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KPmXN8LXHf_zWhnvfIuFMZoefeo Dog Health Pedia: 04/04/12

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Taking care of your dog’s health

Taking care of your dog’s health is a full-time job, one that requires a large amount of responsibility. However, did you know that choosing your dog’s food is one of the most important decisions you make for your dog’s health
There are many different types of dog food on the market, some of which may actually damage your dog’s health
Here is some information that will help you to be better informed about how to choose the best possible food formula for your dog
The type of food you purchase can depend on factors such as your dog’s breed, age, activity level and overall health
When choosing a dog food formula, it’s important to keep these factors in mind. 
For example, if your dog is under 1 year of age, you will want to choose a puppy formula. If your dog is over seven years of age, you are best off choosing a dog food formula for senior dogs. 
If your dog has urinary tract problems, you may want to purchase a formula that is designed to help your dog’s condition
In addition to this, if your dog is overweight, you may want to purchase a high-fiber, low-fat dog food formula
 This is because an overweight dog is prone to many different health problems, especially if they are currently on a high-fat diet. Many dog food companies have designed special formulas for dogs that are suffering from obesity.
When choosing a dog food, it’s essential that you pay close attention to the ingredients. As a general rule, the first five ingredients in your dog’s food formula make up the bulk of the food. Because of this, it’s important that these ingredients are highly nutritious, and do not contain any harmful substances. It’s best to avoid dog food formulas which contain corn in their first five ingredients, since many dogs can develop health problems on a corn-based diet. In addition to this, it’s best to avoid dog food formulas that contain artificial colors, artificial flavors or chemical preservatives
As another option, you may want to consider feeding your dog a grain-free formula. A grain-free dog food formula more closely mimics the diet of dogs in the wild, and can have positive effects on your dog’s health
 Though grain-free dog food formulas may sometimes be a bit more expensive, they can go a long way towards keeping your dog happy, healthy and disease-free 

Good food for Pitbull

Good food for Pitbull
Owning a Pitbull can be a very rewarding experience, though it also involves paying close attention to your dog’s needs
Aside from exercise, veterinary care and grooming, your Pitbull also needs you to pay close attention to their nutritional needs
Pitbulls need a diet that contains carbohydrates, fats, protein and fiber in the proper proportions. In order to make sure that your Pitbull remains in good health, it’s essential that you are familiar with a few tips to help you choose the best dog food for Pitbulls
Poisonous Foods for Pitbulls
There are certain food ingredients that, while suitable for human consumption, are actually toxic for Pitbulls
 These ingredients are often very common in the human diet, and may sometimes be tempting to feed to your dog. Some of the toxic foods for Pitbulls include
Grapes and raisins contain a certain type of toxin that has shown to be dangerous to a dog’s health
This toxin can cause kidney problems, as well as other health symptoms
However, grape seed extract has been proven to be safe for dogs. 
Fat Trimmings
After a large meal, it can be tempting to feed your dog fat trimmings from meat
 However, even one high-fat meal can cause pancreatitis, a serious and sometimes irreversible condition in dogs
 Avoid feeding your Pitbull any type of high-fat food ingredient.Liver
Feeding your Pitbull a significant quantity of liver can cause serious health problems
This is because liver can cause a condition known as “Vitamin A Toxicity”, which affects bones and muscles in your Pitbull.Chocolate/Coffee
Both chocolate and coffee can be potentially fatal for dogs
This is due to theophylline, theobromine or caffeine
This can cause heart problems, and can also impair proper functioning of the nervous system
How to Choose the Best Dog Food for Pitbulls
To make sure that your Pitbull’s nutritional needs are met, choose a dog food formula that contains protein derived from high-quality meats
Do not purchase a formula that relies on vegetable protein, soybean protein or by-products to increase its protein percentage
If you read the first five ingredients in a dog food formula, you can usually determine the quality of the food
At least two (if not three) of the first five ingredients should be animal-derived proteins
 It’s also best if you avoid any food formulas that contain corn, since this is often used as an inexpensive filler ingredient
Never purchase a dog food formula that has chemical flavoring, preservatives or artificial colors