Anutritious, well-balanced diet produces a strong-boned, well-muscled, healthy-coated canine. Just like humans, dogs love their food. Unlike humans, however, they have a poor sense of taste and are therefore willing to eat almost anything. Many pet dogs also lead somewhat boring lives and see mealtime as the highlight of the day. Dog owners should avoid giving their dogs excessive treats or feeding them more often than they should eat, even if they beg. This combination of facts explains why obesity is a problem in almost one out of three pets. Whatever you choose to feed your dog, make sure that it is part of a well-balanced diet, and that it does not exceed your dog’s energy requirements.
Each dog has its individual requirements, which will change at the various stages of its life. All dogs, however, require minimum quantities of a wide range of nutrients if they are to remain healthy. Dogs are not true carnivores and cannot exist on meat alone. Therefore, meat, which provides protein, should never form more than half your dog’s diet. Meat also provides fat, which contains essential fatty acids necessary for a variety of body functions,
including good skin and coat condition. The remainder of a dog’s daily calories should come from carbohydrates such as dog meal. A balanced diet has all the necessary vitamins. Protein is needed for growth, tissue repair, and maintenance of metabolic processes
The Value of Nutrients
Essential fatty acids give a glossy sheen to a dog’s coat. Carbohydrate is an important energy source for dogs fed dry diets. Fiber, which is a form of carbohydrate, promotes regular bowel movements
The well-fed dog
With a well-balanced diet, the Border Collie puppy will grow to have a shiny coat on a well- muscled, straight-boned body.
A heavy ceramic feeding bowl helps prevent a dog from spilling its food. If you cook fresh meat for your dog, you can use any saucepan, but as a hygiene precaution, keep the utensils that you use in preparing your dog’s meals separate from other kitchen equipment. Be sure to wash bowls and utensils after each meal. Store partly used cans of food, covered by plastic lids, in the refrigerator for a maximum of three days, then discard.
• Plastic lids
• Spoon Fork Knife
• Ceramic bowl
• Can opener