One thing that’s always on our minds, as dog owners, is how to improve our dogs’ health. There are a lot of different opinions about how to best go about this important task, so you may be struggling to decide what really works. As any reputable dog expert will concur, ensuring your dog is eating the right foods is one of the most fundamental ways you can boost their health. So what healthy foods should you be feeding them? We’ve made it as easy as possible to find out, by featuring 3 healthy foods that will make a real difference to your dog’s health.
Our friend Chelsea Smith, over at PupsNPaws.com, has a great guide on healthy homemade dog foods!
“Complete and Balanced” Dog Food
One recommendation many dog experts will give is to look for the label “complete and balanced” on any dog foods. While it may just seem like a great marketing tactic, as the American Kennel Club points out, it is, in fact, a certification from the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). The AAFO will only allow products that really give your dog a complete and balanced diet, as the ingredients have been proven to meet certain nutritional requirements. So ensuring the dog food you buy has this label will save you from trying to wade through countless dog food options all claiming to be healthy.
In fact, if you’re wondering precisely what your dog needs in terms of nutrition, the best person to ask is your vet. They have the expertise to recommend the foods your dog needs to be happy and healthy. Vets have such a wealth of knowledge about dog nutrition that they’re always happy to share, so long as you’re willing to ask. Just don’t forget to show your thanks for their guidance! Asking could make a real difference to your dog’s health, so make sure you take the opportunity to do so.
As you know, many snacks and treats for dogs are high in salt, additives, and all range of ingredients that are best to avoid. So you may find it hard to find a snack that’s not only nutritious, but also a real treat for your dog too. That snack is chicken jerky. It sounds too “naughty” to be healthy, right? But chicken jerky is, in fact, one food that is incredibly underrated as a snack or a treat to give your dog. That is, provided that you choose a high-quality chicken jerky!
There are certainly a variety of options available, with some far healthier than others. In order to buy the best chicken jerky for your dog, look for more natural options that have minimal ingredients. After all, you should know exactly what your dog is eating, and this is possible when you opt for more natural offerings. For example, Full Moon’s All Natural Human Grade Chicken Jerky Dog Treats contain just four ingredients, of which a primary one is a USDA-approved chicken from family farms in the USA.
Did you think probiotics were just a fantastic health booster for us humans? Think again. Dogs can also greatly benefit from consuming dog probiotics. Just like it does for humans, probiotics for dogs help keep their digestive health on track by aiding both their digestion and their immune system. So how do these tiny but powerful supplements manage such a feat? By reducing the growth of dangerous bacteria that can make your dog ill.
Now you know a bit more about why probiotics are so wonderful for they’re health, you’re probably wondering how you even go about choosing a probiotic supplement for your dog. There are many to choose from, that’s for sure! Look for offerings that are scientifically proven to work. Be mindful that different products focus on different needs as well as types of dogs. Don’t just buy the first thing you spot, or you may discover your dog is pickier than you thought. Which brings us to our final tip—buy a probiotic that’s easy for your dog to chew and has a tempting flavor that will make feeding time a breeze.
Melanie Green is a writer for Pet Life Today. She has more than 8 years of experience as an educator for AZA accredited facilities, including Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo and the Florida Aquarium. She’s passionate about pet safety, holistic pet health, and trying out new products. She has been writing professionally since 2009. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from National University and a Bachelor of Arts in Writing from the University of Tampa. She lives in Tampa, Florida with her three dogs, husband, and son.