Has your vet suggested that your dog could drop a few pounds? Perhaps you've noticed your pooch slowing down and putting on weight.
As this infographic readily acknowledges, dogs really will eat anything. Even foods that are toxic to them! So you certainly can't rely on Fido to tell you what he should be eating. Instead, here's a convenient guide to building a healthy and nutritious diet for your dog.
A healthy dog diet needs to contain each of the three nutrient groups: proteins, fats, and carbs. For dogs, that balance should be heavily skewed towards proteins (56%) and away from carbs (14%). Natural fats and oils are essential, but avoid artificial flavors, preservatives, and hormones.
Those figures are essential to keep in mind because not all dog foods are created equal. Some pet foods contain the perfect nutrient makeup, while others will rely on unhealthy carbs. You can think ‘outside the can' and supplement your pup's diet with ground bones, raw eggs, or apples, and it's important to remember that dog food expires just like human food. All in all, there's a lot to think about- but if you put a bit of effort into diet planning, your pooch should stay happy and healthy for many years to come.