Most dog owners will find that if they offer their pooch any morsel of food, it will be a mere matter of seconds before the grub is consumed. However, just because your four-legged friend will happily eat anything, it doesn't mean that just anything is good for them.
In fact, diet is an important incredibly factor in helping your pup lead a healthy and active lifestyle and owners should therefore devote some time to finding the ideal food for their pet.
While your pet's exact nutritional requirements will depend on age, breed and lifestyle, every dog should receive 37 specific nutrients from their diet.
Speaking to the Dog Daily, Dr Trisha Joyce, a veterinarian of New York City Veterinary Specialists emphasises that, although dogs are omnivores, a vegetarian diet is not suitable for your pet pooch.
Considering the ancestry and history of canines, the expert suggests that a protein-rich diet is a far better alternative provided that the food is of a high quality.
"Think of canines in the wild," she says. "They catch and consume other animals, and probably have a higher protein intake than what would ever be sold in pet stores."
While certain brands of pet food, such as James Wellbeloved and Arden Grange, provide an excellent source of high-quality protein for your canine companion, an increasing number of owners are turning to the raw dog food diet to feed their pooch.
With frozen dog food, it is not only easier to monitor how much protein your dog is consuming, but owners can also clearly see that prime cuts of meat have been used and that there are no added ingredients.
Many pet nutrition experts believe that, since this diet is closer to what your dog's ancestors would have fed on in the wild, it has added nutritional benefits for your furry friend.
Indeed, many dog owners who feed their pets on this diet report that they display a shinier coat, healthier teeth and gums, more energy and better breath in just a short period of time.
Written by: Hannah