Feeding your dog well means ensuring a quality of life for as long as possible. But, for that, you have to follow a few rules …
1- BARF OR NOT?
Barf food consists of getting closer to the natural food of a wild canine: namely raw . If the dog is fond of it, it requires a great investment from the owner. Because, to be balanced and especially not to be deficient in calcium, such a meal must include several types of meat (organ meats, muscles), bone, vegetables and fruits and oil, or even food supplements. So do not embark on the Barf adventure alone …
2- VEGAN OR NOT?
Unlike the wolf, the dog can digest starch. For vegans, this allows him to do without food of animal origin. But, while it is technically possible to make vegetarian croquettes and pâtés , many nutrients – arachidonic acid, taurine and the right doses of amino acids such as arginine, tryptophan, phenylalanine and tyrosine, not to mention the vitamins A and D, must be added to it in synthetic form. Vegetable proteins are also poorly digested if they are present in excessive quantities. This is why a vegan household ration remains difficult to balance. It is even not recommended for puppies.
3- WITH OR WITHOUT GLUTEN?
Criticized in human food, gluten, this protein naturally present in wheat, rye and barley, is banned from certain dog diets. Gluten free is even a trendy diet, although we do not really know if it is suitable for all breeds. If in doubt, if your dog is exhibiting diarrhea , itching and severe fatigue, seek the advice of your veterinarian.
4- “WITHOUT CEREALS” OR NOT?
The binder of croquettes is the starch which comes from cereals (rice, wheat, corn, potatoes or peas…). If the dog tolerates it fairly well, he should not ingest too much of it (15% being the norm). However, some croquettes contain up to 80%! We must therefore read the compositions.
5- ORGANIC OR NOT?
The choice of organic for his dog responds first of all to a personal ethic. While organic food is guaranteed to be free from pesticides, GMOs and chemicals, it does not necessarily meet the physiological needs of the species. Some veterinarians even criticize them for not containing enough essential fatty acids, the famous omega 3s which, without a synthetic product (therefore not organic), do not keep well. So organic or not, you have to check the composition of the product and that it is indeed certified AB.
6- HOW MANY MEALS PER DAY?
If you can give your dog only one meal a day, we recommend two rations that he will assimilate more easily. Three meals a day will be pushed for large breeds that are prone to stomach twists, a veterinary emergency. A puppy does not take the rhythm of adults until 6 months.
7- TREATS OR NOT?
Indispensable (in moderation), they fall into two categories. The educational ones, which reward the dog. And the “hygienic”, which are sticks to chew and gnaw, limiting the formation of tartar. In both cases, their energy intake should be deducted from the daily ration to avoid overweight.