The continuing economic crisis could put your dog’s health in jeopardy. It’s tempting to choose economical dog food, rather than quality products when money is tight. While this might seem like a good idea, it could affect your dog’s nutrition and ultimately cost you more in vet bills.
I recently was at my vet’s office for my Greyhound Shiraz’s yearly exam and had this same talk as she pointed out since I went with a lesser brand recently that Sugar was at the top of the ingredients. I too didn’t realize how I was compromising my dog’s health by a short term plan which could have long term higher costs.
Sylvia Dickens explains further in this article.
Cheap dog food does not contain the nutritional benefits that higher priced good dog food does. Economical dog food is loaded with filler, whereas quality foods provide your dog will only good dog food nutrition. Without proper nutrition, your dog can suffer from any number of related diseases which, in turn, can lead to high vet bills down the road.
Keep in mind, too, that your dog will need to eat more of the economical food to gain the same benefits. In fact, your dog is likely to demand more food to feel satisfied. In the long run, he eats more, costing you more. Then, there are the dangers of poor dog nutrition that include a compromised immune system, poor coat and decreased skin health that can require otherwise avoidable vet bills.
Here are five tips to protect your dog’s health.
1. Buy high quality nutrition-packed dog food that contains high levels of meat, vegetables and whole grain. This will maintain your dog’s strong immune system, healthy and vibrant coat, and strong teeth. Good dog food will also boost your dog’s resistance to disease.
2. Dogs like variety and so do their bodies. Choose a diet that alternates between several different dog foods to reduce the chance of your dog developing food allergies. Alternate foods come with their own specific nutritional strengths. For instance, your dog will get different forms of protein and nutritional balances from kibble, canned food, and homemade dog food. By switching between them, you can ensure your dog gets sufficient nutrition. Be sure that each option is nutrition-packed.
3. Pay special attention to your dog’s grooming. Keep him or her clean and parasite free. Your efforts will go a long way to preventing related skin and internal diseases such as hot spots on the skin, ticks, fleas, and worms.
4. Give your dog regular veterinarian checkups to catch any problems early on. The sooner you identify potential health issues, the sooner treatment and preventative measures can be taken to ensure your dog’s health. Be sure to discuss your dog’s nutrition and any signs of problems on each visit.
5. Get medical attention for your pet immediately when you detect any signs of illness. By getting early treatment, you can prevent more serious nutrition-related problems and the increased cost of treatment.
Along with providing your pet with good dog food nutrition, be sure to include regular physical exercise in your dog’s daily routine. This will ensure that your pet maintains his or her optimal wellness to ward off disease.
Follow these simple steps and you can help protect your dog’s health to ensure your pet enjoys a long and healthy life.
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