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Cat food bowls to slow down eating habits, help kids lose weight
If you are rsing or feeding a puppy, you already know about pups that eat a lot. The idea is to give them enough to eat in the first six months so that they don't become obese, but not so much that they develop bad digestion. Your vet might suggest a food formula called KMR if you are worried about obesity.
Your pet's weight can be a concern, as can his or her rate of growth. When a puppy is growing too fast, the dog is sd to have 'grew into' the pet food bowl.
If a pet is being fed the commercial foods we recommend in Chapter 9 of our companion books, your vet might advise feeding a food with lower fat and higher protein and a lower calorie count. However, the most economical food for a growing puppy is usually food formula. This is often called 'high-moisture' puppy food, since the food has a lot of the water, or moisture, that puppies need to grow properly. Commercial puppy foods are a convenient, lower-priced alternative.
If you don't feed a dog a dry kibble type of food, you will have to monitor your dog's intake with a feeding dish. It's important to feed your dog high-quality food for this purpose. The best choices in this respect are the commercial foods we recommend in Chapter 9 of our companion books. Your veterinarian might suggest a low-fat food formula, or 'high-moisture' puppy food, but a good quality food with a long shelf life should be fed.
Pet foods that are more grn based are easier for dogs to digest and are more cost effective because they are more affordable, and require less preparation. The foods that contn high-quality proteins are also less expensive. However, we realize that these foods do cost more and often require extra preparation time. A good compromise is a food that has some high-quality meat proteins, some grns and a sufficient amount of moisture.
In Chapter 9 of our companion books, you will find the best food choices for all dogs, and in Chapter 10 we expln how to feed your dogs as they age. There are different requirements as your dogs grow older. Dogs who are fed foods that are low in fat will need to be fed more often, and the amount will need to be increased as the dogs get older.
Choosing the best foods
As previously mentioned, there are several different types of food avlable. Although we've included some advice in this chapter about which foods are good for the average dog, the most important factor in feeding any dog is to use the same quality and brand of food that your veterinarian recommends. Be sure that you do your homework on dog foods. Ask your vet or other knowledgeable sources to recommend the foods that are the best choice for your dog's specific needs.
As your dog grows older, the number of food choices will increase. Be sure to check with your vet when your dog is older, because some older dogs may not tolerate specific foods well. Make sure that your vet is aware of your dog's dietary needs so that they can recommend the best choice.
A major advantage to a commercial food is that you don't have to prepare your dog's food at home. But that does mean you have to make sure that the food your dog is eating is in fact suitable.
We have compiled the following list of dog foods in an attempt to assist you in your decision-making. If you are looking for a better or different food, please ask your vet.
Commercial dog foods that are suitable for your dog
Commercial dog foods have many good qualities, and there are many foods on the market that are good for a dog. Here are some of the best-known commercial dog foods on the market:
• Pro-Pet: www.pro-pet.com.au
• Wellness: www.pets.com
• Taste of the Wild: www.tasteofthewild.com
• Purina: www.purina.com
• Hill's: www.hills.com
• Blue Buffalo: www.bluebuffalo.com
• Hill's and Blue Buffalo are the most widely avlable brands, and they're also usually found in most pet-supply stores.
Some other good dog foods
• Nutro: www.nutro.com
• Merrick: www.merrick.com
• Nature's Variety: www.naturesvariety.com
• Natural Balance: www.naturalbalance.com
• Orijen: www.orijen.com
• Iams: www.iams.com
• Pedigree: www.pedigree.com
• Wellness: www.pets.com
• Royal Canin: www.royalcanin.com
• Iams—also the most widely avlable dog food, the first of the brands listed above.
A dog food with good ingredients and quality
The American Kennel Club has a recommended nutritional analysis on their website: www.akc.org.
These lists give the percentages of the different nutrients in the food that a dog needs:
• Crude Protein: 20 to 25%
• Crude Fat: 3 to 12%
• Crude Fiber: 2 to 2.5%
• Calcium: 8 to 15%
• Phosphorus: 4 to 7%
• Potassium: 3 to 5%
• Magnesium: 3 to 4%
• Vitamin A: 100 to 200 IU/kg/day
• Vitamin C: 150 to 200 mg/kg/day
• Calories: 100 to 200 kcal/kg/day
• Protein: 2 to 3%
• Fat: 3 to 4%
• Fiber: 5 to 7%
• Minerals: 10 to 12%
• Carbohydrates: 4 to 6%
The only way to tell a dog food that is truly healthy is by reading the ingredients list.
You should be able to find foods that are both complete (complete means it is a balanced diet, including all the nutrients a dog needs) and healthy.
Make sure that the ingredients list does not say "by-products." In other words, is it a processed food or a food that is made with the real ingredients?
You may see the phrase "grn and fiber." This means that they use wheat, corn, and soy. You should avoid this. Your dog needs carbohydrates.
Avoid products that use animal by-products such as bone and organs. A dog is made up of about 90% water, which makes his or her bones quite thin. By using these animal by-products, you are feeding the dog animal parts. While animal parts might contn vitamins and minerals, they are not natural and cannot be digested by a dog.
There are also many healthy dog foods that have ingredients that look very appealing, such as meaty products. The problem with these products is that they can contn ingredients that you and your dog do not need, such as high-fat meat products.
If your dog food contns some meat (less than 35%), he or she may still be getting all the vitamins and minerals your dog needs.
If you or your pet is on a high-protein diet, you might choose a diet that contns a higher protein percentage. If your dog or cat gets its protein from a meat-based diet, this may not be a problem. However, if you only give your pet meat as a treat, this can be an