When it comes to your dog you want to make sure that you are doing the most you can to make sure it consumes a healthful diet and lives a happy life!
Like humans, dogs most likely would not want to eat the same thing every day for the rest of their life, but compared to human’s, dogs only have 1700 taste receptors while humans have 9000. Because of dog’s number of taste receptors, dogs do not get bored eating the same food as often as humans. So, it is not mandatory to drastically change the dog’s food frequently. There can be an equal balance of diversifying the dog’s food while limiting extreme changes.
Also, changing up your dog’s diet to often could risk the dog’s health. It is important to observe how new food affects the dog’s digestive system and behavior. When changing up a dog’s diet it is important to get the dog adjusted to the new food by incorporating the old food with the new food over a few days to insure the dog’s well-being and easy transition.
If the dog food is effective in maintaining the dog’s health but you still want to diversify the menu, you might want to consider just changing the flavor or adding some treats to the dog food. Stick with items that are low in sodium and fat. For example, treats can include carrots, peas, rice, or pieces of chicken. Your dog will get excited and appreciate the extra goodies.
There are so many dog food brands and formulas out there that it is hard to chose what is the best choice. The breed, size and age of the dog will determine what diet is best for your pet. Making sure your dog has all essential nutrients throughout the day will result in a happier and healthier pet!
To make sure you are giving the best food for your pet ask a professional and give us a call!
For questions and concerns about your pet’s diet or if your pet is having trouble eating or retaining nutrients, contact Oceanside Veterinary Clinic today. Eat up!