This post is sponsored by Shameless Pets.
Dogs, like the humans that care for them, have unique and important dietary needs. For this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we partnered with popular U.S.-based pet treat brand Shameless Pets to offer a comprehensive overview of our four-legged furends' specific nutritional requirements. By better understanding how to offer our pups a balanced diet, we can ensure they live their longest, happiest, and healthiest lives by our sides.
Dogs need a well-balanced diet with the following building blocks:
There are many different perspectives on the right ratio of protein, fat, and carbohydrates in a dog’s diet, but the team at Fetch by WebMD state that an adult dog’s diet should deliver:
Recommendations may vary if you have a puppy or senior dog since the number of calories often varies substantially based on dog age. The National Academies, for example, believes puppies should receive twice the caloric intake as a similar-sized adult dog; senior dogs, roughly 20% less than an adult dog of the same weight), not to mention size and activity level.
Vitamins and minerals are naturally present in many foods dogs eat, and typically it is unnecessary to provide your dog with supplements if you are feeding him or her a nutritionally-balanced and high quality dog food. Some of the most important vitamins and minerals for dogs include:
The typical dog should drink around one ounce of water per pound weighed per day, according to the Emancipet Clinics. This means that a 10-pound dog should drink somewhere between half and three-quarters of a typical 16.9 ounce water bottle, while a 60-pound dog should drink closer to 4 of them.
If your dog doesn't seem to be drinking enough water throughout the day, consider adding a few more drops to his or her breakfast and dinner bowl.
Dog treats can certainly be part of a balanced diet, although they should never take the place of high quality and nutritionally-balanced dog food. To ensure your pup is getting the highest quality calories from treats, consider reputable doggy treat brands like Shameless Pets.
Shameless Pets offers a varied selection of high quality, protein-packed, and drool-worthy dog and cat treats. All treats are made with natural and nutrient-rich ingredients such as chicken, duck, sweet potato, blueberries, banana, apple, and more.
Why is good nutrition important for dogs? With a well-balanced diet, your dog will be able to maintain a healthy weight, have plenty of energy, and realize several other health advantages throughout his or her life. Here we outline the benefits of proper canine nutrition and also highlight our favorite Shameless Pets dog treats that support these key qualities:
Although we have all been known to spoil our canine companions on occasion, we agree with veterinarians that pet treats should be a small part of a pet’s diet. Always make sure to review the back of any pet treat bag to confirm recommended daily quantities based on your pet’s size.
Shameless Pets celebrates the triumphs of finding ways to waste less— transforming misfit and surplus produce into treats for cats and dogs. All Shameless Pets treats are a nutritionist crafted way to shamelessly make your pet smile and make a positive impact on the planet. You can find them on their website, many local independent pet stores, and major retailers including Amazon, Chewy, Whole Foods, Grove Collaborative, and more.
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Canine distemper is one of the most common and lethal dog diseases. The airborne virus targets unvaccinated puppies under 6 months old and young adult dogs. While distemper can be prevented through a series of shots, it kills a large majority of unvaccinated puppies and a significant proportion of unvaccinated adult dogs.
What causes distemper in dogs, and how does the virus spread? What are the symptoms of canine distemper, and is your puppy or dog at risk? How effective is the canine distemper vaccine?
Here is everything you need to know about the causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of distemper in dogs.
Our adorable sausage dog Django recently had back surgery for Intervertebral Disc Disease. Four weeks after Django's surgery, our family moved into a new home with hardwood floors everywhere. Although Django has been recovering nicely after his surgery, his back legs are still wobbly at times, and he tends to slip on smooth surfaces—especially hardwood! Since moving, our goal has been to find top-quality pet products that not only help Django be comfortable in the home but also protect our new floors and furniture.
In addition to looking for a new orthopedic dog bed for Django, I began searching for high quality and nice looking pet blankets for the couch and bed. In my search, I soon discovered Paw.com and the high quality pet products they offer. Paw.com offers modern orthopedic dog beds and matching faux fur waterproof pet blankets, among other original designs. After reading reviews from passionate Paw.com customers, I ordered the PupRug Bundle for Django which includes both Paw.com's memory foam pet bed and faux fur blanket. Django has been obsessed with his bed and blanket ever since we opened our Paw.com boxes!
The following is an honest review and in-depth overview of Paw.com’s PupRug Faux Fur Orthopedic Dog Bed and PupProtector Waterproof Blanket based on our experience with both. If you have any questions about our Paw.com experience or want to share a story of your own, please leave us a comment below!
Does your dog jump for joy when he hits the pool, beach, or anything wet? Maybe he crashes kiddie pools or belly flops into any body of water like our sausage dog Django. Or maybe your dog is downright afraid to dip his paw in the pool. Every canine is unique, and not all are dripping with excitement at the thought of getting wet. Depending on your dog’s breed, personality, and experiences, he might be a natural swimmer or water-shy.
Whether your dog is a seafarer like Django or a landlubber, he needs to learn how to be safe in the water. You might want to catch a wave or backcountry canoe with your dog. Maybe you even have an inflatable kiddie pool or a swimming pool in your backyard. In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we discuss the best and worst dog breeds for swimming and look at how long your dog can safely stay in the pool. We also explain how to teach your dog to swim and provide water safety tips.