What is the Proper Nutrition for Your Dog?

What Happens If Your Dog Gets Subpar Nutrition

If you feed your dog subpar food, there are various problems that can arise. Just like humans, dogs can be sensitive to different grains, dairy products, colorings, artificial flavors, and preservatives. Your dog may develop skin problems (rashes, uncontrollable itching, hives, hot spots) if the feed you give him contains these potentially harmful ingredients. So what should you give your dog?

Dog Nutritional Needs

Dogs require a balance of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates for maintenance and proper growth.

    • Protein – These are the building blocks of the body. Your dog needs protein to build cells, tissues, organs, and enzymes as well as hormone and antibody production. Animal-based meats like chicken, beef, lamb, turkey, and fish have complete amino acid profiles, so they are better sources for your dog’s protein’s needs. Feeding your dog high protein treats made with real meat like Preen Pets Chicken Jerky is a great way to add the protein your dog needs to his diet.
    • Fats – You dog needs fats for a shiny coat and healthy skin, but it doesn’t stop there. Bodies use fats to help structure cells, absorb vitamins, and produce certain hormones. Since fats are the most calorie dense of the nutrients, your dog doesn’t need it in the same amounts of protein and carbohydrates, but they are still necessary. Add healthy fats like Omega 3s and 6s with Preen Pets Organic Salmon Seaweed Sushi.
    • Carbohydrates – Your dog may seem like he has boundless energy, but he wouldn’t have any at all without carbohydrates. They are also vital for intestinal health and critical organs such as the brain need them to operate. Fibers are a type of carbohydrate that helps with gut health. Consuming fiber like the kind found in sweet potatoes helps keep your dog’s digestion regular.
    • Vitamins & Minerals – Just like humans, your dog needs a balance of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. However, your dog should get enough of these from his diet– no need for a supplement! Hypervitaminosis (poisoning due to an excess of vitamins) is much more common than a deficiency. You can easily add extra vitamins (like vitamins A, B, C, and E) to your dog’s diet with treats like Preen Pets Chicken and Sweet Potato Twists.

Signs Your Dog Isn’t Getting the Nutrition He Needs

If your dog’s diet doesn’t supply the right balance of protein, fats, and carbohydrates or if he’s deficient in vitamins and minerals, you’ll start to see changes in his appearance and demeanor. As stated above, skin problems are a common sign of nutritional problems. Your dog may develop dermatitis, dandruff, or his coat my lose its sheen and shedding increases.

Another sign to look out for is problems with your dog’s stool. Both diarrhea or constipation are signs that something isn’t quite right. While it may be a sign of poor quality food, you’ll want to check with your veterinarian just to be safe.

Other symptoms of poor nutrition include lethargy and grumpiness. If your dog isn’t absorbing the nutrients in their food, they don’t have the energy to be the playful, happy pup they are. Signs of allergies are also directly connected to bad diet. You can avoid common allergens by only giving your dog food and treats made from whole foods such as Preen Pets Whole Ingredient Dog Treats.

Preen Pets Treats Are Made To Offer Your Dog The Best Nutrition

Preen Pets treats have everything your dog needs, without all the things they don’t need– namely, artificial flavors, colorings, and hormones. Your dog will love the taste of real meat and vegetables, and you’ll love how happy, healthy and energetic they are. Made in the U.S.A. from 100% whole ingredients, Preen Pets treats are veterinarian and dog approved. Choose from omega fatty acid rich fish treats, scrumptious beef treats, teeth cleaning bones, and more! Your dog will flip for whatever you choose.