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HOW TO MAKE THE BESTS HOMEMADE DOG FOODS?
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In my previous article, I mentioned how a balanced meal for dogs should be a combination of a homemade meal and readymade dry food made by well-known brands. We already talked about a top dog food brand and criteria for choosing the right dry food. In this article, I am going to talk about how to make homemade meals for the dog.

First of all like humans your dog also needs vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber from his food. Dogs can only digest couple of ingredients. Most spices/sauces we eat are toxic for dogs. You should always prepare your dog’s food separately; you cannot give him foods your family eats.

Some may argue and say why cook for dogs at home. I disagree with this. I can talk about many reasons why you should cook for your dog at home. Most importantly even the best ready-made dog food does not contain all the required nutrition. Dog foods are expensive; if your dog eats half homemade meal and half pre-prepared food, then it will save some money for you. Lastly, preparing a meal for dogs is one of the easiest jobs on this planet.

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Dry Food or Wet Food? How Can You Choose the Best for Your Pet?
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Veteran dog parents know all about right dog food based on their previous experiences. New pet owners always have tough times deciding which food will be best for their four-legged child. The most common question is which is best for dogs, dry food or wet food?

Today I will try to end your dilemma in this article. I will talk about benefits and problems of both dry food and wet food. Read and decide which type of food is best for your dog.

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How To Extra Nutrition To Your Dog’s Daily Diet?
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Dogs will eat meat without any hesitation at all. Our four-legged friends love the smell of meat. But meats can only supply protein to their bodies. Dogs need fiber, vitamins, and iron just like humans. Some good dog food brands do make well-balanced meals. But they are incredibly costly. We know some of our readers are college students who cannot afford to buy those brands every month. But that does not mean they cannot give their dogs more nutritious foods, here is a sneaky way to give your dog more healthy foods.

Vegetables: Green vegetables supply manganese, iron, potassium, and Fiber. Broccoli does not have any taste or smell. Add broccoli in all dog’s meals. You can add ¾ cup meat and ¼ cup broccoli. Your dog will eat broccoli even without knowing eat. Also, put finely chopped carrots in every dog meal.

Treats: Every dog loves a sweet treat. Instead of giving him dog biscuits give him small pieces of watermelon, mango, or apple. These foods contain lots of vitamins. These fruits will give your dog shiny hair.

Brown Rice: Brown rice has lots of health benefits. Keep feeding your dog rice with meats.

Oatmeal: Dogs will not plain oatmeal. However, Oatmeal is very healthy for dogs. Put some small pieces of meats in boiling water. Boil the meats for ten minutes. Now add the oat. You can also add some salt. Your dog will not say no to meat flavored oatmeal.

Water: Since dogs eat lots of meat, they also need to drink plenty of fresh water to digest those proteins well. Give your dog foods like chicken soup with lots of water and vegetables. Chicken soup is the healthiest dinner for dogs.

Taking care of a dog is not much different from raising a human kid. Both kids and dogs will only eat foods that they like, so you have to be sneaky.

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Dear First Time Dog Parents Here Is Why You Should Learn About Food Labels And Ingredients?
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The labels on food packets are not there for decoration only. Well-known brands put all the ingredients they used or the product on their label. Sadly, not many customers bother to read the labels of foods they buy. Dogs are allergic to many chemicals, preservatives. If you are a busy dog parent and your dogs eat dry dog food, then you need to start reading the labels of dog foods. This habit can save your dog’s life. I will tell you more about the importance of reading dog food labels in this article.

First of all take a good look at the ingredients list; here is what these ingredients means,

  1. Meat: Actual flesh of the animal. It can be chicken, beef or any types of fish.
  2. Meat by-products: Meat by-products are not flesh. It means kidney, liver or bone.
  3. Poultry by-products: Liver or kidneys of poultry animals are used to make poultry by-product. Chicken feathers do not count as poultry by-product.
  4. Take a look at the entire list; if you see some fancy names which you do not understand, research about them, it is possible all these ingredients are preservatives. A dog food with multiple preservatives is not good for your dog.

You need to choose a product that contains more meats and fewer meat by-products. Your dog needs to eat foods that have very low sodium. So, take a look at sodium percentage in the dog food.

You must be aware of food safety certificate of your country. Every country uses a particular symbol which shows the product is tested and you can use that without any fear. Learn more about ideal safe dog food certificate of your particular country and see if the dog food you choose have that symbol or not.

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HOW TO MAKE THE BESTS HOMEMADE DOG FOODS?
by Our Author

In my previous article, I mentioned how a balanced meal for dogs should be a combination of a homemade meal and readymade dry food made by well-known brands. We already talked about a top dog food brand and criteria for choosing the right dry food. In this article, I am going to talk about how to make homemade meals for the dog.

