Chow Food and Health
There are numerous ways you can keep your pet healthier, but the general goal should be to ensure they are happy and that they get plenty of exercise, while also feeding them a good diet with plenty of protein, vitamins and minerals. Obviously some health conditions are unpredictable and unavoidable, but by strengthening their immune system you can improve their ability to fend off most assaults on their health.
Many people assume that diet is something they can forget about – just feed them whatever brand of dog food and have done with it! In fact though, the right dog food can make all the difference to the health of your Chow Chow. Get this wrong and they will not form the strong immune system, or glossy and healthy coat, that is all important for fending off fleas, infections, and other problems. Likewise, poor diet often leads to joint issues, temperament problems, weight gain and more!
To avoid these issues then, seek out a dog food that has got a good balance of nutrient and that doesn’t include unwanted additives like sugar. Large amounts of sugar are bad for your dog.
Examples of dog brands that use natural ingredients and are well suited to Chow Chows include:
This is made primarily from chicken which means you’re providing your dog with a natural and healthy source of protein for supporting muscle and bone health. It tastes great and you should have no problem getting your dog to eat up, while the rice is a great source of energy that will keep them fuller for longer.
This is a dog food that should please both owners and dogs alike. It is a ‘complete’ solution designed to contain all of the crucial nutrients and ingredients that your dog needs to thrive. What’s more, is that it also tastes the part and combines a combination of great food sources. Specifically, this contains deboned chicken, oatmeal and salmon (with added DHA for extra brain benefits). That’s some surf and turf that some humans might even be jealous of right there!
Consider as well that you should look for dog foods that are designed to suit your dog’s age (don’t worry about breed specific brands, these haven’t been shown to have any advantage).
For example, consider this brand for puppies:
Like all the best natural dog food for puppies, this brand is aimed specifically at growing pups and comes in different formulas to suit different sizes. You can order in different bulks too – either 2.5 or 13-pound varieties – and both will support digestive health, healthy teeth and general energy levels.
What if Your Dog Eats Something Bad
One diet-related health issue that can affect your dog is what happens when it eats something it shouldn’t. Don’t worry about your Chow Chow eating things off the floor – while this can be a bad things, it’s actually more serious if they eat something like a box of chocolates.
Understand that this is actually a dangerous situation for your dog and that you should seek immediately to help them purge their stomachs before they absorb too much of the sugar.
One way to do this is to force them to be sick. Fortunately, there is a relatively easy trick for doing this which is simply to take a saline solution (water mixed with salt) and to force feed it to your dog until they are sick. If you struggle to do this, try using a syringe and spraying it into your dog’s mouth.
If this doesn’t work immediately, then you should phone the emergency vets. They will then be able to help by pumping your dog’s stomach. As long as they get there in time then you have nothing to worry about but do make sure that you call quickly and don’t ignore the situation.