Vitamin and mineral supplements are not necessary unless they are recommended by your veterinarian for the management of certain conditions.
Improper nutrition is only one of the many things that cause poor skin and coat. After your veterinarian rules out disease as a possible cause, a diet high in energy and fatty acids such as a lamb and rice formula will usually improve the hair, coat and skin.
Feeding your pet a dry food will help to reduce tartar build-up. Tartar starts with a soft deposit called plaque. Hard food helps to scrape away the plaque before it turns to tartar. If you feed canned foods, biscuits or hard chew toys will help to reduce plaque. All dogs and cats should have their teeth checked by a veterinarian at least once a year.
The desire for a variety of foods is learned. Scientific studies show that pet's offered a choice of foods, tend to eat the same food day after day. Meeting your pet's changing needs should determine what food you feed your pet. Your pet will be happy and consistently eat the correct diet if you don't introduce bad eating habits.
There are many factors thought to make a dog bloat, whether it be dietary or not. Poorly digestible diets, especially if fed large amounts at one time can stretch the tissues supporting the stomach, which can allow twisting to occur. Diets containing excessive amounts of calcium may lead to changes in the stomach that have been linked to bloat. Ways to prevent bloat include: