Most of us feel the effects of the festive overindulgence when we start the New Year, so we decide to get back in shape. The same goes for our four legged friends - after all, dogs are part of the family too, so we treat them with some festive extras.
It is very important to watch your pet's weight as well as your own, as carrying too much weight can cause a number of health problems in dogs.
A healthy, nutritious diet is the best for dogs. Knowing how much food your dog actually needs is way more important than how much they want to eat! We have collected a number of tips on what a healthy diet should look like and a few other tips to help your dog get healthier after the New Year.
It is recommended feeding your dog a high-quality, complete diet according to its life stage. We have compiled our top tips of things to look for when choosing the right food for your dog:
- Complete: Always look for a food that says it is complete, this is because complete foods contain all the nutrients your dog needs, in the right amounts, therefore being completely balanced.
- Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA): Find a food that is manufactured by a member of the PFMA. Members of this organisation meet extra quality standards than the minimum required by law. Jaspers is a registered member of this organisation, as well as the P.I.F (Pet Industry Federation).
- Wet vs dry: Complete diets come in both wet and dry forms. Some owners choose to feed a combination of both foods. If choosing this combination, it is important to make sure the amount of each is correct by looking at the packets and figuring out how much to feed each.
In order to stay fit and healthy, an animal's diet is only one part of the equation. Exercise is also vital. You should start slow when starting a new exercise routine with an overweight dog or one that is older and less active. Basically, any additional activity you can fit into your dog's daily routine will help them reach their target weight.
By using our comprehensive feeding guide, this will enable you to feed your dog on the correct quantity and at the most cost effective level.
At Jaspers, we make sure that your dog gets all the important nutrients they need for a balanced diet. Our food and treats are crafted with care and contain natural, human-grade ingredients.
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