Pet owners really love their cats and dogs. Unfortunately, they often equate their own needs with that of the pet’s needs. All humans need food, companionship, water and sleep. Animals, just like humans, need to live a healthy life that includes regular exercise and proper nutrition.

From birth through old age, our nutritional needs change. As a baby, you drank formula and slowly graduated to solid foods. Pets are much like humans in that they require certain nutrients at different times in their lives. Switching your dog’s food may be necessary for a variety of reasons, such as digestive troubles or maybe, the brand is no longer sold. In addition to these issues, there are other reasons why it may be necessary to make a change in your dog’s diet. Continue reading to learn more about these reasons and how to introduce a new pet food into your pet’s diet.

Dog Enters a Different Stage of Life

There are three distinct stages in a dog’s life according to pet experts and veterinarians. The first stage is the puppy stage. During this stage, a puppy is actively growing and needs more protein and calories than the other stages of growth. Pet food for this stage of your puppy’s life is generally labeled as a “growth” formula or “puppy” food. The Association of American Feed Control Officials, also known as AAFCO, sets strict standards concerning the nutrients contained in this type of formula. It is imperative that you give a growing dog this type of pet food. Otherwise, your pet’s growth may be stunted or an illness may occur.

The second stage of life for a dog is called adult life. During this stage, the adult dog no longer needs the extra calories or protein that puppies need because they are no longer growing. Pets in this stage of life can become overweight if they do not receive enough exercise or are allowed to continue to eat puppy food. You want a food that is rated as an adult to help protect against obesity that can be detrimental to the health of your pet. There are pet foods that are marketed as pet food for all the stages of your pet’s life. These type of foods should be avoided as they contain excess calories, nutrients and fats that can lead to obesity.

The last stage of your pet’s life is considered senior life. During this stage of their life, pets may experience medical issues that require changes in their diet. If you pet has mobility issues, your vet may recommend a pet food that contains fatty acids to help lubricate their joints. If your pet suffers from kidney or heart disease, it is especially important that they are fed a pet food that is specifically made for these diseases. Unfortunately, the AAFCO does not have a formula specifically made for the senior pet. So, look for an adult formula that says that it is recommended for senior pets.

Pets are considered to be in the senior stage of life when they reach 7 to 8 years old. During this stage in your pet’s life, they will need a formula that offers extra immune and joint support to help them remain healthy and happy throughout their mature years.

Activity Levels

Another reason that you may need to switch to a different dog food is your dog’s activity level. Much like humans, the more active your pet is, the more calories it will need. Conversely, if your pet lives a sedentary lifestyle, he will require fewer calories. You want to ensure your pet is receiving the calories she needs without consuming too many that can lead to obesity. Read your pet food label to help you determine the number of calories in each serving size to ensure you pet is getting the proper nutrition.

Special Needs

Some dogs suffer from food sensitivities. Others have health problems that require different nutritional requirements. For this reason, it is important that your pet has regular veterinarian visits. During these visits, discuss your pet’s nutritional requirements and ask your vet to recommend a food based on their unique needs.

Different pet food formulas contain different nutrients. You want one that will supply your dog with the nutrition he needs during each stage of life. For example, if your pet has mobility issues or skin problems, you want a formula that contains essential fatty acids. Look for a dog food that contains both Omega-3 fatty acids and Omega-6 fatty acids, as they work together to ensure that your pet’s joints stay lubricated and their coats remain shiny and healthy.

If your pet seems weak or lethargic, schedule a visit to your veterinarian to ensure that your beloved pooch is receiving the nutrients he needs.

Another common problem in pets is gastrointestinal upset. This generally is due to a food sensitivity or stress. If you pet is suffering from upset stomach, constipation or diarrhea, it is essential that you take him to see the vet. He will get to the bottom of the problem and may recommend changing what you feed your pet.

