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Perhaps the rationale as to why dogs are known as “man’s best friend” is that dogs are supposed to be the most faithful of all animals found worldwide. Whichever variety you own in the hundreds of species of dogs existing nowadays, your pet dog will always amaze you with its allegiance and compliance. Dogs were chiefly used to accompany men during hunting in dense jungles in ancient times.
You can tell which dogs are popular by the fact that particular breeds are priced at over one thousand bucks. Chinese dogs which are also called play dogs, they get a lot of money in dog markets. Some of the well known dog breeds are ‘Boxer’, Chow Chow ‘, ‘Bull Dogs’, ‘Beagles’, ‘Poodle’, ‘Rottweiler’, ‘Doberman Pinchers’, ‘Cocker Spaniel’, ‘Afghan Hound’, ‘German Shepherd Dog’, ‘and last but not least the ‘Labrador Retriever’.
Puppies should not be separated from their mother before they are 8 weeks old. Puppies who leave their mothers sooner have a rougher time adjusting and a higher incidence of illnesses. I do not know if it is due to weakened immunity or mourning the premature loss of its family. Their mother’s milk provides them with the nutrition and antibodies they need to become healthy dogs. At three to four weeks, puppies should begin eating some solid food. You can try mixing three parts food with one part water or puppy replacement milk . This will make the food easier for the puppy to digest.
How do you determine which dog food is right for your dog? Check to see if the ratio of meat to vegetables is four to five. The label should also indicate a small amount of carbohydrates. Don’t worry if you see brown rice, barley and oats on the label. Grains are good for dogs.
There are a number of brands of ‘pet food‘ that contain chemical preservatives. I must warn you that ‘pet food’ containing chemical preservatives can be injurious to your dog’s health and can even contribute to degenerative diseases that can ultimately lead to an early death. Organic dog food is one way to overcome this problem, providing it contains no chemical preservatives. Checking the labels is essential when purchasing dog food.
The best diets for both dogs and cats are natural ones, coming as close as possible to the diet they would eat in the wild. Cats are naturally carnivorous and have a high protein requirement, while dogs tend to be more scavenging and eat more of a variety of foods, requiring less protein than cats. It is possible, but not easy, to feed a dog a balanced vegetarian diet.
Dogs are said to be the most loyal animals on earth, as well as man’s best friend. Before considering what to feed your dog, you must realize what not to feed your dog. Food which is good for you as a human, may not be healthy for your dog. Onions are one example. Grapes or chocolate can cause fluid loss through diarrhea, excessive urination, or even death. The best diets for dogs are natural diets, replicating the selection of food the dog would eat in the wild. The Innova dog food and Wysong pet food brands are two examples of healthy and natural pet food.
– Melinda Smith