How Much Food Does Your Dog Need?

How Much Food Does Your Dog Need?When you get a dog, there is not a manual telling you all the things your pet needs. You may feel uncertain about key points, such as the right amount of food to feed your dog. The amount of food your pet needs may change over time based on their age and condition. A dog’s dietary needs are an important piece of its wellness and health; therefore, you should be mindful of how much and what you are feeding your dog.

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What is AAFCO and What Does it Do For Your Dog’s Food?

What AAFCO is for the Pet/Livestock Food Industry, and What AAFCO Does Not DoIn many industries, there are active programs and collaborations intended to keep government at bay and let the guidance and direction on better business practices be determined by the industry itself. These industry associations make a point of providing and requiring compliance with better practice standards that all their members participate in willingly. In doing so, the associations generally regulate their industries, and the companies working in those markets seek out the association’s membership to boost their credibility and market reach. Both then work as a defense that the industry can “police itself” instead of having to deal with generic government regulation over that industry.

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What Dietary Needs Do Dogs Have?

What are the Dietary Needs of Dogs?No matter how much you may consider your dogs to be a part of the family, dogs still have separate dietary guidelines than humans. Nevertheless, it does not seem that these guidelines are widely known, let alone practiced. If you are concerned about the dietary needs of your dogs, keep reading.

The Basics

In general, all dogs need several types of nutrients to maintain optimal health and live long happy lives. Whether your dog needs weight management help or is at risk for malnourishment, appropriate nutrients and calorie counts are essential. They are as follows:

  • Proteins and Amino Acids
  • Carbohydrates and Fatty Acids
  • Vitamins and Minerals
  • Water

Now that we know what the required nutrients are, let’s go a bit more in-depth with regard to the requirements of each of these categories.

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Don’t Eat That! 60+ Toxic Foods and Non-Food Items That Pets Shouldn’t Ingest

Healthy PetsMost people tend to think of their pets as part of their family. Pets provide company, friendship and will listen to our problems without complaint. In return, we reciprocate with companionship and provide them with a comfortable place to sleep, medical care and food. We also have a responsibility to keep them safe.

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Dog Food Types & Products – What’s Best for Your Dog?

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Dogs come in a range of sizes and breeds, and as a result, often have very different nutritional needs. To accommodate this need, there are many types of dog food on the market.

Generally, dog food comes in these types of products:

Gauging a dog’s nutritional needs can be a challenge for pet owners. Knowing the options and how they can affect your dog’s health can help you take care of your pet. Read more Dog Food Types & Products – What’s Best for Your Dog?