Barry Schwartz is on a mission to make dog food healthy. “We love our pets, but sometimes we express that love by spoiling our animals with the wrong kinds of food,” says Mr. Schwartz, CEO and Director of All American Pet Company, a California-based business that makes canine nutrition a top priority. Mr. Schwartz offers the following seven tips for a sounder, more balanced diet for dogs:
Affection Not Food: When it comes to indulging pets, shower your dog with affection, not food. Showing the love through big meals and excessive snacks can lead to health problems like obesity and diabetes.
Stress Breakfast: The most important meal of the day for people, breakfast is equally essential for pets.
Exercise Portion Control: Similar to dietitians, most veterinarians now recommend more frequent meals with greater portion control for pets.
The Five Per Cent Rule: Treats should be given in moderation and should represent five per cent or less of a dog’s daily food intake.
Stay Hydrated: Fresh, clean water is more important to your dog than any other
nutrient. While dogs can survive for days without food, lack of water can kill
them, so keep pets well hydrated, especially in hot weather
and when they are
Avoid “Raw” Foods: Raw meat, poultry, fish, and eggs may contain bacteria, such as salmonella, that can make your dog very sick, so it is recommended to
avoid these foods. To prevent accidental illness, keep a tight lid on the garbage.
Look At The Label: By law, pet food manufacturers must label foods with an ingredient list and guaranteed analysis of the food’s percentages of protein, fat, fiber, moisture, and nutritional values. Though ingredients are listed by weight, keep an eye out for ingredients that might be listed several different ways (for example, wheat, which can be listed as flour, flakes, middlings, or bran).
Coming soon to big-box retail stores and veterinary offices around the country, All American Pet Company has introduced Grrr-nola, the first-ever multigrain bar meal replacement for dogs, and Bow Wow Breakfast, a line of super premium breakfast food for pooches. “As Americans have become increasingly health conscious, nutritional awareness should influence the food choices we make for all our family members, pets included,” says Mr. Schwartz. Visit www.bowwowbreakfast.com to learn more.
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