Proper nutrition is one of the best ways to ensure that your pet lives a long, healthy life. If you suspect you need to change you dog’s diet, consult your veterinarian as sudden changes in your pet’s diet can lead to further complications. Proper nutrition throughout all the stages of your dog’s life will help ensure that your pet has a happy, healthy life.

Martyn Williams is a record-holding extreme explorer, author and successful entrepreneur. He is a yoga teacher and practices natural and Ayurveda healing. To learn more, check out his site,

by Sally Gutteridge

Is your dog always telling you how hungry he is? Perhaps you can’t seem to fill him up or maybe you feel guilty that he won’t eat his own food but often looks like he is starving whilst you eat yours?

Hunger in dogs can be due to a number of things and sometimes the big eyed, pleading animal is not actually hungry at all, but how can you tell the difference?

Does the Dog Food Satisfy?

The first thing to do, if your dog still seems hungry, is take a look at your dog’s food packaging. What does his dinner actually contain? Is it fulfilling all of your dog’s nutritional needs or does it leave him lacking? It is absolutely reasonable that if your dog eats poor quality food he could eat the entire bowl and still be hungry afterwards because his body needs specific vitamins which poor quality food does not fully supply.

Whilst researching and writing the complete natural health guide for Shih Tzu Web I found a few great online resources that enable you to locate the best dog food for your budget and your dog’s appetite. The basic rule with dog food, at the moment, is that anything goes.

Much commercial dog food is made ingredients deemed unfit for human consumption and vitamin content is of such low quality that they may not help control your dog’s hunger at all.

The lesson is that if your dog ignores his own food, yet will eat anything else that’s going, it may be because his food is no good for him. So check out that bag, tin or foil of dog food first.

How is Your Dog’s General Condition?

Your dog’s general condition will tell you how well his food is meeting his nutritional needs. The first few signs of nutrient deficiency are pretty obvious yet by the time they appear the dog’s immune system is already affected.

If your dog is eating all of his food yet still seems hungry and has the following symptoms then it is time to look at whether his food is doing its job;

  • Low quality coat
  • Dandruff
  • Depression
  • Hunger despite being at full weight or even overweight
  • Wind
  • Poor quality stools
  • Repeated episodes of parasites, particularly fleas

All of the above symptoms can be obvious signs of poor quality food and allergen ingestion. When a food is poor quality the dog can become overweight yet easily still be hungry because the body is screaming out for nutrients. This is a problem in the human species too and exactly why fast food diets lead to obesity in many people.

So first of all if your dog is hungry check out the ingredients of his food. You can also take a look at Dog Food Project for further information.

What If His Food Is Top Quality?

If you spend a fortune on dog food, try the very best to keep your dog’s appetite satiated yet he still seems hungry what on earth can you do?

First of all be sure that your dog does not have worms or other parasites which may be stealing his nutrients. Many veterinarians have one off worm treatment that are pretty un-invasive and by treating your dog you can be sure that he is not still hungry.

If you have everything covered with food and parasite treatments and your dog still seems hungry you may simply be reinforcing a begging habit. When a dog begs from the table or your plate and you hand over some food you are on a slippery slope to fussy eating.

If you suspect that your dog’s eyes are hungrier than his stomach you only need to look at his general condition to confirm this. The canine with a shiny coat, healthy weight and sprightly stride probably just begs out of habit.

When the dog is in great physical condition his body betrays him and no matter how hungry he looks his food probably meets his nutritional needs perfectly well. This type of begging is related more to behavior than health and the dog that does it, is probably not even hungry at all.




Sally Gutteridge is a member of the International Society of Animal Professionals. She is a qualified British Military dog trainer and trainer of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. She is soon to be fully qualified Canine Behavior Manager. With the rehabilitation experience of many broken rescue dogs and the careful training of many Shih Tzu dogs, Sally has written the definitive course on improving your dog’s behavior and your understanding of it. She shares her knowledge at Shih Tzu Web.

