Dog Health

Written by Robert Mac
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Dog health issues, particularly diet and exercise, are important for pet owners and animal supporters across the globe, but only recently have people purchased organic dog food and other healthy products with such ease. Pet nutrition is more mainstream now than it was just a few decades ago, and you can find products designed exclusively to promote dog health just about anywhere. Many companies produce organic and holistic pet foods that tend to be better than generic grocery store brands.

Animal activists and pet lovers have made great strides in recent years, securing animal rights and bringing issues like animal cruelty to the public arena. Others have researched cat and dog health issues, such as mass-produced pet foods, and found that some of them aren't as healthy as they claim. Many smaller companies now produce their own brand of nutritious pet foods and other healthy pet products.

Dog Health Concern #1: Puppy Food

In the wild, puppies develop in a certain way: first, they drink milk, which is high in fat and protein, then, after weaning, they eat a low-calorie diet of scraps that contains many bones, which are high in calcium. A healthy puppy food should provide the same nutrients, but many commercial puppy foods have too many calories or not enough calcium, jeopardizing your dog's growth. Veterinarians and pet breeders recommend premium pet foods over generic pet foods for this and other reasons.

Diet fads come and go: eggs, for instance, were bad for a while, then good again--as long as you didn't have too many. But quality has always been popular: nutritionists recommend quality ingredients, whether it's in your food or your dog's, over highly-processed foods, and have done so for years. If you are worried about issues of dog health, you can control the quality of what your dog eats by feeding him healthier fare.


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