Tips On Buying The Best Dog Food

When selecting the kind of dog food for your dog’s nourishment needs, you have to take into consideration several factors– your dog’s age, activity level, breed, and its health condition.

The nutritional needs of puppies differ from those of the older dogs. Knowing this, you need to see to it that your dog or puppy’s food intake is suffices for its proper nourishment in order for your dog to live a long and healthy life. Consult a veterinarian in order to be very sure on the type dog food to give your dog or puppy.

When selecting the kind of dog food for your dog’s nourishment needs, you have to take into consideration several factors– your dog’s age, activity level, breed, and its health condition.

The nutritional needs of puppies differ from those of the older dogs. Knowing this, you need to see to it that your dog or puppy’s food intake is suffices for its proper nourishment in order for your dog to live a long and healthy life. Consult a veterinarian in order to be very sure on the type dog food to give your dog or puppy.

Generally, there are two most popular options for dog foods:

Dry Dog Food

This is perhaps the most popular choice among dog owners. The convenience of feeding the dog with dry dog food plus the neatness left after the dog’s meal, makes dry dog food a popular choice. However, not all brands of dog food are made with high quality and natural ingredients. It is best to read the label of ingredients printed on the package before buying any brand of dry dog food.

Here are some tips to help you know what the label is actually telling you:

No Preservative, Artificial Colors and Flavors – Generally, dog food made with all natural ingredients contains no preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. Ingestion of these artificial substances can cause adverse effects to your dog’s health. Avoid those brands with labels such as “artificial flavor”.

Color – Watch out for the color of the dog food, usually, dog food that is made from natural ingredients come in neutral earth tones. The appearance of bright colors may mean that it contains some chemical additives.

Type of Meat – Avoid buying brands that marked “ingredients include meat by-product”. Select those that are made from natural meat such as lamb, chicken, or liver.

Raw Dog Food

According to veterinarians, giving raw dog food to your dog is the healthiest choice for your pet’s nourishment. Raw dog food definitely has natural and unprocessed ingredients. An ideal meal of raw dog food should normally contain 40% meat, 30% starch, and 30% fiber. Thus, when preparing this type of meal for your dog, include some source of vegetables and starch aside from the uncooked meats such as beef, liver, lamb, or poultry. Some vegetables such as broccoli and carrots are good sources of starch and fibers for your dog. Make sure that you consult your vet for the allowable types of fresh food, vegetables or fruits, as some fruits and vegetable elements may also be harmful to your dog.




 


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