Most dog owners today are happy to open a bag of kibble or a can of pet food without thinking too much about what’s inside. We take it for granted that the food is nutritious for our dogs, though some foods may be better than others. Most people don’t realize that commercial dog food has only existed for about 150 years. Prior to that, dogs ate leftovers and whatever their owners scraped up for them.

Can dogs eat people food?

Yes, dogs can eat the same food that people eat. There are some particular foods that dogs should avoid, but they can eat most foods without any problem.

Which foods should dogs avoid?

Foods that dogs should avoid include:

  • Alcohol
  • Avocado and other pits (note that the flesh from avocados is fine for dogs; it’s the pits and skins that are problematic)
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate (the darker the chocolate, the worse it is for your dog)
  • Cooked bones (raw bones are usually fine)
  • Corn on the cob (the cobs can be very dangerous)
  • Grapes and raisins (they may be coated with a mycotoxin which doesn’t affect humans but which is dangerous to dogs)
  • Hops
  • Macadamia nuts (can be deadly to dogs)
  • Marijuana
  • Nutmeg
  • Onions (very harmful to dogs; deadly to cats)
  • Persimmons, peaches, and plums
  • Potato, rhubarb, and tomato leaves (potatoes, tomatoes, etc., are fine; it’s the leaves which are a problem)
  • Tobacco
  • Xylitol (found in sugarless candy and chewing gum, among other things; also found in human toothpaste)
  • Yeast

Some people recommend avoiding milk and dairy for dogs because some dogs are lactose intolerant, like people, but most dogs can eat foods with low levels of lactose. Milk has a lot of lactose in it so it’s hard for some dogs to digest. But yogurt, cottage cheese, and cheeses like Swiss, Cheddar, and American have small amounts of lactose and most dogs can eat them in small amounts.

Some people will add other things to this list but these food items are nearly always recommended for dogs to avoid.

If you avoid giving your dog these specific foods, you can give your dog anything you eat. Many people feed their dogs raw food diets or cook for their dogs. These diets are based on feeding the dogs certain percentages of meat, fat, and other ingredients such as vegetables or dairy.

Can you give your dog people food along with his regular food?

Yes, within limits. If you want to add some people food to your dog’s regular kibble, you can generally make about ¼ to 1/3 of his food people food such as chicken wings, hamburger meat, or ground turkey. Add a little liver or other organ meat to the food along with a little yogurt and some steamed veggies (or break them down in a food processor first to serve them raw). As long as you keep the total amount of food added to your dog’s diet at less than 1/3 of his total food intake, it should not upset the balance of vitamins and minerals in his kibble. If you start adding more food than this to your dog’s kibble, it will throw off the vitamins and minerals in his food which can cause nutritional problems.

Some people like to toss their leftovers into a crockpot and use the crockpot stew as a topping for their dog’s food.

Will your dog like eating people food?

Yes, most dogs like eating some real meat and other foods, even if you just add it to their kibble as a topping. It adds more flavor to their kibble.

What if you want to feed your dog more than just a small amount of people food?

If you would like to start feeding your dog homecooked meals or a raw food diet on a regular basis, there are a lot of good books and e-mail groups to help people come up with nutritious meals for their dogs. It’s a good idea to talk to your veterinarian first, before making this kind of change in your dog’s diet. Many vets oppose these diets, partly because it can be hard to feed dogs a nutritionally balanced diet when formulating meals yourself. But even if your vet is discouraging, it’s still a good idea to have your dog checked out and make sure he is in good health before making a radical change in his diet.

You can also look for a vet who is comfortable working with an owner who feeds their own diet. There are vets who support raw food diets and homecooking for dogs. Or talk to a canine nutritionist before you start your dog’s new diet to get the best advice about what to feed.

Looking after for your family pet means caring about what your canine eats.  Diet plays an incredibly huge role in being sure that your puppy stays physically fit and also healthy. There are various different types of pet food out on the market.  In order to find the appropriate type of Dog Food for your pet, it is important to fully understand a few eating routine essentials.

