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Yorkie Central, Issue #045
September 09, 2013
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Choosing the Best Diet for a Small DogA huge misconception about dogs is that they can eat almost anything. In truth, dogs have very sensitive digestive systems and because of this, a proper diet is essential.
While some larger breeds tend to handle foods better than smaller breeds, especially dogs to include Yorkshire terriers, all dogs need to be fed nutrient-rich diets.
Of course, a proper diet translates to a healthy and happy animal that can be enjoyed for many years to come.
The goal is to start an animal on a healthy diet while still young but it is never too late to make appropriate changes.
Small Breed DogsAs mentioned, Yorkies and other smaller breeds need to be on a proper diet.
Because small dogs have small stomachs, leading veterinarians agree that just two small meals a day would suffice, each of about one-half cup of food.
This makes it easier for food to be processed but it would also prevent a problem of obesity. We also want to mention that choosing small bite food would be best to help with chewing and again, digestion.
Overall, pet owners want to choose a commercial product or make dog food at home that offers the right balance of proteins and nutrients.
Good versus BadIn addition to learning the best diet for a small dog it would be just as beneficial to learn the types of foods to avoid. First, we have listed a number of tips specific to things that a Yorkshire terrier should eat, followed by things this particular breed should stay clear of.
Proper Diet Choices
o Although there remains some controversy over feeding Yorkies a diet consisting of raw food, it has been proven time and time again that of all diets this is the best. A raw food diet includes raw beef or chicken, raw organs, and raw vegetables. In addition to being good for the digestive system, raw food diets are easier to chew, they produce shinier coats, help strengthen bones and muscles, and overall are a healthy choice.
o If buying commercial foods, it would be imperative to read all ingredients on the label. Below we listed some specific examples of things to avoid but first we wanted to offer a few suggestions pertaining to brands deemed the best – Acana, Blue Buffalo Wilderness, Canidae, Earthborn, Hi-Tek Naturals, Nature’s Variety, Orijen, Timberwolf, and Wysong, among others have received high marks.
o Dry food should be the staple diet to help prevent periodontal disease although occasionally adding wet food is considered safe
o An all-natural or organic diet consisting of omega 3 fatty acids is highly recommended to prevent skin allergies that Yorkshire terriers are prone to developing. Some of the best ingredients include salmon or lamb mixed with whole grain rice and veggies
Bad Diet Choices
o Any commercial products that contain byproducts, artificial colorants, non-specific animal sources, ground or whole corn, and BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin should be avoided. In addition, unless meat is listed among the first four or five ingredients on the label the food should not even be considered.
o Some of the worst brands according to top veterinarians include Science Diet, Alpo, Pedigree, Beneful, Kibbles and bits, and Purina One
o Additional foods to avoid that are not only hard on a Yorkie’s digestive system but in some cases potentially lethal include chocolate, cocoa bean, grapes/raisins, raw eggs, dairy products, cooked bones, onion, garlic, and sugar free candy/gum, among many others
Last AddedLiver Shunt Video - Liver Shunt in dogs is a condition where the blood bypasses the liver. This basically means that the toxins in the blood that are to be removed by the liver do not get removed.
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