Dog Nutrition:Guide to a Healthy and Balanced diet

Dog Feeding:Basic Principles

A healthy and balanced diet for your dog means 

providing about 50% of animal protein (meat, 

fish, egg yolk and fresh cheeses) and 50% of 

vegetables and carbohydrates such as pasta or 

rice cooked very well . 

Of course, as you well know, the dog also needs 

to feed differently depending on the growth 

phase he is experiencing , just like for humans. 

In addition, you must always keep in mind that 

the dog's diet varies greatly depending on the 

breed, age and some particular conditions, such 

as pregnancy.

In addition, you must know that dogs struggle to

 change their eating habits , in addition to the 

fact that it does not even do them too well, 

therefore if you choose to feed your dog with 

dog food, then you must do it since he was a 

puppy. You should also know that dry food , like 

croquettes, is less liked by dogs than wet food , 

so if you have used it to eat single food then you

 will no longer be able to make it eat croquettes.

The Croquettes 

Dry dog ​​food - dog food

Nowadays , kibble is the favorite food for dog 

owners to feed their four-legged friends. The 

croquettes are part of those dry and 

prepackaged foods that fully fall within what is

 called industrial food.

Among the advantages that this type of other

has is that they are certainly cheap as well as

simple to find in supermarkets. However, as

often happens, cheapness often does not mean

that they are healthy or of high quality in fact 

there are croquettes and croquettes

First of all, when buying, check the nutritional 

values ​​shown on the labels and always try to 

choose the brands that use meat rather than 

"meat meal". This wording is present when the 

raw material is obtained through a recycling 

process, therefore with the possible use of 

preservatives, dyes and appetizers.

In any case, there is no need to panic: pet food, 

especially dog food , is moving more and more 

towards a higher quality of products which also

 means a better integration of nutrients.

If you choose to feed your dog with kibble, you 

must therefore pay attention to the right brand, 

dosage and when you feed it. We advise you to

 prefer organic brands free of corn 

carbohydrates and to check that the croquettes 

contain only modest quantities of cereals.

Homemade Dog Feeding

Before continuing further, we want to clarify a 

concept: for home dog feeding we do not mean 

the leftovers of our food , as our grandparents 

For home dog feeding we mean more than 

anything else preparing food for your dog at 

home: in this way you can carefully choose the 

foods and cook them in a way that is healthy for

 them. Obviously this implies that you will have

 to devote a lot of time and passion in preparing 

food for your dog in addition to the fact that you 

will have to do it every day.

For proper home dog nutrition, the dog 's meal 

must consist of at least 50% meat and the 

remaining part must be composed of 

vegetables and carbohydrates. You can also 

feed your dog alternatives to meat, always with 

a view to providing him with the right protein 

requirement, such as egg yolk, fresh cheeses and fish.

If you have chosen this type of feeding for your 

dog then you must keep in mind that it will eat 

about 40 grams of wet food per day for every 

pound of its weight. However, do not take this 

for casting gold but try it because each dog has

 its own metabolism and a different lifestyle : if 

the dog is more sedentary, he will have to eat 

less, while if it is an active dog that likes to run 

and jump, then you can give him a few more 

grams of food.

In preparing food for your dog it is important to

cook the food well and not to use added oils or

fats : better if steamed while for pasta and rice 

it is recommended to cook them until they are 


Foods Not to be given to dogs

Lastly, you need to know what foods a dog absolutely 

should not eat if you want to prevent them from 

causing diseases, some very serious such as 

Absolutely to avoid are sweets and too sugary 

fruit , such as grapes, raisins, pears and figs. 

Not even with onion, garlic, spinach, cabbage, 

broad beans and walnuts. Avocado is also on 

the list of foods not to be given to the dog as 

well as chicken bones and bones which are too 

small and thin, so much that they could risk 

puncturing the intestines. The eggs, on 

the other hand, are fine, as we have already said,
not raw 

but rigorously cooked, preferably hard-boiled.

There are therefore many foods with which you 

cannot feed your dog even if spoiling it from 

time to time is certainly not wrong, perhaps 

preparing desserts especially for him such as 

biscuits . These foods will make him happy to 

take specific nutrients that will balance his diet 

in the correct and healthy way.