Dog nutrition: how does the diet change?
Dog nutrition: which one to choose?
For Fido, following the right diet is a panacea. Several studies have highlighted that correct nutrition increases life expectancy and quality of our animal friends.
So the first rule is choose a diet for your dog that respects his nature. There is this belief that a dog can live well on a vegetarian or even vegan diet but that is not true. For the dog, meat and its nutrients are essential from weaning until adulthood. I myself follow a plant-based diet but I wouldn’t dream of taking away animal proteins and fats from my Cedric because he would develop deficiencies that would put him in serious danger.
Then there is the great debate: industrial or natural food?
Kibbles and industrial foods are easy to find and dose, even cheaper than home food. In many cases, however, it is poor quality foods, produced with food waste and filled with appetizing substances, artificial flavors and preservatives. And so do they specific foods due to different life stages or special needs, they are not always enough to satisfy the dog’s needs.
Home feeding requires more time and attention to manage correctly, whether it is BARF or a different natural feeding regime. But it allows you to put what he needs in Fido’s bowlit is more digestible and it is easier to avoid substances and foods to which the dog is allergic or intolerant.
How to help your dog accept the change in diet
Whether it’s switching from an industrial diet to a natural one, a change in diet due to a disorder or entering a new phase of life, Fido will need some time and patience to get used to it.
Here are some tips to simplify the transition and help your friend accept the new bowl without being heard by the whole neighborhood.
- Do not rush. The first tip is also the most important. The transition to the new diet should occur gradually, usually over a period of one to two weeks. Start on the first day by introducing a small portion of the new foods into the old regime and gradually increase the proportion until total replacement. This way you also reduce the risk of digestion or intestinal problems and it is easier to understand if Fido is having any negative reactions to the new food.
- Keep an eye on your stool. OK it’s not fun but it’s a quick and safe way to understand if your dog is reacting well to the change in diet. Even if the transition to the new diet occurs relatively quickly and painlessly, your dog’s digestive system may need a few weeks to fully adapt.
- If Fido refuses food, don’t force it. Keep the same proportion of new foods for a few days, to give him time to taste and get used to it. If he really doesn’t like it, ask your vet what you can try instead. No to do-it-yourself diets for your fido!
- If the dog becomes anxious or aggressive you can help him manage stress better with the help of calming crystals that bring serenity. Place the stone in the baby food area to energize the environment.
- Se fido can’t stand changes and the transition to the new diet risks turning into a tragedy for you and for him, try the mixture of Australian flowers Transition Pets. Contains essences that help you open up to new things, accept changes, dissolve negative emotions. If you prefer Bach flowers, Walnut it is the remedy that can provide support in all life transitions.
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