How diet impacts your dogs’ mental health and behavior

happy dog with vegetable in its mouth
Diet has a direct impact not only on dogs’ physical health and appearance but also on mental health and behavior. The saying “You are what you eat” also goes for our canine friends. Poor nutrition can stress dogs, which may lead to many health issues, for example, intestinal problems. Not only will proper nutrition help to have good mental health and mood, but also improve the cognitive performance and overall behavior of your furry friend. According to animal nutritionists, dog owners should include high-quality nutrients in their meals by paying attention to the size, age, and energy of the dog. High-quality nutrients include proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Proteins are “the building blocks of life” and tend to boost energy. To ensure your dog’s well-being, make sure to give him meals that are high in tryptophan as it increases serotonin levels. Serotonin or “happy hormone” is considered a mood booster. Make sure to include high-protein meals such as eggs and poultry in your dog’s diet so that he gets enough tryptophan. Carbohydrates provide energy and are vital for an active lifestyle. Nowadays, it has become easy-peasy to feed doggos as there are a lot of manufactured grains and corns available in stores that are excellent sources of carbohydrates. However, excessive use of carbohydrates can cause allergies in dogs. Therefore, it is recommended to keep the balance of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Fats are more energetic than fats and proteins. Besides many health benefits for your pet, it improves mood and mental health.
Proteins — pork, beef, poultry, cooked eggs, peas, rice, fish, soy, vegetables
Carbohydrates — wheat, barley, white rice, peas, potatoes, dry dog food
Fats — fish and its oils, flaxseeds, pork fat,
Other — (vitamins, minerals, etc.) fish oil, cooked eggs, milk products, cereal grains, seeds, liver, nuts, vegetables and their oils, peanut meals, lamb
If your dog displays an imbalance in behavior, this might be related to nutrition. Dog behavioral therapists state that poor nutrition leads to poor behavior and may become a reason for obesity, excessive thinness, dry hair, and dental problems. The dog’s body can be stressed because of poor nourishment. A nervous dog has trouble digesting food and can develop serious digestive problems. This kind of health problem can lead to aggression over treats and food, stealing food, or vomiting up after eating.
Switching dogs to a more healthy diet along with exercise can improve not only the overall mental health and mood of your four-legged cutie but also offer several health benefits.