Compared to cats, dogs are not very picky when it comes to food. Nevertheless, there are some mistakes in dog nutrition that can sooner or later affect the health of the four-legged friend. The following tips reveal how you can identify the errors as early as possible and how you can take countermeasures.
1. Overweight or underweight due to improper dog nutrition
Weight fluctuations up or down can be due to mistakes in dog nutrition. If your dog is more and more overweight, it is because he is consuming more energy or calories than he is consuming. Conversely, a dog will lose weight if he consumes less energy than he consumes. There are several possible reasons for this. Inferior food that contains too much grain can lead to obesity, as your dog has to eat more of it to meet its protein needs and satisfy its hunger. As a result, the calorie intake may exceed the need. Inferior dog food can also lead to underweight, since your dog cannot utilize all of the ingredients and for the most part simply excretes them.
But even high-quality dog food can lead to overweight or underweight due to large or small amounts. Furthermore, mistakes in dog nutrition can occur if the food is not adapted to the dog's life phase. Puppies that are still growing, for example, need special food so that they do not grow too quickly, but still get enough nutrients. Adult dogs, in turn, have different needs, and senior dogs also need special food, especially if they suffer from age problems such as kidney problems.
Calorie intake can also increase excessively if dogs are often given treats or are fed leftover food so that they become overweight. Lack of exercise also often leads to overweight, underweight can be caused by too much physical activity, which is not adequately balanced with high-quality dog food. Caution! Some dog breeds tend to be overweight because of their physique, their small size or because they have a particularly large appetite. It is best to find out about the correct dog nutrition for the dog breed of your choice before buying a dog and ask the breeder, the animal shelter or the veterinarian for advice.
2. Dull or oily fur
Errors in dog nutrition can also be felt on the dog's fur. A beautiful coat is not just a question of proper care, but also a question of proper nutrition and an adequate supply of important nutrients and vitamins. If essential fatty acids or other nutrients are missing in the feed, the fur becomes dull, dull and lackluster. But too much is also possible: If the dog food contains too much fat, the fur becomes oily and feels greasy. If you are unsure whether the dog fur appears dull or oily due to malnutrition, go to the veterinarian with your four-legged friend. Your dog may be sick.
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3. Skin problems due to incorrect dog food
Does your dog suffer from itching, eczema and redness on the skin? Or is the dog's skin brittle, dry and sensitive? Mistakes in dog nutrition can be behind this. A lack of nutrients or an excess of nutrients can lead to skin problems. Food mites that can lead to allergies are also possible. However, dogs are sometimes allergic to ingredients and additives in the feed and get skin problems.
4. Diarrhea or constipation due to mistakes in dog nutrition
If your dog shows digestive problems or any abnormalities in bowel movements, you should have this checked by a veterinarian. If your four-legged friend is physically healthy overall, the diarrhea or constipation is probably related to mistakes in dog nutrition. Excessively high amounts of faeces, for example, indicate inferior dog food that your dog cannot use well and therefore excretes. Diarrhea can be due to food intolerance or poor quality feed. Unsuitable dog food can also cause bloating or constipation, especially if your dog also does not drink enough water.