First of all like humans your dog also needs vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber from his food. Dogs can only digest couple of ingredients. Most spices/sauces we eat are toxic for dogs. You should always prepare your dog’s food separately; you cannot give him foods your family eats.

Some may argue and say why cook for dogs at home. I disagree with this. I can talk about many reasons why you should cook for your dog at home. Most importantly even the best ready-made dog food does not contain all the required nutrition. Dog foods are expensive; if your dog eats half homemade meal and half pre-prepared food, then it will save some money for you. Lastly, preparing a meal for dogs is one of the easiest jobs on this planet.

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Everything You Need To Know About Raw Dog Food
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Is it okay to feed your dog raw foods? I had doubts about feeding my dog raw meat. I decided to learn all about raw food diets for dogs. Today I am going to share my knowledge with you. I am going to talk about benefits and disadvantages of raw food diet for dogs.
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Important Question, How Much Food Should I Feed My Adult Dog?
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Is my dog eating enough? Dog parents do think about this question often. Four legged babies cannot talk, so we do not understand if they ate enough. Most new dog parents end up over feeding their dogs. Obesity is not good for dogs. Overeating causes weight gain in dogs. Dogs suffer from diabetes, energy loss, if they are carrying extra weight. Modern vets do tell their clients about feeding the dog within his required daily calorie intake. If you do not know anything about your dog’s required daily calorie intake, then read this article as I am going to talk about how much food your dog needs every day.

Here is a chart of daily calorie intakes for different breeds of dogs,

Breed Weight Dry food quantity per day
Chihuahua, Poodle , mini dogs Less than 10 lbs ¼ cup
Beagle, Cocker Spaniel, (medium dog breeds ) 25 to 50 pounds 2 cups
Golden Retriever, Boxer 50 to 75 pounds 3 cups
Great Dane and other large dogs Over 75 pounds 4 cups

Keep weighing your dogs and follow the above food chart according to his weight. Remember more foods do not mean more love. Your dog does not really need extra food. Overweight dogs do not live long. Like humans extra weight can kill a dog. So be careful when you are feeding your dog. If your dog is eating home cooked meals then please follow the cup sizes mentioned on the chart for specific dogs.

Important tips: Some of us adopt rescue dogs who are malnourished. These dogs may need more foods than mentioned on above chart. However, you must talk to your vet about your rescue dog’s calorie requirement per day.

P.S. Do not feed your dog more than three times a day.

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Necessary Dieting Changes You Need To Make When Your Puppy Becomes An Adult Dog
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Puppies are always hungry like babies. You have to keep feeding small dog babies nutritious meals throughout the day. Adult dogs need three meals only. But they require more nutrition. Dog’s life has three stages. A puppy needs lots of care as he is growing every day. Middle age dogs needs three balanced meals and occasional snacks. Older dogs do not have great appetite, and most of them have weak teeth, aged dogs need different types of foods. Today we are going to tell you all about ideal dog diet for every age.
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First Time Dog Parenting Tips: Everyday Foods That Can Kill Your Dog
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Do you know dogs can die on the spot after eating a little piece of chocolate? Scary right, but wait, there are more human foods which are toxic to dogs. You cannot just keep these foods lying around in your home. Pet dogs around the world died because their owners allowed them to eat something toxic. You do not want to be one of those dog parents right? Then read this article with attention and try to keep the mentioned foods away from your dog as long as he lives.

Chocolate

Chocolate is the worst food for dogs. It can kill dogs within hours. Take your dog to the vet immediately if he accidentally swallowed a piece of chocolate.

Sweets

Birthday cake, candies are no-no for dogs. Most candies contain Xylitol, which is poison for dogs. Cakes are made with butter, cream, these food items make dog’s hair fall off.

Avocado, onion and garlic

Three great vegetables for humans, however they are toxic for dogs. Do not ever cook your dog’s meat with onion and garlic.

Alcohol

Obviously you are not going to feed your puppy alcohol. But dogs are curious, they may try to taste alcohol if you spill wine on the floor. Alcohol affects dog’s brain and liver, very dangerous for them.

Grapes

Grapes cause kidney failure in dogs. Do not ever feed your dog raisins either. Grapes, raisins cause painful slow death for dogs.

Milk and Dairy products

Do you remember how animal activists freaked out when they saw a picture of Prince George feeding his dog an ice-cream? Dairy products are not good for dogs. It hurts their internal organs.

Raw eggs

Boiled eggs are safe for dogs. An adult dog can eat a whole boiled egg per day. But raw eggs can give dogs E. coli.

Apart from these foods, any food with caffeine is also harmful to dogs.

