In the modern world, keeping our canine companions happy and healthy can be a jaunting and expensive commitment over the course of their lifetimes.
According to a global survey of 22 countries conducted by GFK in 2016, 33% of people live with dogs. In the U.S., a 2017–2018 survey by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) revealed approximately 89.7 million dogs owned by 70% of households.
With lifetime expectancies of 12–16 years for most canines, owners often underestimate the costs of providing for the health and nutritional needs of their furry family member.
Here in the U.S., we spend a lot of money on our dogs for both health and nutrition.
As of 2017, the American Kennel Club (AKC) indicates routine canine veterinary costs range from $200-$500 per year depending on the size, age and health of your dog.
This yearly cost does not include over the counter medications, dental cleanings and any emergencies or additional health issues that may arise.
Similarly, the US Pet Food Industry's most recent report shows that annual costs of dog food can range from $55-$235 depending on the size of your pet and type/quality of food being provided, although many owners argue that number can reach into the $500 range or more per year for bigger dogs.
This estimated annual cost excludes biscuits, treats, supplements and medically prescribed foods, which can boost yearly costs to nearly $1000 for a single dog!
By examining the links between canine health and nutrition, pet owners will learn about the history of canine nutrition, the diseases related to poor or improper diets, and the various options that are available for the treatment, care and feeding of the nearly 90 million dogs here in the U.S. that provide joy, love and comfort in our daily lives.
What you will learn from this book:
Call of the Wild— The History of Canine Nutrition Domestication and the Modern Diet What Did My Dog Just Eat? Commercial Food VS People Food VS Biscuits and Treats Obesity— most common canine health. Dog food related allergies. Gastrointestinal (GI) Disorders— Explained Dental Disease