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National Nutrition Month: Why it’s important to keep track of your dog’s nutrition

March 06, 2024
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National Nutrition Month: Why it’s important to keep track of your dog’s nutrition - Whistle

Nutrition isn't just about filling your dog's bowl; it's about fueling their body and supporting their overall health. The pet food market is flooded with options, each claiming to be the best choice for your furry friend. But amidst the flashy packaging and catchy slogans, how do you separate fact from fiction?

What Should I Look for in a Dog Food?

Let's cut through the marketing noise and get straight to the essentials:

  • Nutritional Balance: Look for a food that meets the AAFCO* standards for complete and balanced nutrition. Ignore terms like "premium" or "gourmet"—they're just fluff.
  • Ingredient Quality: While it's tempting to focus on buzzwords like "real ingredients," the truth is, the label can be hard to interpret. Chicken might sound better than chicken meal, but it is the nutritional content of all the ingredients together that matters most.
  • Tailored Nutrition: Consider your dog's individual needs, including their age, size, breed, and activity level. There's no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition, so choose a food that meets your dog's specific requirements.
    • Certain life stages like growing large breed puppies have specific needs that must be met to help them grow properly.
    • While all adult dogs have similar basic needs, certain breeds may benefit from certain extra nutrients to enhance their coats or increased digestibility for those that tend to have sensitive stomachs.
  • Dry or canned: Both types can provide adequate nutrition, so choose based on your dog's preferences or special dietary needs. Some dogs might require a soft diet to eat well due to a medical condition.
  • Pick a food that your best friend loves and looks great on. It is also ok to consider a food that aligns with your budget. You do not need to feel guilty by not feeding a super trendy boutique food. Your vet can help guide you if you are not sure if you dog has special needs.

How Often Should I Feed My Dog?

Feeding frequency depends on factors like age, size, and metabolism. Puppies benefit from multiple meals a day, while adult dogs can typically thrive on two meals. Senior dogs may benefit from smaller, more frequent meals to aid digestion. No matter the feeding schedule it is important to track how much per day you are feeding to prevent extra pounds from sneaking on.

Why is it Important to Track Your Dog’s Habits?

Keeping tabs on your dog's habits isn't just about being a responsible pet owner—it's about proactive healthcare. By monitoring their diet, weight, and activity levels, you can catch potential issues early and make informed decisions about their care.

Diet Monitoring:

Keep a close eye on what and how much your dog eats. Changes in appetite or eating habits could signal underlying health issues.

This feature is currently available on iOS devices.
Whistle App - Weight Logging

Weight Management:

Regular weigh-ins help you track your dog's weight and adjust as needed to prevent obesity.

This feature is currently available on iOS devices.

Whistle App - Poop Scan

What goes in must come out:

Joking aside monitoring your dog's fecal quality is an excellent way to understand if what they are eating is providing optimum GI health.

This feature is currently available on iOS devices.

Whistle App - Activity Goal

Activity Tracking:

Dogs need exercise to stay healthy and happy.Monitor their activity levels to ensure they are getting enough physical stimulation. Sudden decreases could indicate they are not feeling their best and warrant a closer look.

How Whistle Smart Devices Can Help

Whistle smart devices offer valuable insights into your dog's health and habits, making it easier than ever to track their well-being. From monitoring activity levels, tracking weight, journaling about your best friend, and monitoring their digestive health, Whistle provides the tools you need to give your dog the best possible care.

This National Nutrition Month, let's cut through the confusion and focus on what really matters: providing our dogs with the nutrition they need to thrive. With a clear understanding of their dietary needs and the right tools at our disposal, we can give our furry friends the best chance at a long, healthy life.

*AAFCO is a non-profit organization that sets standards for both animal feeds and pet foods in the United States.

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