The complete foods of VitalBite offer a balanced composition that can contribute to the healthy day-to-day lives of our four-legged friends and hence also the happiness of dog-owners.
The treats as well as the complete dry, tinned and alu-pouch packaged foods are designed to meet the physiological needs of dogs at all ages.
They are easy to digest, and they contain a complete range of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, so they protect the dogs’ immune systems while strengthening muscles, nurturing coats and contributing to the maintenance of dental and skeletal health.
VitalBite dog-foods were developed in close cooperation with specialists.
Thanks to their high quality and excellent composition, regular consumption provides the daily energy requirement of dogs and keeps them in top condition.
We believe that the relationship between dogs and people is equally important for both parties. We take care of them, and they make our lives more complete. Therefore we endeavour to offer dog-owners some assistance with that rewarding task.
VitalBite dog foods offer a continuously growing selection of flavours to help us take care of our four-legged friends: our mission is to develop products that taste so special that every meal becomes a real culinary experience.
For all owners, providing a maximally healthy diet for their dog is the greatest challenge. We know how important that issue is, so we shall provide some guidelines about the most important things to watch out for and the nutrients that our furry friends need.
The fundamental rule is that the dog should find the food tasty, while the food should comply with the health and biological requirements associated with the animal’s development, growth and physiology. Owners can find information on the packaging of our dog foods, where we show the composition and most important characteristics of our products.
Proteins are the building blocks required for building tissues and organs, but amino acids also play an important role in creating the enzymes required for metabolic processes and for the proper operation of the immune system. A sufficient quantity of proteins is indispensable for growth and for maintaining a dog’s good condition.
Carbohydrates provide life energy for dogs. Rice, corn and wheat are excellent sources of carbohydrates. Potatoes also contain many valuable nutrients, but the high starch content makes them harder to digest. Dogs can store carbohydrates in the liver, but excessive intake will result in carbs being converted to body fat.
Fat is a major source of energy in dog food, while it also contributes to making the food tasty for dogs. Certain fats are required for maintenance and operation of the nervous system.
Among essential fatty acids, Omega-6 fatty acids contribute to the maintenance of healthy skin and fur. For that reason, VitalBite dry foods contain Omega-6 fatty acids.
Vitamins play a vital role in the organism of dogs just as they do in people. As the animal organism is unable to produce many vitamins itself, the required quantities can only be obtained through food intake. In the same way, the minerals required for the operation and development of the body also need to be provided for dogs with their nutrients.
Fibre has a beneficial effect on digestion; lack of fibre can cause indigestion. VitalBite foods contain vegetable components that are excellent sources of dietary fibre.
Finally, let us not forget that dogs also need water. If a dog has no access to water, that will have severe consequences in a matter of days. On the other hand, they can do quite well without food until they lose about half their bodyweight. Depending on size, a dog needs 0.5 to 2 litres of water per day. As animals instinctively drink exactly as much as they need, fresh drinking water should be available to dogs at all times.
So VitalBite dog foods can provide a great balanced diet thanks to the fact that they are complete foods containing appropriate quantities of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals in compliance with the strictest applicable standards.
It is a great advantage of dry dog food that dosing and serving it requires relatively little work. They are easy to store, they do not go off, so owners can keep even quite large quantities at home, as long as they observe the best before date.
Dry dog food has an average moisture content of 10%, while moist foods contain 75-85% water. As a result, owners should make sure to remember that dogs on dry food drink a lot, while dogs given moist food, cooked food or kitchen leftovers probably need less water.
BODILY HYGIENE IN DOGS
Just like humans, dogs also feel refreshed after a good clean. Regular and appropriate care will make our pets look healthy and beautiful, something that they are surely grateful for. As to how often a dog needs to be persuaded to be cleaned depends a great deal on the kind of dog, its size, type of fur and the amount of time it spends outdoors.
Dogs do not like to have baths and they do not lick themselves clean like cats do. They clean themselves by scratching, shaking their bodies, and using tiny bites. The shake themselves off, for instance, when they get wet, or when there is something on their backs that they wish to remove. They can use their hind legs to scratch their necks, chests and bellies, while they use their front legs to clean their noses and heads. When they itch, they bite and then lick the parts that they cannot scratch.
Naturally, conscientious owners can offer additional assistance with thorough cleaning to complement instinctive behaviour.
To comb the dog’s coat, chose a brush or comb that suits your dog’s fur. Long-haired dogs should use a brush with metal teeth with rounded tips, short-haired dogs are best cleaned with a bristle brush.
Depending on breed and fur type, dogs’ coats should be brushed at least once a week. The best solution is to brush the dog thoroughly every day to assist with the natural shedding of hair, this will also allow us to keep track of moulting. Our pet will find the gentle scratching of the brush to be quite pleasant, and this will also loosen dandruff, allowing the skin to breathe better.
While brushing the dog, pay attention to the condition of the skin and any vegetable matter, thistles and sticky pieces caught in the fur, which need to be removed to avoid irritation.
The frequency of bathing is also dependent on breed and fur type, as well as the amount of time the dog spends playing outdoors. Remember that excessively frequent bathing will remove protective oils and naturally secreted fat from the skin and the fur, which may make the coat and the skin drier and more sensitive. In general, dogs should be given a bath once every three months.
A few tips for bathing:
– Put balls of cotton wool in your dog’s ears, to prevent sudden head movements resulting in water getting into the auditory canals
– Stand the dog in the bathtub or in a plastic tub to stop it escaping, as dogs generally tend to dislike wet environments
– Use a gentle dog shampoo
– Afterwards, use a towel to dry off the dog’s fur – the dog will also help you by shaking itself off vigorously
Dogs’ toenails need to be clipped regularly. Use a special tool for this job, available in pet stores. This will allow you to cut only as much as necessary, as dog’s toenails have blood vessels and nerves in them that are rather easy to damage.
