Nutrition, despite being often underestimated, is one of the most important factors for health and correct development of the dog. Each body area is, in fact, affected by it in its functions and in its metabolism, in a more or less evident way. Poor nutrition, besides weakening the digestive system (diarrhea, vomiting, colic, and so on), is responsible for many other factors that, rarely, an owner associates with food deficiencies or excesses. Some of these, though fewer actually than all the existing ones, are: lack of the coat sheen, loss of integrity and strength of the skin, worsening of bones solidity, of functionality of the eyes and of reproductive performances, changes in regularity of the most internal organs and so on. A balanced and constant diet should, therefore, be followed so that the dog can get used to it and satisfy its metabolic needs.
Generally talking, there are three kind of nutrition:

Home-made nutrition
Home-made nutrition consists in a food ration prepared without making use of some of the various packaged products present in the market. This type of nutrition is, generally, much more appetizing for the dog, also thanks to the possibility to vary the ingredients every day. The satisfaction of the animal depends, of course, on the chef skills and his ability to move around the kitchen!!! Your dogs will be your judges! :p
Despite the increased palatability, however, this nutrition has some disadvantages. First of all, it requires a greater effort for the owner who, in any case, must spend part of his time for the preparation. In addition, even being the most careful and rigorous owner, this type of diet is difficult to be balanceable and it will be necessary to use dietary supplements (which are not always cheap).

Commercial Nutrition
Commercial diet can be dry (kibble) or wet (canned). The first one provides a well-balanced ration with the correct percentages of all the needed components. If it is a good quality product, it does not require further supplements. It's quick to be prepared and easy to be used even though it often can be unattractive for the dog. Just a little advise: always be sure to close the sack carefully because, if the food is exposed to air for a long time, it could become rancid.
Cans, lastly, are an appetizing and easy to prepared food but, at the same time, they are very expensive and, if used too often or in the wrong doses, they can bring digestive disorders such as diarrhea or flatulence.

Mixed nutrition
The mixed food is, obviously, the simultaneous use of home-made and commercial supplies. The risk in this case is not the lack of substances or nutrients but, on the contrary, an excess of them. The commercial products, as said, are well balanced and they don't need integrations. Make sure, then, not to exceed and always be constant with doses and types of food.

I'd like to always remember that there are expert vets that can give you advices on the best diet for your dog considering its particular needs too.

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