Make sure your dog has access to fresh water and the correct amount of food, it’s an easy way to keep them healthy. Talk to your veterinarian about your dog’s ideal weight based on age, size, and activity level and how often you should feed them based on these factors. Your dog’s dietary needs will change throughout their life. A puppy will need a different amount of food than an adult dog and will need to be fed more frequently. And senior dogs need a different diet too.
To make sure that your dog stays at a healthy weight keep an eye on their portions and adjust how much they’re feeding if they’re getting a lot of treats. Just like us dogs can have food allergies. Keep an eye out for the following symptoms of an allergic reaction. If your dog seems itchy, has scabs or irritated skin, is sneezing or has stomach issues like diarrhea, they may be having an allergic reaction. Your vet will be able to administer a test to weed out the allergy, or you may be able to deduct what your pet is allergic to if they have a reaction after eating a specific food.
Check your ingredients, the most common allergens are beef, dairy, wheat, corn, chicken, pork, and even peanut butter. If you’re going to give your dog any human food make sure it’s safe for dogs to consume. Some things that are perfectly delicious for us may be downright poisonous to your dog. Even if your dog doesn’t have allergies, keep hungry dogs away from the following: garlic, onion, grapes, chocolate, coffee, cherries, raw potatoes, alcohol, avocado, walnuts and macadamia nuts. By keeping these basic tips in mind you’re on the right track to keep your dog happy and healthy.