Regarding the commercialized dog food, there are a few brands that have proven popularity throughout dog raisers, as most breeds of dogs tolerate them and also have proven to be efficient in weight loss and stool regularity and consistence.However, a dog’s diet must be carefully changed, by replacing it step by step. Add ¼ of portion of the new food to the old one and increase the ratio once in two days until complete replacement.
Also, remember that fiber is not the only substance that your dog may lack when experiencing soft stools or constipation. That’s why you should check on the previous diet and see what it was mostly made of.
If you used to feed your dog mainly dry food, then you should know that most of these foods contain excessive grains such as corn or rice flours. Hence, your dog, besides fiber, may need a protein-based diet that includes meat.
Taste of the Wild dog food provides various typed of both dry and wet food for all breeds and sizes of dogs. The grain-free supply is recommended for overweight dogs. The canned food is recommended in order to add some protein to the diet. The best thing about this brand is that they use wild animals’ meat instead of the basic chicken, beef or lamb, used in common dry or wet foods. This way, you dog may experience a new taste which it will probably find more pleasant.
Wellness Dog Food is a complete dry food formula that provides the highest fiber ratio. To many this ratio may be too increased, therefore you should feed your dog just a small portion in addition to their regular food.
Blue Wilderness is a high protein and low-carbohydrate wet dog food that covers the necessary amount of protein coming from meat. It also meets the dog’s need of raw meat and it is a good choice over the raw diet (which implies your dog to be fed only raw meat and bones, considering their wild nature).
Generally, look for grain-free dog foods and feed them without worries. Surely that, after any changing in the dog’s diet, you should check on its health and consistence of stool, in order to verify whether the diet is working or not. Remember what you added and switch again.
Home Made Guide
Throughout the home made supplements, the most popular one is adding a spoonful of canned pumpkin to the dog’s food. Pumpkin has the highest ratio of fiber and it is tolerated by the dog’s body. Make sure it is not a pumpkin pie mix as those usually contain sugar which can be poisonous for most dogs. Other good vegetables are sweet potatoes, green beans or peas.
Take into consideration that any fruit or vegetable fed to your dog MUST be cooked!
Another extra ingredient you can add is oatmeal, bran or whole-grain pasta. Do this, of course, when you’re sure that your dog eats insufficient amounts.
Among the forbidden fruits and vegetables that you should never feed your dog with are: avocado mushrooms, Aloe Vera, macadamia nuts, broccoli, onions, prunes, grapes, raisins and cherries.
The Healthy Dog Food Guides
When it comes to feeding your dog, there’s many considerations to keep in mind, and what will work for one dog may not necessarily work for another. Because of this, it can be hard to put together a feeding guide that will work for all types of dogs.
If you’re not ready to dive in just yet, here’s 5 quick tips that we feature in more depth.
Train your dog not to be possessive of its food.
There will be times when you will have to intervene when your dog eats something that may cause him harm or discomfort. You need to be able to step in at such times without any danger of your dog lashing out at you.
Feed dogs of different ages at different times.
Dogs have a very specific hierarchy or “pecking order” which stems from their early years in the wild and they will expect to be fed accordingly. Feeding the puppies separate from the older dogs will preserve this relationship and ensure less conflict.
Give your dog time to digest his food.
We have all been accustomed to walking our dogs right after their meal, but as it turns out, it would be best to wait for 15 to 30 minutes afterwards to allow them sufficient time to digest their food. All dogs will benefit from this practice but it is particularly important in dogs that are prone to bloating such as German Shepherds, Boxers, Great Danes, and Dachshunds.
Don’t feed your dog human food.
This is another common practice that most of us have been guilty of at one time or another, but the fact is, dogs will react a lot differently to common human foods than we would. Some foods such as chocolates, onions and certain fruits can even be poisonous under the wrong circumstances. It can be hard to tell how any dog will react to a particular food, so it would be best just to avoid feeding them anything off the table.
Stick to dog food.
You may be tempted to prepare your own blend of dog food that you feel is appropriate for your pet, either out of a sense of obligation or as a means to save some money. However dogs have very particular dietary needs, and commercial dog food, having been developed specifically to address these needs, is really the best choice for them.