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What you might not know about commercial dog food
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Most of us treat our dogs as though they are part of the family so it is not surprising that we spend lots of money on food and supplies for them. We know that dogs need toys, vaccinations, food, and ongoing love and care, and we know that they are well worth it. So we will happily purchase the best dog food made for our little friend.

The funny thing is that although most of us have become increasingly health conscious over years, resulting in our reading labels before purchasing food, we give little thought to the ingredients of our pets' foods. Sadly, even the so called 'quality' commercial dog foods usually contain extremely low grade, hardly edible, animal by-products.

The term animal by-product basically refers to any part of an animal that is deemed not suitable for human consumption. What may surprise you even more is the condition of the animals that are used, but more about that later.

There are not any special farms designated for growing chickens, cows, lambs, pigs, or any other animal just for dog food. Pet food companies use whatever they can get, which includes the leftovers from meat processing plants. As you can imagine, that is some pretty disgusting stuff, including blood, lungs, ligaments, bones, beaks, feet, heads, well, you get the idea.

Are you feeding your pet the right dog food?
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Your dog's health and well being is important to you and your family. Not to mention keeping down the cost of veterinarian bills! So you need to carefully consider the food that you give your dog. People sometimes just pick the first dog food bag they see at the store. It's easy to overlook the importance of dog food but it is essential to pick the right one for your dog.

To keep your dog healthy he needs plenty of fresh water and should be fed good quality dog food in amounts just right to meet his energy requirements. Always follow the guidelines on the dog food package for recommended feeding amounts.
Picking a dog food

The first challenge in choosing a dog food is picking one that has overall quality. The term that comes up a lot about dog food is human grade. Human grade implies that the dog food is good enough for us to eat. Many commercial dog foods are made from materials unusable or less desirable for human consumption. Often the meat that is used in dog food is of a quality considered unfit for humans to eat.

Do Dogs Need Nutritional Supplements?
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Do Dogs Need Nutritional Supplements?

Nowadays, dogs are fed with plenty of substances from daily dog food to special treats, all of which are formulated to provide for the nutritional needs of your pets. Table scraps are not recommended as dog food since many kinds of human food are toxic to canine physiology as well as the fact that table scraps are not exactly nutritious.

But many dog owners are also giving nutritional supplements on top of the dog food. The question then will be: Is it even necessary considering that dog food contains the essential micronutrients and macronutrients for the maintenance of good health? Our answer is yes but only for certain situations.

Reasons for Supplementation

Before you even ask a veterinarian and then purchase canine nutritional supplements by the dozen, you must be informed about the special circumstances for which supplementation is essential. Keep in mind that, just like humans, dogs should get all the required nutrients from a healthy diet instead of relying on nutritional supplements to achieve such purpose. Worse, don't even think about partially or completely substituting nutritional supplements for a healthy diet.
Dog Collars - What you need to know
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Dog Collars - What you need to know

What's The Best Type Of Dog Collar?


Getting the right dog collar for your dog is one of the most important things you can do for your dog. Your dog will probably spend most of it's life with it's collar on, so getting a good comfortable hard wearing dog collar is essential. Luckily for the more style conscious amongst you, modern designer dog collars can be fashionable too! Finding the best type of dog collar for you , will depend on your dog and what the main use for the collar will be.

What is a dog collar for, and is it essential?

The main use for a dog collar is probably the most obvious - controlling your dog. Used in combination with a dog leash, a dog collar can provide you with a certain amount of control to prevent your dog wandering off or straying into road traffic when out walking. There are other uses for a dog collar such as dog or puppy training. Also, you can incorporate your dog's identity and your contact information within the dogs collar, in the event your dog gets lost.

Choosing the correct size of dog collar is important. Having a collar that is too small can cause your dog harm and at best will leave your dog feeling uncomfortable. Similarly, having a collar that is too big will enable your dog to easily slip out of it. Also, the width and material of the collar neeeds to match the size of your dog or puppy. A heavy duty leather collar will not be much good for a Chihuahua and neither will a lightweight nylon collar be any good on a Rotweiller.


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