There are many foods which have been labeled as diets for dogs ; however, these are not all good for your dog. When considering a weight loss diet for your dog, the “diet” or “light calorie” foods may not be best suited to your particular furry companion. Some weight loss diets contain large amounts of carbohydrates and non-digestible fillers which make your dog feel full but only for very short periods and do not provide a good source of nutrition. These types of diets also often cause weight fluctuation and result in your dog constantly feeling hungry.
Diet Dog Food Tips
Find the best diet dog food for your pooch and know how much to feed your dog to prevent pet obesity.
Checking out the Portions
Sometimes, the best diets for dogs are simply feeding them less of their current food. If you are feeding your dog solely based on the label, you could be over-feeding your dog. The amounts listed on the label are to be used as a flexible guideline. You can also look at other “normal” dog foods which contain less calories per cup or can.
A high protein diet is often the best diet for dogs. The high protein diet will allow your dog to feel a sense of satisfaction regarding his hunger (he won’t feel hungry all the time). The high protein diet will also provide your dog with a sufficient amount of energy and maintain his health requirements.
Diets for Dogs – Food Brand
When looking for the best diet dog food for your canine pet it is important to get informed by a veterinarian and a dog nutrition specialist.
So, what type of food brand is most recommended if I would like to put my dog on a weight loss regime? There is a type of food available which should provide your dog with the necessary nutrients to maintain optimal health while aiding in weight management. Acana Light & Fit Dry Dog Food contains 35% protein, 10% fat and 30% carbohydrates. This food offers your dog 325 calories per cup and a well-balanced diet.
Working with Your Nutrition Specialist If you are unsure of what would be best for your dog, you should contact your pet nutrition specialist to conduct an analysis of your dog’s nutritional needs and determine which food type is best for your dog. Your nutrition specialist will help you to find the best diet dog food for your puppy, adult or senior canine.
Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of raw dog food diets here! We have lots of information about different types of diet dog food and diets for dogs in our Nutrition and Diet center.
Amber Johnson, Animal Behaviorist
Miss Amber Johnson has many years of experience with pets and is a licensed cat and dog nutrition and behavior specialist. She currently collaborates with PetPremium where she counsels clients in pet behavior and nutrition. The statements made in this article are the personal opinions of Miss Amber Johnson and based on independent experiences and could be different from the opinions of PetPremium Pet health Insurance or any other pet health insurance provider.