Dry Food

Most dogs need a specific amount of dry, cereal based food within their diet.  Right now there are many benefits and advantages to feeding your canine friend this kind of food.  Nearly all commercial foods contain a extremely well-balanced and wholesome variety of ingredients.  Authorities develop the foodstuff in line with the specifications of the dog to make certain your canine friend receives the right daily mixture of vitamins and minerals.

Canned Dog Food

This kind of food is very high in protein and has a great deal of energy.  Numerous owners prefer to take care that their pet will get some canned food every day.  There is a wide range of various flavors accessible in fact it is also possible to combine the food with some cereal or dry kibble.  One issue to be mindful about is over-feeding.  This may cause a range of medical problems.  Talk to your vet regarding the proper amount to prepare and feed.  Young dogs, pregnant canines, productive dogs and elderly dogs all have extremely specific and varied dietary needs.

Goodies and Bones

There exists a great array of treats in the marketplace.  Treats can be a good way to reward your canine for excellent behavior.  They may also be the best way to show you care.  You will get bones from your nearby grocer.  They are extremely beneficial to teeth care and this will help to keep your pet well and healthy.

Toxic Food For Dogs

We all know chocolate is not good for our canines, and can possibly kill them.  Did you understand there are a variety of additional foods which can  potentially be dangerous to our canines?  Foods to keep out of your canines reach:


Alcoholic Beverages – alcohol can cause intoxication of course, but additionally can result in coma and demise, retain the beverages for the adults


Caffeine – found not solely in coffee, teas, but also in chocolate.  Can be poisonous to the heart and nervous system.  Can additionally lead to vomiting and diarrhea


Grapes, Raisins, Currants – the toxin is unknown, but has been known to bring about injury to the kidneys.


Vitamins consisting of iron – can be poisonous to the liver, kidneys and other organs


Macadamia nuts –  includes an not known toxin, but has been known to result in harm to the digestive system, nervous system and muscles.


Milk and other dairy products – can result in diarrhea


Mushrooms – contains toxins which can cause shock and demise


Rhubarb leaves – includes oxalates that negatively effect the digestive, nervous and urinary systems


Artificial sweeteners made up of Xylitol – can bring about hypoglycemia, vomiting, weakness and collapse.   If big amounts are ingested, may lead to liver failure.


In addition to the possibly dangerous  list of food above, there are a number of things that just make good sense to keep away from your dog.  It’s good practice to steer clear of the following for your dog:


Fish and chicken bones

Fat trimmings



Onions and garlic

Raw eggs, meats and fish


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Raw Food for A Dog

There is absolutely nothing such as the companionship of a pet. Pets have a unique way of endearing themselves to us in this kind of a way that they integrate into our households and become as cherished and important as every human member of the household. In return for their unwavering loyalty and friendship, dogs only ask that their master be as great and accountable as possible. One of probably the most essential needs of a canine is its nutrition, and lots of owners are recognizing that raw canine food will be the healthiest choice an proprietor can make.

Nevertheless, many other owners are nonetheless blind to that reality. Inexpensive, commercial canine meals such as processed kibble is pervasive in today’s society and is the cause for many damaging well being conditions in dogs, which in turn leads to trips to the vet and the related bills. Dogs are carnivores, and feeding your canine an appropriate diet for his unique nutritional needs results in substantial advantages.

When fed properly, dogs will turn out to be more healthy, lively, intelligent, and energetic. When dogs receive the appropriate amount of nutrition that they require, their coats become shinier and less susceptible to hair loss, their skin problems can be eliminated, their breath becomes fresher, their existence span becomes longer, and their general health improves significantly.

Most of the time, canine owners feed their dogs the usual and well-liked dog meals goods present in just about all pet stores and supermarkets. These artificial canine meals goods declare to be formulated by physicians and scientists to be able to offer the diet each and every canine needs. However, these processed food products are usually not good for the pet.

