Switch to healthy dog treats for your dog’s New Year’s Resolution

January 23, 2017 at 6:00 am
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The great thing about making a New Year’s resolutions for your dog’s diet is that they are more likely to be kept because you are mostly in control of your dog’s diet.

In Australia, like many of the humans, our dogs are often overweight. More off-lead walks to the park would go a long way to fix that, but that’s for another blog. This specific blog is about what you can do to keep your dog healthy in 2017

Really it’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Reducing food intake
    Most people feed their dogs commercial dog food diets (kibble or cans). If you keep your dog’s exercise rate and food intake the same over summer they might gain some weight because they are likely to run less due to the heat and their metabolism is going to be slightly slower. If your dog is gaining weight it’s best to speak to your vet about how much to reduce their food intake.
  2. Substituting meat-based foods
    Commercial dog food is mainly grain which is not bio-available to your dog. That means they need to eat more of it to extract the nutrition they require like essential amino acids. It also contains Flax seed as the source of Omega 3 which in ALA form doesn’t convert as well as Fish Oil Omega 3 does.
    To reduce dog weight or maintain dog health, you can supplement your dog’s diet with low fat,  Omega 3 (animal derived) meat based dog treats such as Roo Jerky or Fish (Flake, Hake etc). Your dog will utilise much more of the meat nutrition in their body and it will boost their immunity and reduce environmental allergies through additional animal based Omega 3.
    Always speak to your vet before making changes to your dog’s diet.
  3. Give them long chew, lean, meat-based dog treats
    When reducing your dog’s food intake, they get used to their stomachs being filled to a certain level.  Grain is nowhere near as bio available as meat based food or dog treats, so they may be more intent on getting more  food. In these situations I suggest getting them a long lasting meat based dog treat that won’t put on a lot of weight but will preoccupy them for a while.  Big dogs often enjoy properly dried dog bones, while medium and smaller dogs can use pork rolls, beef tendons, ‘roo tendons, fish skins etc.

BIO:  Bruce Dwyer researches and sources healthy meat based dog treats in Australia for his own dog and others. From an original career in Electronic engineering his analysis and research skills had him well sort after in Corporate Australia until he chose to concentrate on the dog service industry. His company ‘Healthy Dog Treats’ has been in business since 2011 and was based on finding the best dog food natural supplement nutrition for his own dog (Archie the 8 year old spoodle). Archie not only approves of the selections but is featured on many videos on site trialling these ‘treats’.  Understanding that people also enjoy dog treat news and free dog treat coupons he has a weekly email newsletter that can be subscribed on his site.   Bruce is also a professional dog walker and besides his regular blog on his main website his daily dog walk adventure images and videos and dog treat news can be found on these places:

Website - dogwalkersmelbourne.com.au 
Facebook - HealthyDogTreatsShop
Twitter - DogTreatMan
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