Dietary Tips for a Healthy, Disease-Free Pet

Just like humans, dogs also require a balanced diet in order to avoid health problems, old age problems and even to have a good physical appearance. Experts say dogs need the proper mix of nutrients to avoid skin, dental, digestive, and even chronic health problems. Globally, the pet population has reached 1 billion and studies show that more than 50% of pets will experience at least one health problem during their lifetime. Signs of health problems may first be seen in a dog’s physical appearance, whether it’s the dull coat on your paw, discolored tongue, slight signs of skin irritation or joint stiffness. (Also read: International Dog Day: Dog Breeds Best Adapted to Indian Climate)

Globally, the pet population has reached 1 billion and studies show that more than 50% of pets will experience at least one health problem during their lifetime.  (Pixabay)
Globally, the pet population has reached 1 billion and studies show that more than 50% of pets will experience at least one health problem during their lifetime. (Pixabay)

Dr. Aradhana Pandey, BVSC & AH, MBA Hospital Administration, Director Doggy World Ventures Pvt Ltd., in an interview with HT Digital, suggests dietary tips for your canine friends.

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1. Hair and Coat

The first attraction at the sight of a dog is the fur coat that surrounds its body. The healthier the dog, the shinier its coat. To nourish your dog’s hair and coat, their diet should contain omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids as well as GLA as well as key nutrients, such as B vitamins, amino acids, zinc and copper. Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is an omega-6 fatty acid. It is found in various plant seed oils such as borage oil. These nutrients are enough to ensure that your dog’s fur is not brittle or coarse, but rather healthy.

2. Dental care

Some dogs are more prone to dental tartar buildup. After eating, food residue forms a thin layer of plaque covering the teeth. Over time, plaque calcifies into tartar, which can accelerate the buildup of bacteria. You can take care of your dog’s dental hygiene and consider brushing their teeth regularly using toothpaste specifically designed for dogs and an appropriately sized toothbrush.

But for healthy teeth, a complete diet is essential, consisting of kibble formulated with a specialized texture that gently scrubs your dog’s teeth as he chews, creating a brushing effect. The diet should contain calcium chelators which bind calcium in the dog’s mouth and help reduce tartar buildup and formation. Oral hygiene plays an important role in your dog’s overall health. If you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s health, please take him to the veterinarian.

3. Language

Have you ever noticed that your dog has a pale pink to white tongue? This may then be a sign of internal bleeding or anemia caused by medications. If it is anemia, it could be due to insufficient iron intake in the dog’s diet. Please consult your veterinarian if symptoms persist.

4. Joints and bones

Keep your dog active by exercising regularly, but avoid stressing his joints with high-impact jumping or sudden stops and starts. It’s also important to maintain your dog’s weight, as extra pounds put extra strain on their joints. To help maintain healthy bones and joints, the diet should provide advanced nutrients, including collagen and antioxidants, to help support cartilage during the aging process. He must also limit the number of calories to maintain a healthy weight and limit pressure on the joints.

5. Digestion

Digestive discomfort is no fun for anyone, including your dog. Avoid giving your dog human food or fatty snacks. Follow the dietary recommendations provided, taking care to establish and follow a daily eating routine. A diet containing high quality nutrients such as highly digestible proteins (LIP), a blend of prebiotics and a blend of soluble and insoluble fiber to promote balanced intestinal flora providing digestive comfort and helping to promote optimal stool quality.

6. Paws

A healthy dog ​​always entertains its parent while enjoying their playtime. But if your dog’s paws are stopping him from having fun, make sure his diet contains optimal amounts of zinc, calcium, manganese, copper and selenium. Your dog’s paws should be smooth, plump and healthy so that he can run freely.

7. Stress

Changes in your dog’s routine can impact his well-being. Situations such as a car trip, moving to a new home, or the arrival of a new baby can make a dog nervous. Nervousness can arise in unpredictable situations, so it’s a good idea to follow a routine in everyday life. Try to give your dog enough time to adjust to possible changes. Adapting your diet can help you cope with change. A diet prepared with high-quality, naturally-derived adaptogenic nutrients will help your dog feel relaxed in an intense and changing environment.

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