Pet Nutrition Basics for Dogs & Cats

Written by Chrissie Cole

Good Nutrition is just as essential for your pet’s health as it is for your own health. Your pet needs a balanced diet to help keep him healthy. Unlike humans, your pet’s daily diet isrepparttar same day to day. For this reason your pet must meet all nutritional requirements and needs for proteins, vitamins, fats and minerals in this one diet.

Good nutrition is not only good for your pets overall health but also for their skin and hair coat. Good nutrition will influencerepparttar 137337 overall internal workings of your pet for optimal health and a happy long life!

Now we are going to take a long at some ofrepparttar 137338 important nutritional values your dog’s diet should contain:

Protein intake is critical for your pet’s heath. It is his source of amino acids which are required forrepparttar 137339 manufacturing of bones, muscles, hair coat, skin and everything else inrepparttar 137340 body. Protein is an essential part of your pets nutritional and diet needs. A rough estimate of protein needed in his diet, is 20% in dog food and 30% in cat foods.

Cats are carnivores which meant they require meat protein and they have a higher need of protein in general. Dogs are omnivores like humans, so they are able to use both meat and vegetables. In fact, dogs can do well on a properly balanced vegetarian diet whereas a cat might not due as well since they require more overall protein.

Dietary fats supply most ofrepparttar 137341 body’s caloric requirements as well as essential fatty acids. In fact “fat” isrepparttar 137342 most expensive ofrepparttar 137343 ingredients found in pet foods. It is for this reason that that some ofrepparttar 137344 lower pried dog food companies skimp onrepparttar 137345 quality and quantity of fats contained inrepparttar 137346 pet foods. Inadequate, poor quality fats will result in your pet having poor skin and coat health. There are some dog food manufacturers that add extra essential fatty acids to their food to promote healthy skin and coat – this food you would prefer feeding your dog!

Puppy Housebreaking 101

Written by Chrissie Cole

Many people are hesitant to get a new puppy out of fear ofrepparttar housebreaking process. Whilerepparttar 137336 puppy housebreaking process can be consuming it doesn’t have to be hard if you followrepparttar 137337 tips we have outlined for you below.

Housebreaking your puppy is best started with puppies are six-sixteen weeks in age. When puppies are this young, they tend to go torepparttar 137338 bathroom predictably and frequently. The earlier you startrepparttar 137339 housebreaking process,repparttar 137340 happier you will be as a new dog owner!

The most important tip for successful puppy housebreaking is “Persistence isrepparttar 137341 key”.

1– First, you need to teach your puppy where you want him to go torepparttar 137342 bathroom. Your puppy will not know where to go if you don’t show him. Therefore, he won’t know if he went inrepparttar 137343 wrong spot. We suggest startingrepparttar 137344 housebreaking process outside. Many people tend to paper train and in essence you are makingrepparttar 137345 training process harder for you and may end having to retrain him.

2- Praise is essential inrepparttar 137346 puppy housebreaking process. It will make him feel more confident when you praise him with a treat or pat onrepparttar 137347 back for a job well done – not messing inrepparttar 137348 house! While mistakes can and will happen and you may get frustrated – it is very important to not punish your dog, yell or swat him if he has an accident inrepparttar 137349 house.

3- Be aware of your puppies eating and bathroom habits this will help you get him out side in time to prevent any accidents inrepparttar 137350 home. Puppies usually have to urinate upon waking up; don’t delay taking him outside upon starting his day. Puppies also defecate regularly after each meal – usually within twenty minutes from eating. Pay attention to your puppy, he will give you signals he has to go out but you have to be in tune with them. These signs include restless circling, squatting and sniffing.

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