5 Tips to Natural Dog Care

It’s normal to be unsure of your dog’s health status. You’ve probably perused through thousands of conflicting opinions, advertisements, and dog care choices but the right decision has become difficult to make. With all these options, going natural is the best thing to do. Here are some tips to help you go towards this direction.

5 Tips to Natural Dog Care

1. Natural Food

One of the greatest investments that you can make for your dog concerns food. Sadly, some pet food companies have taken advantage of consumers’ demand for natural foods. They have developed awesome-looking packaging and brand advertising while making unrealistic claims on their products but failed to improve the ingredients.

Here are some tips to help you choose the right food:

  • Choose foods with an organic label on the corn ingredient
  • Avoid chemical preservatives such as propylene glycol, ethoxyquin, BHA, and BHT
  • For dry foods, the top ingredients should include meats or meat meals. For other types, the first ingredient should be meat
  • Look for all stage foods
  • The most nutritious foods are in raw, dehydrated, or frozen forms. Canned food is heavily processed

2. Natural Vitamins and Supplements

Your dog can better absorb and utilize natural vitamins that are derivatives of whole foods. Synthetic options, on the other hand, are less efficient. They could even be harmful. As many studies suggest, there are numerous unforeseen adverse effects that result from large doses of unnatural vitamins.

3. Parasite Control

According to research findings, every registered chemical for tick and flea control has caused adverse effects on some dogs. Fortunately, many natural parasite control methods are available for your dog. However, they require some bit of dedication and vigilance on your side to work.

Before you resort to the use of chemical products to protect your dog against fleas and disease-carrying mosquitoes and ticks, try essential oils or hydrosols. A natural insect repellent for dogs repels bugs and, unlike chemicals, improves your dog’s general health.

If your dog is healthy, it should be very resistant to parasites. Therefore, keep it on a good diet. Supplements rich in garlic, yeast, and vitamin B can be aversive to tick and flea taste buds. Also, the frequent use of a flea comb can effectively keep parasites away from your dog.

4. Grooming

There’s minimal or no regulation of grooming products for pets, so some companies utilize detergents, perfumes, and other harmful chemicals. Since the skin can easily absorb these products, they get into the bloodstream and cause serious health issues. Use natural grooming products such as safe herbs to keep your dog healthy.

5. Dog Treats and Chews

There are several great dog treats on the shelves such as dehydrated or freeze-dried meats and organs. Just ensure that they have no chemicals or additives and have not gone through much processing. Avoid China products such as chicken, sweet potato, dried fruit, and duck treats.

Conclusion

Of all the dog care methods, the natural way is the safest and healthiest. Grooming, using organic foods and vitamins, and making good choices about your dog’s treats can go a long way in promoting its health and well-being. This can help you avoid the adverse effects of utilizing chemicals on your dog.

    Isabella Donnelly

    An Australian Registered Veterinary Surgeon and Practitioner, Isabella Donnelly earned her Bachelor of Animal Science at Adelaide University before going on to study Veterinary Medicine at Melbourne University, from which she graduated in 2017.She has collaborated on honours and PhD projects, and she is working to complete a publication for the Veterinary and Agricultural Faculty of the University of Melbourne.

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