Feeding your dog correctly is crucial to maintaining its vitality. It is also crucial in preventing malnutrition and lameness. But what is the best way to feed your dog: dried food, canned meat or leftovers?

 

Dry food

Dry food can help reduce plaque on teeth because it's slightly abrasive. Normally dry food contains a balanced supply of carbohydrates, protein, and fat as well as vitamins, minerals, and dietary fibers. 

When you feed your dog with premium food he'll start wearing his best coat. One that's shiny, lustrous, and full. Because he's eating healthier, he'll also have softer skin, brighter eyes, increased activity, improved muscle tone and, believe it or not, a smaller & firmer stool - a sign that he's getting all the vital nutrients he needs.

However, since dry food contains hardly water, it can cause constipation. So remember to offer your dog plenty of water.

We at Arava recommend of Breeder's Choice Pet Foods

 

Canned meat

Canned meat provides a nutritional basis of protein and fat. Add oat flakes, rice or noodles to supply carbohydrates and vegetables and fruits to guarantee that vitamins and dietary fiber are provided.

 

Leftovers

Leftovers can also be used as an additional source of food for your dog. Avoid flavored or spicy food and really hard things like bones and never give bones that splinter, such as chicken bones. Best is raw or boiled muscle tissue especially beef or lamb. Pork should only be used occasionally and must be boiled. As described for canned meat, add oat flakes, rice or noodles as well as vegetables and fruits to guarantee a well-balanced diet.

 

Lameness

Your dog's musculoskeletal system is subject to a great deal of stress over time. This is noticeable as the animal ages. It can dramatically reduce your its quality of life, which in turn will affect you.

With age, the joint cartilage gradually loses its elasticity because it can no longer generate the various building blocks of the cartilage by itself. This wear affects tendons and ligaments as well as cartilage and joints.

 

Dietary supplementation

It is very important to feed your animal with balanced amino acids food - like Leucine, Lysine, Arginine and Methionine and with the right vitamins and fiber every day from early on in life. The amino acids are essential; they cannot be sufficiently manufactured by the dog's body and must be obtained through dietary sources. Leucine and Lysine help rebuild muscle protein that breaks down during exercise. Arginine and Methionine help support a healthy immune system.

The right substances will improve the nutrient intake of the cartilage, promote metabolic activity, prevent degradation, and break down the body's own metabolic poisons ("free radicals").

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