6 easy checks to see if your dog is eating healthy
- Is your loved one looking his or her fabulous best?
- Lovely shiny coat?
- Irritated or red skin?
- Carrying a few extra pounds?
- Stools good?
- Bouncing off the ceiling?
1. Is your loved one looking his or her fabulous best?
Dogs don´t lie and if your best friend looks in rude health then he or she probably is. If your dog is bright and sharp, with attentive clear eyes and a moist nose and just beams happiness and health, then odds are that all is well.
2. Lovely shiny coat?
Dogs have a way of showing they are not 100% in their coat. If it´s dull rather than shiny, or full of dry skin, then something is amiss. It could be as simple as a lack of Omega 3 or 6, or a sign of something more serious.
3. Irritated or red skin?
If your dog's skin is irritated or red the most likely cause is allergies. Dogs, like humans, can be allergic to many things such as dust mites (and cats!). But, one of the most common allergens is food and to avoid serious problems you should look at grain free and exclusion diet foods. Check out this link about healthy food
If your dogs skin is irritated or red avoid foods with grain, eggs, diary and multiple sources of protein. Be aware that even foods that are sold as hypoallergenic are usually not exclusion diet. The food might be chicken, but use “animal fat” say. This should be avoided as there could very well be ingredients your dog is allergic to in that “animal fat” or other such vague categories.
Learn more about allergies in dogs here: Does my dog have allergies?
4. Carrying a few extra pounds?
Being overweight is not adorable in a dog. It´s a health risk. Obesity affects as many as 50% of UK dogs according to some studies.
Obesity in dogs is related to a string of chronic diseases, including:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Respiratory concerns
Overall, obesity lowers your dog's life expectancy.
To check the condition of your dog do this simple check. Look down at your dog and feel its ribs. You should easily feel the ribs, but not see them
If your dog is overweight, then its time to feed a little less and exercise a little more!
5. Stools good?
Are your dog's stools normally good, or does he or she often have an upset tummy?
If fed on a high quality food your dog's stools should be relatively smaller, not too smelly and nice and firm. If this is not the normal every day state of affairs, then something is not right and you should change the food or talk to your vet.
6. Bouncing off the ceiling?
If your furry friend is bouncing off the ceiling, then read the ingredients list on the back of the dog food bag. Sweeteners and colorants have much the same effect on dogs as they do on us humans. And you can imagine what happens to the kids if you feed them on sweets and junk food.
Choose a meat based, grain free food with no sweeteners and colorants and your hyper hound will calm right down.