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5 Reasons to Care About Your Dog’s Health

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5 Reasons to Care About Your Dog’s Health

 

By PetMD

We all know that proper nutrition is a cornerstone of good human health, and hopefully the petMD Nutrition Center is helping owners understand that the same is true for their dogs. Unfortunately, knowledge alone isnít enough.

Knowledge has to be put into action, but this is often easier said than done. I know that I donít always make the best food choices myself. Stress, cravings, and a lack of time and energy can all overwhelm my best intentions. But do these excuses also play a role in canine nutrition? They shouldnít! Hereís why:

1. Balanced Canine Nutrition is Convenient

In the rush of the morning or after a long day at work, it can be difficult to find the time put together a balanced meal for you and your family. Itís so much easier just to pick up a burger and fries on the way home or pull something out of the freezer.

No excuses on the canine side of things. What could be more convenient than a bag of dog food that offers a completely balanced meal with each and every scoop? You can use the MyBowl tool to examine your dogís food label to make sure he is getting what he needs from his current diet, and to compare different foods if you think a change might be called for.

2. Dog Food Has Wholesome Ingredients

This one isnít too tough either. Next time you are shopping for dog food, look at the ingredient lists for a couple of different products. Do you see things like chicken and whole grain oats? If you spend a few minutes in the store or online making sure that your dogís food is made from wholesome ingredients like these, you donít have to worry about it on a day to day basis.

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petMD is a leading online resource focused solely on the health and well-being of pets. The site maintains the world's largest pet health library, written and approved by a network of trusted veterinarians. petMD was founded to inspire pet owners to provide an ever-increasing quality of life for their pets and to connect pet owners with pet experts and other animal lovers. For more information, visit petMD.com.

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7:55AM PDT on May 20, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

4:47AM PST on Jan 16, 2014

Nice Post!! We should alwasy take care of our pets because they are our best friends. We can also give a unique identification to our pets using a pet name tag along with their health care.

2:57PM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

Good info.

7:02AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Thanks

3:39AM PDT on Oct 10, 2013

Thank for sharing.

4:45AM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

Thank you Nicolas, for Sharing this!

1:33PM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

thank you

11:25PM PDT on Oct 4, 2013

I was admiring a bulldog recently...... I thought he was still a puppy because he looked so healthy and young.

I soon learnt that a Bulldog's lifespan averages 8 years. This handsome bulldog was actually 9 years old and he was a vegetarian.

It was a long time since I'd seen a vegetarian dog. The last one was a mid-sized dog with the very shiniest, thick black coat. Also extremely healthy and handsome beyond his years.

10:27AM PDT on Oct 3, 2013

We should take care of our animals, however we wish to.

11:17PM PDT on Sep 27, 2013

I have 6 large rescue dogs that hahd behavior issues that made them unadoptable. I adore them and feed them the absolute best that I can. One is a coonhound that was found near death in a rock quarry on an Indian reservation. All his bones stuck out. Now, he is gorgeous and healthy and happy but will eat anything. Loves apples, celery, carrots, berries, watermelon...list goes on. I think he loves these things because maybe he was foraging for things when on his own.

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