What to feed a sick dog
Getting the Right Dog Food for your Sickly PetAuthor: Lindsey Watson
Feeding sick pets can be quite a challenge especially when you do not know the right type of dog food to get. This is because most people are normally scared that they might give the pet something that will worsen their condition. There is however no need to worry; with this guide you will be equipped with the knowledge tips about dog food and the required diet needed to nurse your dog back to health.
It is important to find out exactly what your dog is suffering from before placing it on any diet. This way, you can be able to tell what it needs to bounce back to health and could possibly aggravate its condition. Visit a vet to get professional advice about your pet's condition and what dietary needs it has. It doesn't hurt to turn to the internet when it comes to gathering information about the right type of foods needed to nurse your pet back to health. Remember that sick pets often suffer from reduced appetite and may find most foods bland. Make sure that you look out for nutritious meals which are also enticing enough to allow your pet to eat.
It is a known fact that prevention is better than cure, and it is therefore important to sure that the dog food chosen for your pet is highly nutritious to boost its immune system and offer it protection from other illnesses. You may also want to consider specialist hypoallergenic dog food. However, if it your pet is gravely ill a lot of care, attention and affection should be accorded to your pet to help it bounce back to health faster. The meals fed to your pet should also be well cooked to avoid feeding your pet contaminated food.
The basic dog food diet should include proteins, carbohydrates and fats. It is best to go for low fat and lean protein choices such as hamburger meat. Chopped lean meat and skinless chicken are also good protein choices. Potatoes and rice are good carbohydrate choices for dog food meant for sickly pets. The rule of thumb is to always mix one part of protein with about four parts of carbohydrate food sources. Too much meat in the diet could lead to diarrhea.
Always monitor your pet closely when you change its diet, because the changed diet could aggravate its condition. If there are foods that your dog does not like, come up with creative get it to eat so that it can get the nutrition it needs to bounce back to health. If the vet allows it, medicine can be mixed with dog food so that the pet can consume it without a lot of difficulties.
Some Dog Health Problems are Easy to ResolveAuthor: Madeleine Innocent
Puppies are generally a delight to have around. As long as you can cope with the chewing up of garments and expensive items, the huge energy and the occasional soiling as they become potty trained.
But that's a small price to pay for the enthusiasm for life they have, for the fun that infectiously oozes from them.
You love him. He loves you. All is well with the world.
Until he falls sick.
Then your world crashes.
The first thing that springs to mind is what caused it? Was it something you did or didn't do? Is it your fault? Were you too vigilant or not vigilant enough? Did you overprotect him or did you let him roam free too much?
Well, chances are that it was your fault.
But only by virtue of the fact you were doing as you were told, probably because you thought someone else knew better than you. Perhaps if you had listened to that little inner voice you sometimes hear, but mostly ignore, which told you different, things may not be this bad.
It's never too late to learn.
And animals have an amazing way of ensuring you do indeed learn, mostly from your mistakes.
So now your puppy has grown up and has a few dog health problems.
The first possible cause to consider it what he is doing every day.
What are you feeding him?
Commercial dog food, as most holistic veterinarians have found, is the route cause of many, if not most, dog health problems.
Depending on the country, brand and era or manufacture, most commercial dog food looks something like this:
- low grade meat by-products, often from a rendering plant
- cheap, health lacking filler such as paper, sawdust, sugar, nut shells, melamine
- indigestible isolated and synthetic nutrients
- toxic preservatives not permitted in human food
Sounds pretty unhealthy doesn't it? Even one of those ingredients may be contributing to your dog health problem, but what if he was eating all four?
Although there are as many causes for dog health problems as there are dogs, by far the most common is the food you are feeding him.
By virtue of its daily consumption, healthy dog food, similar to the food his wild cousins eat, will go a long way to making his immune system strong, strong enough to fend off most dog health problems for years.
If you're worried about the expense, don't be. Feeding real food to your dog is as cheap as feeding commercial dog food. It may take a little more time, especially in the early stages as you are finding your feet, but just consider the fortune you save on veterinarian bills! They don't come cheap by any means.
Written by Madeleine Innocent.
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