Dogs are complex creatures. While they are exceptionally fun to play and go on adventures with, they do require a lot of care and compassion. For some pet owners, this can be a bit overwhelming as there is a lot to know to ensure a dog is healthy, safe, and feeling secure.
To keep any dog owner in the know, here are some commonly asked questions about dog health and fitness.
How do I pick the right dog food?
There are a couple of considerations to keep in mind when you are picking out the right dog food for your pup. While the exact ingredients each dog needs depend on its size, weight, and breed, it is important to include the right amount of protein. Adult dogs need a diet of at least 18 percent protein, whereas puppies need about 22 percent. A quality dog food will also need some healthy fats and oils, and it is always a good thing if the listed fat is specific, such as “chicken fat” or “beef fat,” not simply “animal fat.”
Can my dog eat human food?
Yes, there are some human foods that can be given to your dog in moderation. Dogs metabolize their food differently, and because of this, some table food can be especially toxic to them. Some healthy food options include cheese, cashews, corn, apples, watermelon, fish, chicken, peanut butter, popcorn, bread, and crackers.
However the following foods are poisonous for dogs; garlic, chocolate, macadamia nuts, ice cream, and avocados.
Are bones okay for my dog to chew on?
Only if they are marked specifically for chewing. Specific bones such as chicken wings can splinter as the dog chews, and can be lodged in the dog’s mouth and digestive system. There are specific dog bones and chews you can buy at the pet store that are safe for your dog to use.
Is my dog bored when he eats the same food every single day?
Most likely no. Dogs have fewer taste buds than their owner, so they most likely won’t notice the same food every day. In fact, dogs are drawn to odor instead of taste, so if they like the smell of their food, then they will keep going back for more.
Is it safe for my dog to ride in the car?
Yes, a car ride is okay for your dog. but you still need to take some precautions to ensure your dog doesn’t move around and compromise your safety as a driver. It’s always a good idea to invest in a dog car seat to keep your pup feeling safe and secure.
How much exercise does my dog need?
Dogs are just like humans, they need to exercise and move around every single day. At the very least, you should take your dog out for a nice, leisurely walk daily. If you can’t, make sure to play a game of tug or fetch so your pup can stretch their legs and be stimulated. Plus, it gives you an excuse to work out, as well.
Can my dog thrive on a vegetarian diet?
Yes, dogs don’t have to eat meat to be healthy. As long as their diet is well-balanced and they get protein from other sources like plants, they will be fine. In fact, there are plenty of commercially produced vegetarian dog foods on the market, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your vet with any questions.
Your dog requires a lot of attention. It is safe to say that a dog requires more attention than many other pets. But with these frequently asked questions, any pet owner will be on their way to ensuring their dog is as healthy and happy as can be.