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When Should Your Feed Prescription Dog Food?

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dog food albuquerque prescriptionYour dog’s nutrition is a very important part of their health. Not only does it maintain good nutrition, but it keeps their coat heathy, their teeth strong, can help fight off disease and illness, and can help manage symptoms of disease. Sometimes it can be good to switch your dog over to a prescription but how do you know if it is necessary? Prescription food can be expensive, so you want to make sure you are doing it when absolutely necessary.

 

Dog Food for Kidney Disease

If you dog has kidney failure he needs to eat dog food with low protein and a very high quality. You want to reduce phosphorous and sodium levels as well. There are over the counter dog food for kidney’s such as Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets NF Kidney Function Formula Dry Dog Food. Consult with your Albuquerque vet on if an over the counter specialty food option would work or if a prescription food would be better. The vets recommendation may vary depending on your dogs individual health.

Dog Food for Allergies

There are a lot of “allergy dog foods” available both through prescription or over the counter. The best thing to do is see if you can identify what your dog is allergic too. Then just read the ingredients of the dog food you purchase. If they are having reactions to preservatives, try making their dog food yourself. It is easy to do and can help you save money. Check out our list of dog food recipes on the site.

Dog Food for Gastrointestinal Issues

Gastro issues can be anything from constipation due to a low fiber diet, colitis, or various diseases. You need to find out the nutritional needs of your dog to be able to decide what food will be best. Though adding fish oil or omega 3 oil to any dog food has been shown to help most gastro issues.

Dog Foods for Joint Diseases

Does your dog have arthritis? You don’t likely need a prescription dog food you just need to make sure you have dog food that is rich in enriched with omega 3 fatty acids, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and antioxidants. Make sure it is not high in calories so you don’t promote weight gain. Some of these things can be added to your dogs food, such a omega 3 fatty acids and glucosamine. These can be purchased as the local grocery store and mixed in their food. When using an additive, always consult with your Albuquerque vet about what to add and what quantity to use.

Dog Food for Weight Loss

You don’t typically need a prescription food for achieving weight loss. You want to pick a dog food that is lower calorie, typically stay away from wet food which tends to have higher calories, and really focus on portion control.

Dog Food for the Brain

Omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants are the best things for the brain. They can help protect against damage by free radicals and improve brain function. You can typically get over the counter additives to mix in with your dogs food. Just make sure to speak with your New Mexico vet about how much to give them.

 

Depending on your dog’s health issues you vet may recommend a prescription. Never be afraid to ask about an over the counter alternative, or a make your own alternative.

Top 8 Foods that are Healthy for Your Dog

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homemade dog food recipe albuquerqueWe always talk about what is toxic to dogs, but what about foods that are really good for them? Here is a list of food that is great to add to your dog food to promote good health.

  1. Eggs: Adding eggs into your dog food is a great way to add more protein. Typically 1 egg will replace 1/5 cup of dry dog food. You can add the eggs raw, but we typically recommend scrambling them. Your dog will love it either way.
  2. Hearts and Gizzards: Stop throwing away that organ bag when you cook a whole chicken. Those hearts and gizzards are great for your pup. Just boil them for 15 minutes and then you can cut up the meat and mix it right in, or pour the liquid over their food like a gravy. You can substitute gizzards and heart with dog food in equal measure.
  3. Fish: So long and thanks for all the fish…Fish is a great source for omega-3’s which is good for your dogs coat, brain, guts, heart, and joints. With fish, make sure you buy high quality and then you can cut it up and give it to them raw. Make sure your fish is properly de-boned as those little bones are easily chocked on.
  4. Squash: Pumpkin and butternut squash are great for dogs and they taste super yummy so it is a nice little treat for them. It gives them some good fiber, potassium, and beta-carotene. Typically do 1 tablespoon per 10 pounds of body weight and just mix in cooked pumpkin or butternut squash into their food.
  5. Yogurt: There are so many good probiotics in yogurt. It is not just good for your belly but good for theirs too. Greek yogurt is the best, but any plain yogurt will do. Just add 1/2 a teaspoon per 10lbs of body weight for a nice treat for your dog.
  6. Spinach and Kale: These greens are super foods for a reason. They are cancer fighting and great for getting things moving in the digestive tract. We recommend chopping up your spinach or kale leaves, which will make it easier to eat. You can feed it to them raw or cooked. A great way to cook it is to steam it and mix it in with your turkey and rice home made dog food.
  7. Blueberries are a antioxidant laden treat. You can add a few to their food or just give them as little treats. Your dog doesn’t need to many and if he eats too many might get the runs. So start of with 2-4 and see how he reacts.
  8. Carrots are another great treat. Your dog will eat them raw. Instead of giving them a dog biscuit, try tossing them a baby carrot.
We have a lot of great dog food recipes which use healthy food that is great for your dog.
If you have any questions about what foods are safe to give your dog, make sure you speak with your Albuquerque Vetco vet.

Don’t Be Scared of Home Made Dog Food

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BARF diet for petsHome made dog food can seem like a really scary task. I mean, look at the dog food you buy in the store. Anything you make home won’t look like that. It must be really complicated with lots of food processors and pressure cookers and strange dog food molds to make it look like niblets. Don’t worry, it is a lot easier than you think and it doesn’t need to look like what you buy at the store.

First you need to be aware of nutrition. If you are making your own dog food you want to make sure that they are getting the proper nutrition. Thankfully, all the Albuquerque Vetco dog food recipes that we share meet nutritional requirements. Also, it is a good idea to check with your Vetco vet to make sure that you are feeding them the proper food. Depending on their medical issues, they may need an individualized nutrition plan which the vets can help with.

Nutritional Breakdown

This is the general nutritional breakdown for an adult healthy dog.

  1. High protein diet – about 20% of the meal
  2. Fat – 5 to 8%
  3. Manganese – 1.2 mg in a 1000 calorie diet
  4. Lysine
  5. Phosphorous – 0.75 grams
  6. Calcium – 1 gram in a 100 calorie diet
  7. Iron – 7.5 mg
  8. Zinc – 15 mg
  9. Vitamins – A, D, B12 and E
  10. Thiamine
  11. Niacin – about 4 mg in a 1000 calorie diet
  12. Folic Acid – 68 micrograms (12)

So now that you have read that and likely are too intimidated to coo a meal, don’t worry about it that much. If you were to look at your own dietary needs broken down like this you would likely never cook for yourself again either.

Most dog food recipes simply contain fresh ingredients. Typically a meat, a grain and a vegetable. Just follow our recipes and you will have no troubles home cooking your dog food.

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