Hi, Toby reporting in again with another update on the nutritional needs of your dog. Previously my dad posted information on how to figure the calorie count needed to maintain your dog’s weight using good dog food. Today I am going to help you refine that information into a more practical use for your dog. You should know by now that feeding your dog the proper amount of good dog food per day is very personal issue for me. So let”s get started. We live in Florida and the weather is almost always perfect for me and my sisters to go outside to get exercise and play. Even with that our activity level varies from day to day, so our food intake should vary as well. Just like humans the more active we are the more calories we burn, the less active the less calories. So what does this mean to your dog? Simply this: If your dog is normally inside all day with very little activity and then you are home because of vacation or any other reason out of the norm and your dog is more active than usual he is going to need more nutrition. Now don’t panic I am not saying to double his food. Just increase the calorie count by 1%to 3% or so. I would stay on the lower side if your dog is on the heavier side and maybe on the higher side if your dog is already lean. I am going to zero in further on this. During the week you are at work the kids are in school and and your dog is home sleeping. Trust me I know, that’s what he is doing. Now the weekend comes and every one is home and now your dog is all over the place and very active. Guess what? He is burning more calories and is probably going to be hungrier than he is during the week. He needs more calories to burn than he did during the week. Now remember the chart for determining the caloric needs of your dog? That is the total amount of calories per day from all sources. Not just the food you give him, but the snacks and treats and hand outs as well. ( My sister Chloe will have more on the subject of treats in her blog). All this must be taken into consideration, but bottom line your dog should be only eating good dog food and good dog treats and not a lot of junk.

Seasonal changes also affect your dog’s (and yours) biochemistry and the way they process calories. Shorter cooler days signal the body’s metabolism in canines to slow down and bulk up for the coming winter. Longer warmer days signal the body’s metabolism to speed up. All this plays into how much food your dog needs. But really they need a good constant source of good dog food that contains good wholesome nutrition. Blue Buffalo is a good dog food.

Blue Buffalo is manufactured in the United States using only the highest quality of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals which are the building blocks of good dog food. All BLUE recipes contain real meat as the first ingredient, along with wholesome whole grains, garden veggies and healthy fruit. No corn, wheat or soy products are used in any BLUE formula. Blue Buffalo is divided into five product lines, Blue Life Protection Formula is the original formula and is of high quality and lasting nutrition. Blue Freedom is the grain free line. Blue Wilderness is higher in protein concentrations, Blue Basics is for dogs with sensitive stomachs and Blue Longevity is a weight control line.

Maintaining a healthy happy dog is really very simple. By using good dog food and just knowing your dog’s lifestyle habits help make his life and yours much better. Check back often to get more useful information on everything that is dog related. And please use our partner links to find great products and services you need for your dog so we can continue to bring you helpful informative and fun content.

And remember:       They are more than just pets……They are Family!

 

A note from Mike:

We recommend Blue Buffalo because it is good dog food. Choosing a good food for your dog may seem complicated but here at Good Dog Food Store we give you the information and tools needed to help you make an educated and practical choice.

This post is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to be a substitute for qualified veterinarian advice. Good Dog Food Store researches and reviews various brands of dog food. Only those brands that meet the standards we believe should be in good dog food will be featured for recommendation on our site. Until next time Happy Tails!

 

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