In order for your dog to grow, develop, and remain healthy, you need to have healthy dog food with a balance of nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, fats, and minerals. Too much or too little will have a negative impact on your dogs health and can put him at risk. Most commercially available dog foods are processed with a lot of preservatives, which are bad for your dogs’ health. In order to keep your best friend in shape and good health you must know how to choose healthy dog food. 

I’m sure you’re asking yourself, ‘Well, if I can’t trust the commercially available foods, then what should I do?’ I tell you an option, homemade dog food. That’s right; make your own dog food!

If there is one nutrient that your dog needs the most, it is protein. Just like in humans, dogs need protein, more importantly the amino acids, to aid in muscle development and regulation of the immune system. A good, healthy diet should contain about 40% protein. There are many great sources of protein to use such as meat, fish, and soy beans.

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Carbohydrates (carbs) are another important part of a dog’s diet. A good homemade dog food diet should contain about 40-60% of carbs. Carbohydrates are essential for your dog’s health and include various starches and sugars that can be converted into energy. If you give too many carbs, they will be stored as fat and may cause your dog to be obese, have bad digestion, or many other problems. Carbohydrates can be found in oats, sweet potatoes, and yams.Omega-3 fatty acids (fat) keep your dog’s skin health and are also needed when making a good diet for your dog. Fat may also help with inflammation and blood clotting. Good sources of fat are vegetable oil, fish, and meat.

Vitamins and minerals are also essential in a good homemade dog food recipe. Vitamin A is important in eyesight and bone and teeth development. Vitamin D is important for calcium adsorption. Vitamin E contains anti-oxidants to eradicate toxins and poisons within a dog’s body. Calcium and magnesium are important minerals for good development of teeth and bone strength as well as good heart functions.

Water is the most essential thing in a dog’s diet. Water aids in digestion and the transportation of nutrients and helps regulate the body temperature.

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Choosing healthy nutrients in your homemade dog food will help you relax knowing that you’re prolonging your best friend’s life and making sure that this member of your family will remain healthy and protected from diseases brought on by unhealthy commercial dog foods

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