Even though artificial dog foods declare to provide all of the nutritional needs of dogs, they frequently do not include these nutrients in correct proportions. Processed dog foods have grains and cereals that are substances not ideal for dogs’ digestive systems. Also, the procedure used to cook processed dog foods, as well as long-term storage in factories, destroys the vitamins stored in them like nutritional vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, which make these processed foods less beneficial for the pets.

However, you can steer clear of feeding your canine processed food and produce a significantly healthier, smarter choice by switching your canine to raw food. According to raw feeding fans as well as scientists, raw pet foods are much better than processed foods in many various methods. For 1, raw feeding mimics the natural diet that animals would have in the wild and apply them to domesticated animals.

In addition, raw foods have much more nutritional worth. Raw food goods are fresh and made of 100% pure meat, edible bones, and vegetables. And because raw foods do not undergo cooking methods, they’re assured to keep all of the vitamins that they initially have. Not only that, raw foods offer the right diet for the canines as well as other advantages including healthier coats, stronger bodies, longer life spans, and better overall well being.

As being a pet owner, you need to realize that raw feeding will be the best way to keep your pet healthy and steer clear of costly veterinarian expenses. If you want to start feeding your dog raw foods, I recommend Darwin’s Organic Pet Meals. You won’t regret altering your pet’s diet after you see the benefits that raw dog meals has to provide.


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If you nourish your pet a healthy diet plan, the majority of research indicates that he or she will live an extended, healthy and very happy existence.  Dog food experts acknowledge that a canines diet is optimal when it is comprised of a mixture of various food types.  By way of example, you might wish to consider feeding you family pet canned food, bones, dry food and doggie goodies once in awhile.

If you are looking for the best dog food to give you four-legged friend, you should think about a variety of factors.  It is really important which you take into account you dog’s age.  This happens because a lot of dog food is particularly formulated to address age specific issues.  If you’ve got a puppy, you will want a mixture that encourages good bone growth of course , if you possess an older dog, you want food that’s more effortlessly digestible.  

Think about how big you dog is.  Huge dog breeds will require more energy as well as need a kind of food that’s for larger animals.  If you’ve got a really small dog, you will need a different type of food because toy dogs, for instance, can get overweight very easily.

If you are searching for a type of food, and feel overwhelmed by choice and number of dog food suppliers look for accreditations, scientific studies or an approval suggestion from a vet.  Your vet might actually decide to advise a certain kind of food for you to use.   Take into account the ingredients on the label and look at the sugar rations.  

The most effective dog food will have a lot of real meat in it.  A lot of organizations may have food that is lower in meat and and much higher in cereal, since this is less costly, but it’s not necessarily a good thing for your dog.

Everybody wants what is best for our four legged friends.  There are numerous different places that you should buy top quality dog food from, so deciding on the best alternative can be difficult.  You must look into how the commercial dog food is produced, just how much it will cost you, and the elements.  By contemplating these factors, you may make an educated choice and find the right food for your pet.

Making the Dog Food

Because pet food is commercially produced, you should think or find out about how each brand creates the food for your pet.  Typically, businesses will very carefully research and consider how you can mix the right vitamins and minerals in order to ensure that pets remain extremely healthy.  Dry dog food is created by isolating the meat and grinding it.  After this first step, the dog food is combined with various ingredients and extra nutritional supplements are added.  Dog food is cooked, shaped and packaged and preservatives are added so that the food lasts long-term for sale.  If you get food, remember that it’ll last approximately one year.  You ought to investigate the manufacturing process used by the companies because this may have a large influence on your dog’s health.

What is in Pet Food?

Pet food consists of a variety of various elements, including carbohydrates, healthy proteins, extra fat, minerals and vitamins.  It is extremely important that the right or correct ratios of these types of ingredients are utilized.  If the meals are not made correctly, it may cause medical problems, weight gain and an unhappy pet.  The main ingredient in pet food ought to be meat, however , many manufacturers skimp on this to economize.

