Excellent health begins with good nutrition. The keys to good nutrition are plenty of fresh water and a well-balanced diet consisting of high-quality food.
It is crucial that your dog always has access to clean, fresh water. Lack of water can lead to dehydration. This can cause a wide variety of problems. It is a good idea to make water constantly available to your dog and to change the water daily. Adequate water is especially important for puppies and older dogs.
What to Feed
A well – balanced diet begins with the correct food. It is best to use a quality commercial diet that can be bought at supermarkets, at pet stores and from your veterinarian. Commercial food companies have spent years and millions of dollars on the perfection of their products. The result is that these foods provide the best mix of nutrients and flavour. A homemade diet can be well – balanced but it will probably be more expensive than good commercial food and it may leave out important nutrients.
Once you have decided on a type of food, do not change very often. A dog’s digestive system does not adapt well to sudden changes. Changing the type of food may upset the system, often causing vomiting and diarrhoea.
It is important to clean the water and feed bowls on a regular basis. Also, food must be stored properly after it has been opened; instructions for this are usually written on the package. Any food that appears mouldy or has a rancid odour should be discarded.
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