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The importance of good nutrition for dogs

What we put into our body is the fuel that feeds us for the entire day. It is the foundation to a healthy life, and this is true for dogs too.

When you consider all the activities dogs fit into their busy days, whether chasing balls, following us around the house, running through fields to play, or simply cuddling on the couch after a busy day, it is important to consider proper nutrition for dogs to support their health. High quality food that provides essential nutrients in appropriate amounts can provide the 5 Signs of Wellbeing: optimal energy, a healthy coat, a healthy digestive system, healthy teeth and bones, and immune health.

When they are on a high-quality food, you will notice the difference. Your dog will have that extra pep in their step on their daily walk (probably wanting to make them longer!), and a shiny coat will turn the heads of everyone you walk by. They will be excited to eat their food, and you’ll be happy even when you clean up the aftermath. These are the 5 Signs of Wellbeing we want a diet to support.

5 SIGNS OF WELLBEING

HEALTHY SKIN & COAT
Dog with CORE dog foodAs the largest organ, the skin provides protection from the world while constantly renewing itself, the coat too provides protection and warmth. A healthy skin and coat with a proper shine requires proper nutrition for our dogs. Hair is 95% protein, and the skin and coat combined require 25-30% of the dogs total protein intake. Protein is also needed to maintain a healthy skin barrier, as skin cells are constantly being lost and replenished. This is why high quality protein sources, which can be found in Wellness CORE natural dog food, are important in a pet’s nutrition, as they provide essential amino acids that act as building blocks for skin and fur.

Skin is an important protective barrier from all of the things our dogs can get into, and essential fatty acids such as the omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid, and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, are other nutrients needed in the right amounts to help keep that protective barrier intact. Lastly vitamins and minerals such as some of the B vitamins, vitamins A, D, and E as well as minerals like zinc and copper can impact skin health and pigment production.

OPTIMAL ENERGY
Proper nutrition can be considered the best fuel for the body. While we all know that donuts will give us energy, as much as we enjoy the delicious taste, we know we shouldn’t fuel ourselves with donuts all the time, but rather healthy foods that are nutrient dense and provide appropriate energy. The same is true for dogs.

Complete nutrition for your dog will be one that has the proper nutrient level to energy ratio, based on scientific evidence, to meet all of their nutrient requirements without excess calories. This can be achieved through the use of highly digestible, high quality proteins, healthy sources of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, and wholesome carbohydrates. This way, your dog can be properly fuelled for a busy day chasing their tail or ball at the park.

HEALTHY DIGESTION
Any dog owner can tell you the importance of healthy digestion, just take your pooch for a walk and you are presented with the digestive process daily. Ensuring the right amounts of fibre in the diet to ensure a healthy digestive system, but not resulting in having to take your dog out for too many bathroom breaks is a sign of proper nutrition for your dog.

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Providing a healthy diet with some fibre, such as chicory root – a natural source of inulin, can not only feed your dog, but also your dog’s microbiota, the bugs that live in your dog’s gut and help maintain gut health. Fibre acts as a prebiotic (a food for the microbiota) and getting proper amounts through good nutrition can be another sign of good health. The use of probiotics also provides additive benefits, by supplying some desirable ‘good’ bacteria along with some fibre to feed them can provide the right steps towards healthy digestion. Wellness CORE Lamb is perfectly designed to meet the needs of sensitive digestion. Crafted to deliver highly digestible nutrition, this recipe also contains dietary fibre, prebiotics and probiotics so that every bite your dog eats optimises their digestive health.

IMMUNE HEALTH
Overall health is supported by proper dog nutrition, as the proper amounts of protein and essential amino acids derived from highly digestible, excellent quality protein, will provide building blocks for immune cells and antibody production.

Cell signalling and some antiinflammatory effects are facilitated by essential fatty acids as well as vitamins and minerals, which come from various ingredients including antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables. Fibre even provides fuel to the gut bacteria which can also help support immune health, and can be found as chicory root, or other fruit and vegetable sources.

Proper nutrition with all the essential nutrients in appropriate amounts can provide benefits to your dog not only seen on the outside like a shiny coat, healthy teeth, and bouncy step, but can also be counted on the inside to provide your dog the foundation it needs to stay healthy when confronted by pesky bugs at the dog park.

HEALTHY TEETH & BONES
Dog with dental chewDogs use their bodies and mouths to express themselves and to experience the world, and a healthy set of teeth and strong bones are essential for that purpose.

The optimal amount and ratio of minerals like calcium and phosphorus is necessary to prevent skeletal problems both when growing, and as seniors when joint disease is more common. Large breed puppies, in particular, need the proper amounts of calcium and phosphorus or skeletal problems can arise and lead to significant problems. Added inclusions to help support joints, such as glucosamine and chondroitin can further support strong bones through healthy joint support, allowing dogs to move around more comfortably, helping strengthen bones with every activity.

Additionally, dental care for dogs is very important because healthy teeth allow dogs to chew their food properly, breaking it down into smaller, more manageable pieces that a dog’s digestive enzymes can then more effectively act on. This efficient chewing and digestive process increases a dog’s nutrient absorption from the food, whereas inadequate chewing or digestion can lead to choking, digestive upset, malnutrition, or nutritional deficiencies. How to avoid this? Brush those teeth! Maintaining healthy dog gums and teeth reduces the risk of dog tooth decay and tooth loss. Keeping your dog’s teeth clean can lead to a happier and more comfortable life for your best furry friend.

WHIMZEES by WellnessDogs release the feel-good hormones known as endorphins when chewing, leading to a sense of pleasure and relaxation for them. Endorphins are natural chemicals produced by the brain that act as neurotransmitters and play a role in reducing pain and stress while promoting feelings of well-being and happiness.

By offering a daily dental dog chew like WHIMZEES® by Wellness or toys that encourage chewing, you are keeping their teeth clean, exercising their jaw muscles, and providing mental stimulation. Win-win-win! From teeth to wagging tail, keeping up with canine oral care shows your favourite canine companion how much you care about them, their health, and their overall well-being. It only takes a few minutes a day to support your dog’s dental health, and then you both get to enjoy the benefits of those healthy teeth and gums all day – and life-long.

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