Border Collie Diet and Health
It’s tempting to think that feeding a dog is easy – you just give them some canned food a few times a day and be done with it right?
Wrong! Dogs and puppies actually have just as many complex requirements as humans when it comes to their diets and if you fail to get this right, then they will be much more likely to become ill and won’t be as happy and healthy in general.
The problem is that we know even less about canine nutrition and many of us don’t even realize that it’s something we need to think about.
For instance: we don’t even know whether there is actually any advantage to using breed-specific diets. Does a pug benefit from eating any differently from a border collie? And if not, is there really any point in buying products designed specifically for either?
Seeing as we don’t have any concrete answers in this regard right now, the most sensible way to proceed is to avoid wasting your money on breed-specific brands and instead focus on the ages. Foods aimed at puppies and older dogs do have some merit and will ensure that your collie gets all the energy and nutrient they need at each stage in their lives.
What we do know however, is that dogs require a mixture of nutrients just like humans. They need a lot of protein in order to repair tissue and build powerful muscle (dogs are made of a lot of muscle!) and they need nutrients like vitamin C to improve their immune systems, magnesium and calcium to strengthen their bones, etc.
And conversely, you should try to avoid additives that your dog wouldn’t naturally have been eating in large quantities in the wild. These include things like large amounts of added sugar, which can actually do a lot of harm to your dog’s health.
As you can see then, there are plenty of things to think about if you want to give your pup the healthiest diet possible. Thankfully though, many manufacturers are now realizing this and making it easier than ever to do just that. The best dog food for puppies is natural, nutritious and packed with protein – while avoiding unwanted sugar and additives. Give these types a shot as a starting point and your pup will stand the best chance of living a long, healthy life! And if you’re feeling really adventurous, then you can try throwing in some raw meat for your dog to chew on as well – this is perhaps the closest thing to the way that dogs actually evolved to eat!