Compare Prices

As there are many different forms of dog food to choose from, you ought to be able to find an excellent quality product that is also inexpensive.  Price compare, shop around and research so you find a very good option to give to your pet.

Natural Choice Dog Food

All natural choice dog food is a good source of fiber and antioxidants. Some natural choice foods contain manganese, phosphorous, calcium and potassium all these vitamins and minerals are very much necessary in their diet. There are many vegetable rich in antioxidant such as, dark green and bright orange. By feeding all natural dogs in their meal is just like getting an insurance policy for your loving pet.

There are lots of branded natural food available in market for your pet. However, it is better to consult with your veterinary doctor before feeding canned natural food. Advice of a doctor is very essential before going for an experiment because some canned food are made for specific dog breeds.

All these dog foods are 100% fat and oil free thus keep your dog healthy moreover; it is highly rich in protein and fiber. California natural dog food is particularly made for pets thus it give a high energy to the pets. All natural dog foods are a good source of fiber and antioxidant. Some of the natural food contain manganese, phosphorous, calcium and potassium all these vitamins and minerals are very much necessary in their diet.

There are many vegetable rich in antioxidant such as, dark green and bright orange. By feeding all natural dogs in their meal is just like getting a insurance policy for your loving pet. There is lots of branded natural food available in market for your pet. However, it is better to consult with your Viet nary doctor before feeding canned natural food. Advice of a doctor is very essential before going for an experiment because some canned food is especially kind of breads.

Every pet owner feel his pet should good breath, brilliant coat sheen, clean teeth, bright clear eyes and be healthy any time. For this entire thing, the pet should good quality of all natural food because a complete diet can only bring this affect to your adorable pet. One should take care about the health of their so that, pet also live a longer life.

If the pets are properly feed by rich nutrition then it will be prevention against common veterinary diseases. It is always suggested veterinary doctor to give holistic food to pet because home made food thus it keep pet away from artificial ingredients

There is a range of food should be avoided such as, cream, ice cream, fatty meat, raw pork and similar product. This type of product can cause indigestion to the animal which can lead dangerous diseases. A set of natural choice dog food should be given to the animal for the proper growth and good health of pet.

It is better to take the advice of doctor before making a diet for the animal. Junk food should not be given to the animal because it can cause food poison and other related digestion problem. Hence,  natural choice dog food products can keep your dog healthier and active.It is better to take the advice of doctor before making a diet for the animal. Junk food should not be given to the animal because it can cause food poison and other related digestion problem. Hence,  natural choice dog food products can keep your dog healthier and active.


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Various Dried Dog Food Choices

There are various dried dog food alternatives, so it is excellent to look into a little bit on behalf of your wonderful furry friends, so that they receive the best possible nutrition.  If you are likely to be a responsible owner, it is vital that you think about, and value, your dog’s diet. 

Do Your Homework About Diet Options

To acquire the very best dry dog food for your pet, you need to seek information.  You might want to get in touch with the dog breeder or person who you purchased your pet from.  Alternatively, you might wish to book a session with your local vet.  You neighborhood vet will see if your dog has any specific or special requirements, as well as attempt to make sure that a prescribed diet is granted if necessary.

See the Content label
If you take into consideration which brand or product to buy, ensure you browse the label.  Think about the main components which can be outlined and consider if they’ll be good for your dog.  Because dogs are carnivores, you must always try to pick a dried dog food which has as much meat as possible.  Dried food must also incorporate a good mixture of complex carbohydrates.  The basis for this is so that your dog could possibly get a continual, slow release of power during the day. 

Tips and Thoughts
You will need to to realize that some fats in dried dog food are a good issue; they’ll keep your dog’s coat very vivid.  Dogs love meat from lamb, fish or chicken, and they also really like some canned food with their dried pet food.  Some individuals soften the mixture with a little bit of tepid to warm water, particularly for older dogs.  You will see that many dried dog foods are categorized based on age bracket, for instance, puppy, adolescent, adult and older age groups.