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Important Question, How Much Food Should I Feed My Adult Dog?
by Our Author

Is my dog eating enough? Dog parents do think about this question often. Four legged babies cannot talk, so we do not understand if they ate enough. Most new dog parents end up over feeding their dogs. Obesity is not good for dogs. Overeating causes weight gain in dogs. Dogs suffer from diabetes, energy loss, if they are carrying extra weight. Modern vets do tell their clients about feeding the dog within his required daily calorie intake. If you do not know anything about your dog’s required daily calorie intake, then read this article as I am going to talk about how much food your dog needs every day.

Here is a chart of daily calorie intakes for different breeds of dogs,

Breed Weight Dry food quantity per day
Chihuahua, Poodle , mini dogs Less than 10 lbs ¼ cup
Beagle, Cocker Spaniel, (medium dog breeds ) 25 to 50 pounds 2 cups
Golden Retriever, Boxer 50 to 75 pounds 3 cups
Great Dane and other large dogs Over 75 pounds 4 cups

Keep weighing your dogs and follow the above food chart according to his weight. Remember more foods do not mean more love. Your dog does not really need extra food. Overweight dogs do not live long. Like humans extra weight can kill a dog. So be careful when you are feeding your dog. If your dog is eating home cooked meals then please follow the cup sizes mentioned on the chart for specific dogs.

Important tips: Some of us adopt rescue dogs who are malnourished. These dogs may need more foods than mentioned on above chart. However, you must talk to your vet about your rescue dog’s calorie requirement per day.

P.S. Do not feed your dog more than three times a day.

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Everything You Need To Know About Raw Dog Food
by Our Author
Is it okay to feed your dog raw foods? I had doubts about feeding my dog raw meat. I decided to learn all about raw food diets for dogs. Today I am going to share my knowledge with you. I am going to talk about benefits and disadvantages of raw food diet for dogs.
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Dear First Time Dog Parents Here Is Why You Should Learn About Food Labels And Ingredients?
by Our Author

The labels on food packets are not there for decoration only. Well-known brands put all the ingredients they used or the product on their label. Sadly, not many customers bother to read the labels of foods they buy. Dogs are allergic to many chemicals, preservatives. If you are a busy dog parent and your dogs eat dry dog food, then you need to start reading the labels of dog foods. This habit can save your dog’s life. I will tell you more about the importance of reading dog food labels in this article.

First of all take a good look at the ingredients list; here is what these ingredients means,

  1. Meat: Actual flesh of the animal. It can be chicken, beef or any types of fish.
  2. Meat by-products: Meat by-products are not flesh. It means kidney, liver or bone.
  3. Poultry by-products: Liver or kidneys of poultry animals are used to make poultry by-product. Chicken feathers do not count as poultry by-product.
  4. Take a look at the entire list; if you see some fancy names which you do not understand, research about them, it is possible all these ingredients are preservatives. A dog food with multiple preservatives is not good for your dog.

You need to choose a product that contains more meats and fewer meat by-products. Your dog needs to eat foods that have very low sodium. So, take a look at sodium percentage in the dog food.

You must be aware of food safety certificate of your country. Every country uses a particular symbol which shows the product is tested and you can use that without any fear. Learn more about ideal safe dog food certificate of your particular country and see if the dog food you choose have that symbol or not.

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How To Extra Nutrition To Your Dog’s Daily Diet?
by Our Author

Dogs will eat meat without any hesitation at all. Our four-legged friends love the smell of meat. But meats can only supply protein to their bodies. Dogs need fiber, vitamins, and iron just like humans. Some good dog food brands do make well-balanced meals. But they are incredibly costly. We know some of our readers are college students who cannot afford to buy those brands every month. But that does not mean they cannot give their dogs more nutritious foods, here is a sneaky way to give your dog more healthy foods.

Vegetables: Green vegetables supply manganese, iron, potassium, and Fiber. Broccoli does not have any taste or smell. Add broccoli in all dog’s meals. You can add ¾ cup meat and ¼ cup broccoli. Your dog will eat broccoli even without knowing eat. Also, put finely chopped carrots in every dog meal.

Treats: Every dog loves a sweet treat. Instead of giving him dog biscuits give him small pieces of watermelon, mango, or apple. These foods contain lots of vitamins. These fruits will give your dog shiny hair.

Brown Rice: Brown rice has lots of health benefits. Keep feeding your dog rice with meats.

Oatmeal: Dogs will not plain oatmeal. However, Oatmeal is very healthy for dogs. Put some small pieces of meats in boiling water. Boil the meats for ten minutes. Now add the oat. You can also add some salt. Your dog will not say no to meat flavored oatmeal.

Water: Since dogs eat lots of meat, they also need to drink plenty of fresh water to digest those proteins well. Give your dog foods like chicken soup with lots of water and vegetables. Chicken soup is the healthiest dinner for dogs.

Taking care of a dog is not much different from raising a human kid. Both kids and dogs will only eat foods that they like, so you have to be sneaky.

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