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Dog Nutritional Requirements

In bringing a new pet home we don’t always consider everything. Not only is the environment, well-being and general health of our pet important but what we offer our pet to eat is very important in offering a dog nutritional requirements necessary in maintaining good health. We should ask what type and brand of dog food is best in offering our dog the nutritional requirements necessary. Read below where many Experts have answered the commonly asked questions regarding dog nutritional requirements.

Is there a food that can be offered to both a cat and a dog that would offer them both the nutrition they need?

In most situations, dogs and cats have different nutritional needs so therefor they need to be eating foods designed for them. Although the foods may not harm either pet, cat food may not offer dog nutritional requirements necessary in maintaining good health. Restricted feeding times for both pets may be necessary in offering the best foods designed for each pets need.

My puppy had a positive visit with the veterinarian but still seems to be sleepy, and eats irregularly, is this normal behavior for a puppy?

In offering dog nutritional requirements, a proper diet is necessary. Puppies go through so many changes in the first year of their life. As long as they are having good days, with input and output of nourishment and water, this can be normal puppy behavior. In that puppies may experience growth spurts an offering of food at all times may be necessary in receiving the nourishment your pet requires. A new puppy may play more activity some days than others and it may be normal behavior for a puppy to sleep a lot when exerted. An Expert may have insight of various dog food nutrition comparisons offered with each brand of dog food and how to offer a change in diet to a new puppy that may be picky about what they eat.

In formulating a proper diet for a dog, what are the daily requirements for minerals, calcium and vitamins necessary in offering dog nutritional requirements to maintain good health?

There may be no set standard in formulating a proper diet for a given pet. Many factors are considered in each pet’s needs. Each ingredient needs to be broke down in its offering as adding additional vitamins and minerals may offer an over dosage that may create future problems. A board certified veterinary nutritionist uses various formulas in meeting the needs for a well-balanced diet based on breed, size, environment and general health of a pet. Many choose to adopt a convenient recipe that is formulated by a nutritionist in offering their pet a nutritional diet.

What might cause a dog to lose a toe nail?

Trauma or malnutrition may be the most likely causes of a dog losing a toe nail. A pet that may not receive a proper diet, offering a dog nutritional requirement’s essential for healthy strong nails, may result in the loss of a toe nail. Some pets may require additional vitamins to their diet in offering adequate protection. A visit with one’s vet may offer insight to the cause of a pet losing their nail in offering a treatment or change in diet, offering a dog the nutrition necessary for good health.

What is the best brand of dog food to offer my pet?

This is a topic of great controversy. Dog food nutritional comparison may be found through web sites on the internet or offered through your veterinarian. In that some pets may be picky or finicky eaters they may be the one choosing what is best for them. Most dog foods are formulated not tested, therefor adequate results of the affect a dog food has on one’s pet may not be known. Be aware that many dog foods are outsourced to other countries in supplying the vitamins and nutrients added to dog food. If the food you are currently offering has resulted in your pets good health than why change, a change in diet may trigger other health issues.

Dogs are not just our pets anymore. They fall into the category of many households as a family member. Our concern for our dog’s nutritional requirements is important to many in offering our pet a long, happy, healthy life together. In choosing a dog food that offers the best nutrition for our pet may be the most important decision a pet owner may have to make in offering a safe environment for their pet. For more information regarding dog nutritional requirements, these individuals can contact the Experts to receive reliable information and answers.

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