Cleaning the ears may be required in dogs susceptible to ear disease once every two weeks. Wipe only the outer parts using an oily rag or cotton-wool ball, but do not put anything inside your dog’s ears.
Cleaning the eyes is not a task to be performed regularly, it is hardly ever required in healthy dogs.
For cleaning teeth, provide a special dry food or chewy toys specifically for cleaning teeth, and then no extra attention is required. If necessary, dogs’ teeth can be cleaned using special dog toothbrushes and toothpaste!
WHY EXERCISE IS IMPORTANT FOR DOGS
Exercise is the key factor determining the happiness and health of dogs. Dogs are naturally very active and playful. Their relatives in the wild spend the greatest part of the day hunting, while young animals learn the skills they need through playing, yet many dogs often spend most of their day indoors or in a garden. This makes them susceptible to obesity and growing lazy. The lack of exercise leads to boredom, which makes many dogs unhappy.
The movement of dogs is aided by their highly flexible spines: when they run fast, their entire bodies act as a sort of extension of the hind legs. The shapes of the various breeds were dictated by function: working underground, in water or on the surface all require different builds.
All dogs like to play and to move, but the type and quantity of exercise they need varies with age, type and health condition. Before buying a dog, learn about the various breeds and their optimal exercise levels. If you only have time for one short walk a day, choose a less active breed.
Along with the need for exercise, the dog’s age-specific needs should also be taken into account. Young animals should not be over-exercised, as this may have the opposite result to the one desired. The type of surface on which we train the dog also matters.
Trotting, for instance, should only be done on hard ground, but extended galloping on hard ground can damage the front paws. A hard soil may promote the formation of strong, closed paws, while soft meadow soil, deep sand or gravel or ploughed soil will result in softer feet with more open toes.
What is the best form of exercise?
Walking is the best, most complete form of exercise; it maintains the muscles and circulation. In general, dogs should get some form of exercise every day, but you should consult a vet first to find out whether your pet has any health problems that may be aggravated by exercise. The vet will also tell you what forms of movement are safe for your dog. Elderly canines with health problems or in a poor physical condition for other reasons should start with a 15-minute walk on a leash, then the time should be increased gradually. Retractable leashes allow sufficient freedom for the dog to explore the environment, yet you can hold the dog if necessary. For young, healthy dogs, walking on a leash is probably insufficient, they need free, vigorous exercise in nature, or in a larger park.
Keep in mind that if the dog moves more, or performs tasks that need a great deal of energy, they will also need food with fast-absorbed carbohydrates, such as those you can find among VitalBite dry foods.
Jogging and running are also good ways to exercise healthy, strong dogs, ensuring to do it with sufficient care. Young dogs under the age of six months should not be taken for runs, and it should also be avoided on very hot days.
Playing is one of the best ways of not only exercising a dogs body but also its mind. Playing also helps the dog learn in an enjoyable fashion that the owner is the boss. Throwing balls, frisbees, and sticks are all great ways of playing with your dog.
At the same time, playful training will develop and strengthen the muscles, benefit the heart, circulation and metabolism, too. All of that will also have an advantageous effect on the animal’s character: your dog will feel safe and become more confident, robust and brave.
DENTAL CARE IN DOGS
All dog-owners know that proper nutrition is very important, but not so many are aware of the importance of dental care. Dogs use their teeth not only for eating but for many other purposes too, for instance, playing. This is whyprotecting those teeth is particularly important.
Dogs are carnivores, and their dental setup reflects that fact. Of the 42 teeth, 20 are in the upper while 22 are in the lower jaw.
It is very important to take care of dental health from puppy age!
Puppies chew everything instinctively, and if we do not provide something for them to chew, they will chew anything they find at home. Trying to teach a puppy not to chew for that reason will result in deteriorating oral health because this way teeth will not have sufficient cleaning . Tinned food, moist and soft food gets caught between the teeth, creating a thick plaque that is a breeding ground for oral bacteria.
After eating, minerals are deposited in the plaque, resulting in tartar. Tartar under the gums causes periodontal disease, while the bacteria in it cause gingivitis. In protracted cases, periodontal disease results in the loosening and eventual loss of the tooth. Dogs with tartar salivate a lot, eat slowly, find it difficult to chew and hence they do not like to chew, and often reject foods with chunks or dry foods. In such cases, the unpleasant odour of the dog’s mouth can be symptom. As tartar can only be removed under anaesthesia, using an ultrasound device, prevention is important.
Make sure your pet has something to chew on. Contrary to popular belief, bones are not really suitable for this, as the teeth become worn too quickly, opening up the root canal, leading to an infection with severe symptoms. Instead of bones, use chewy toys made from animal leather or other edible materials. The latest products do not only clean the teeth mechanically, they also contain enzymes to prevent the formation of tartar. In addition, there are some treats and foods that are structured so as to remove plaque from the surface of teeth.
Another method for preventing tartar is washing teeth, which should be started when the dog is still a puppy, as at that time they find it easier to get used to the procedure. It is best to wait until the dog is 7-8 months old, as by that time, all the permanent teeth are in place. Dogs with inflamed gums, tartar of other oral problems should not have their teeth washed! Have the problem treated by your vet, including the removal of tartar.
If you are unable to get your dog to chew enough and you cannot wash its teeth, you can still use various enzyme-containing products. They are available in tablet and powder form, to be mixed in with dog food, or as a liquid to be added to the dog’s water. Naturally, the most important thing is to have your dog examined by a vet once a year.
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