  Add a cooked egg, sausage or cheese to the oatmeal to supplement the low protein.  Oatmeal will reduce the risk of heart disease, lowers a dogs cholesterol life and increase fiber.

Other meals that you can add to your dog’s diet plan are green vegetables that will ensure your dog is healthy. This is important as you want your dog to be as healthy as possible and live as long as possible too, but it all starts with a healthy diet.

Benefits

The benefits of giving your dog green vegetables are numerous. It is important however to consult your veterinarian before adding it to your dog’s diet plan. The green vegetables are rich in nutrients and minerals and will help in the digestion system of your dog. Non starchy vegetables may be low in calories, but they are rich in fiber, which is a good addition to the dog’s diet.

Serve the green vegetables to the dog in small portions and ensure that he does not choke from the excitement. Ensure that the green vegetables that you decide to add to your dog’s diet plan are clean and well washed.

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