A healthy diet is as important for your dog as it is for you.* Unfortunately, low quality ingredients, including grains and rendered animal meal, could be making your dog sick. Chemicals, additives (artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, and synthetic vitamins), and intolerance to certain poor-quality ingredients (corn, wheat, rendered animal meals) contribute to chronic inflammation and excessive oxidation, which may contribute to the rise in cancer rates among dogs. Other health problems associated with an unhealthy diet include kidney, heart, and dental disease, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes.
A poor diet can also cause weight gain. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, nearly half of our dogs are overweight or obese. And just as with humans, obesity in dogs can cause serious problems including diabetes, joint damage, heart disease, digestive disorders, and skin problems. In fact, that extra fat could shorten your dog’s life by as much as two years.
A diet rich in high quality proteins and loaded with antioxidants, such as those found in The Well Fed Dog meals, can help your dog maintain a healthy weight, boost your dog’s immune system, and fight off the conditions that lead to canine cancer. The right combination of diet and exercise can add years to your dog’s life.
*As with any health issue you should discuss your dog’s diet with your veterinarian.