Why a Pet’s Diet is Important

doggyIn July we adopted our adult Yorkie from an animal rescue and loved him from the start.  He loves to cozy up beside us wherever we are and has the sweetest little face.  It has been a long time since I’ve had a pet, so in a sense, I’m really staring over when it comes to knowing what to do and how best to take care of a pet, so I’ve been reading and doing research the past three months.

Since we adopted him, he has been on an wholesome diet of good quality dog foods.  Currently, we are trying Blue Wilderness for small breeds – the verdict is still out on whether or not it will be a keeper.  But our dog does not get greasy or processed table foods like many pets are given.

We recently went out of town and had a dog-sitter for the night.  Upon returning home, our poor dog was very sick – he had diarrhea and vomiting that we have concluded was a result of a greasy diet at the dog-sitter’s, where he was fed table food for about a 24-hour period.

This was proof positive to me that an animal can have as sensitive a stomach as a human being.  It is also an example of how processed, greasy, unhealthy foods can wreak havoc on the digestive system of both man and animal. Pet diets high in unhealthy fats and sodium can lead to health problems, just as it can lead to problems in humans.

I have also recently learned that high-quality dry dog foods have a much better protein content than wet dog food.  Additionally, the natural crunchy texture of dry dog food aids in helping to clean the dog’s teeth.

Our poor doggy has also been dealing with dry skin.  One way I am trying to treat this is through diet, and I’ve experimented with giving him very small amounts of organic hemp seeds (high in omega 3s and 6) with his meals and it has not given him any trouble.  I’ve also been using an all-natural dog wash that is supposed to be good for irritated, dry skin and dandruff.  I will review that in the near future.

I continue to research dog foods and diets, but one thing I know for sure is that our dog’s diet is just as important as ours.  When we adopted him, we committed to give him a good life, and healthy food is a part of that.

What type of all-natural food works best for your dog?

2 thoughts on “Why a Pet’s Diet is Important

  1. Tranquil says:

    Diet is so important for pets too! When we first got my super sweet lab-pitt mix he used to suffer from coarse, wiry, sparse fur with itchy skin and numerous hot spots that would turn into big, red, furless sores. Putting him on a grain free diet and giving him fish oil has turned his coat around a complete 180. He takes three fish oil capsules in the morning and three at night thrown in with his food. His coat is now lush and silky, and enviably shiny (so much more pleasant to pet and cuddle). He often gets mistaken for a dog half his age (he’s nine). No more hot spots and sores. A few months ago a well-intentioned neighbor lady gave him a few milk bones (grain!) and the next day he had itchy spots and sores forming. This definitely helped to reaffirm the need for him to always be grain free. When we’ve run out of fish oil for a short time before his coat also started looking duller and coarser in no time.

    • Brianna says:

      Tranquil – that’s fantastic that you healed your dog through diet! My dog’s issue may have been diet or allergies – we aren’t certain, but we have been able to heal his skin naturally, and I am so glad he no longer scratches his skin raw! He is so much more comfortable now.

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