Your dog’s health and wellbeing are important to you and your
family. Not to mention keeping down the cost of veterinarian bills! So, you need to carefully consider the food
that you give your dog. People sometimes just pick the first dog food bag they see at the store. It’s easy to
overlook the importance of dog food but it is essential to pick the right one for your dog.
To keep your dog healthy, he needs plenty of fresh water and
should be fed good quality dog food in amounts just right to meet his energy requirements. Always follow the
guidelines on the dog food package for recommended feeding amounts.
Picking a dog food
The first challenge in choosing a dog food is picking one
that has overall quality. The term that comes up a lot about dog food is human grade. Human grade implies that
the dog food is good enough for us to eat. Many commercial dog foods are made from materials unusable or less
desirable for human consumption. Often the meat that is used in dog food is of a quality considered unfit for
humans to eat.
Major dog food companies try to provide balanced proportions
of vitamins and minerals for maximum benefit to your dog. Although you may see that many brands of dog food have
almost identical labels, a reputable dog food company will provide an explanation for each supplement and how it
benefits your dog.
Always read the label to see what proteins, vitamins and
minerals are being provided to your dog. Try not to use store brand dog food they may short change your dog on
much needed nutrition.
Studies have shown that the primary ingredient in dog food
should be meat-based protein, not corn meal, flour or corn gluten meal. According to reviews a better-quality
dog foods result in a healthier coat, fewer digestive problems and firmer stools. Pet-nutrition experts agree
that the best dog food is made from human-grade ingredients like meat, whole grains and vegetables. Premium dog
food is so important because good nutrition is essential for a long, healthy life.
Types of dog food
There are many varieties of dog food to choose from. The
three most popular types of dog foods are dry, semi-moist and canned products. Check the colour of your dog
food. Usually, dog food made from natural ingredients will have soft earth tones and contain no preservatives,
artificial colours and flavours.
Raw dog food is becoming more popular. More and more
veterinarians recommend feeding your dog with raw dog food. They feel that this is the best choice and is the
healthiest food for your dog. After all, you've never seen your dog enjoy commercial dog food the way he enjoys
a good meaty bone.
Raw food advocates concede the diet costs more than
traditional dog food, but they argue it's worth it. You may find that locating free natural home-made dog food
recipes is not easy. Try making a mixture of ground turkey, rice and carrot as your own dog food. Your dog will
thank you for it.
If you decide to go the commercial route, try and choose a
good premium dog food since it contains more energy and protein than an economy brand. Unfortunately, not all
dog food brands contain high quality and natural ingredients, so always check the label. It is best if you seek
advice from your veterinarian before deciding on which dog food to feed your dog or puppy. He will know your
dog’s dietary needs and you will find that veterinary offices and feed stores often carry excellent and natural
All-Natural Dog Food
Many natural dog foods contain only fresh, natural and
wholesome ingredients for your dog. Not only are the protein ingredients digestible, but the carbohydrates in
the dog food are digestible. Natural dog food has 100% nutritional value which is important for healthy strong
dogs. Chicken, egg and fish are examples of protein that is provided in natural dog food. There are also
ingredients in natural dog food that really help the health of your dog’s skin and also your dog’s coat. One of
the main draw backs of natural dog food is that it has a shorter shelf life and may spoil before it is
Dried Dog Food
A good high quality dry dog food will work out to be more
economical than the generic brands even though they cost more per pound. A vast majority of dog owners go for
dry dog food for its convenience and ease of storage. The cheaper dry dog foods are made from soybean, corn or
rice, while many premium dry dog foods are made with all-natural, human-grade ingredients.
Vegetarian dog foods
There are dog foods specially formulated for dogs that are
allergic to wheat, corn, and/or chicken. There are also vegetarian dog foods marketed to owners who do not want
their dogs to consume meat products. Most vegetarian dog foods use soy as a protein source. If your dog has
allergies consult your vet before putting him on a specialized diet.
Overall, it's usually best to let dogs enjoy dog food and not
our food, even though they may prefer what we're eating! Of course, you can feed your dog treats from time to