Optimal Nutrition for Your Pet Before an Important Casting
If your pup is just meant to be the next superstar, it is important to ensure he is sporting his best look at his next casting. Because canine beauty is ‘au naturelle’, it is vital to tackle it from within, through optimal nutrition. In the UK, an interesting study took place between June 2016 and October 2017, with veterinarians studying the body condition of dogs attending pet shows in. The vets found that 65% of adults dogs were overweight and 9% were obese. Meanwhile, some 37% of juvenile dogs (and 3% were obese). To ensure your pet is lean and healthy at his next casting, follow these nutritional tips.
Opting for Biologically Appropriate Food
Many commercial/supermarket dog food brands are high in starches and contain poor quality protein sources, sometimes obtained from beaks, feathers, etc. Invest in good food for your dog, made with quality protein sources and no starches. Biologically appropriate diets contain whole meat, organs, and bones, plus other ingredients (including fruits and vegetables, fish and eggs), to ensure optimal nutrition. Your dog should be consuming only 19% maximum of carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of healthy fat. Fruits and vegetables should be included because they contain a wide range of vitamins that boost health, including Vitamin C (a key antioxidant that reduces inflammation and cognitive ageing) and Vitamin A (which is vital for immune and cell function). Feeding your dog a sound diet will help keep them in shape; high carbohydrate diets, on the other hand, contribute to overweight and obesity as they do in humans.
If your dog is primarily consuming canned or dry food, their diet may lack healthy fats. The latter are necessary for canines to produce bile acids, which aid in the digestion and absorption of nutrients. Talk to your vet about the possibility of introducing small amounts of oils such as krill (which is high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids) or coconut oil (a source of medium-chain triglycerides, which can also help with skin infections and allergies), to promote a healthy, shiny coat that will wow the judges at your pet’s next casting.
Keeping Teeth in Tip-Top Condition
Casting directors sometimes look at a dog’s teeth to ensure he has the ‘perfect smile’ for the camera. There is a myth that kibble is good for teeth; its size is normally too small to make a real difference. Supplements such as Coenzyme Q10 are recommended in very small amounts (around 15 to 30mg per day) to preserve gum tissue and reduce the chance of gingivitis. Omega-3 fatty acids, mentioned above, also keep inflammation at bay, while probiotics may boost gut health and immune system function. Make sure to ask your vet before commencing any supplementation programme. Large raw bones are great for ‘scraping teeth clean’, as are dried meat treats and chew toys.
To ensure your pooch is ‘the belle of the ball’ at the next casting, ensure he is slim, and that his coat and teeth are in optimal condition. Invest in quality food, add ingredients such as fruits and vegetables to his diet, and consider supplementation. Always ensure your dosages are right, by consulting with a veterinarian before starting your pooch on any specific supplements.