Dog Nutrition Basics
A dog's nutritional needs are much more complex than most pet parents understand. Find a list of articles here to get a full view into the nutritional complexities of dogs and how to address them.
Nutrient numbers in dog food labels can't always be treated as high = good and low = bad. A few general guidelines for thinking about the role of key nutrients in maintaining the health of your pet.
The first thing you'll want to look at is the guaranteed analysis at the top of the nutrition label. This tells you the minimum amount of certain nutrients (by weight) within the food.
While dogs don't need carbohydrates to survive, there are many studies that have found impressive benefits of including carbohydrates in a dog's diet, which is why we include them in the food over here at NomNomnow.
Your dog may be temporarily placed on a bland diet by your veterinarian. How does this factor into your typical NomNomNow feeding routine? After a fasting period of about 12 to 24 hours, you can reintroduce NomNomNow by mixing half of a meal with equal portions rice (or another gentle carbohydrate).
To perfectly portion every one of your dog's meals, we carefully calculate calories using the individualized data that you provide, including weight, activity, and age. Beyond that, past diet history and specific breed conditions are pulled together using the latest veterinary information to determine how many calories are optimal to maintain your dog's ideal weight.
It is perfectly natural for some dogs to skip meals on occasion. This behavior is rooted in nature and in the way dogs have evolved from their wolfy predecessors. It is simply something that happens from time to time, and it can sometimes even be a good thing.
Mealtime can be a struggle for some families, but it does not have to be. As with any part of dog training, it is important that the pet parent always takes full ownership of the dog’s behavior and the outcome of the training. Your dog can learn positive behaviors but only with your support and patience.
A daily routine helps to give your dog a baseline for what to expect in her daily life, as well as to establish you in her eyes as her fair and gentle pack leader. Over time, following a consistent daily routine allows your dog to trust you and respect you.
Dogs have approximately 300 million receptors in their noses; in contrast, humans only have six million. The section of the dog’s brain that works in tandem with these receptors analyzes the scents dogs encounter.
It may be tempting to call the vet the second your pooch refuses dinner, but it’s perfectly natural and ordinary for some dogs to skip a meal or two on occasion. She may have simply filled up on too many treats that day, or she might be feeling a bit bored with her kibble.
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