You need to consult your vet to decide on the right sort of dog food. Also, before kicking off a switch in your dog’s diet (according to his breed, digestive tract, and lifestyle), take an opinion from your dog’s vet.
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How to Pick a Good Dog Food
- Quality of the ingredients:- The guarantee label on the contents of dog food is a poor indicator of the food’s nutritional value. Although the contents list the essential ingredients and their amounts, the quality of an ingredient is also an important aspect. Low-quality ingredients may lack nutrients and are hard to digest. Smaller quantities of better-quality ingredients provide better overall nutrition. Here is a good website for dog food; petcarerx.com.
- Calories:- Puppies should receive a good quality commercial “growth food which will contain high levels of calories and minerals than found in adult diets.
- Meat content: The protein quality in dog food is more important than the source. A high-quality plant protein is a better source of nutrition than a low-quality meat source.
- Consistency of ingredients: – In general, the best food is made with consistent, high-grade ingredients by renowned companies with strong research programs to back up the food recipe.
AAFCO (Association of American Feeding Control Officials) and Animal Feeding Trials on its label:-
To certify and ensure that the dog feed meets the basic nutritional requirements of a normal dog. You can check out dfwdogquest.com for dog food reviews.
- Palatability and appeal to dogs:- There is no nutritional reason to change food if it is balanced and of good quality. Most dogs seem happy on a consistent diet, but a few may need variety to maintain a normal appetite. If your pooh is one of these, make sure you change the food gradually, mixing the new food with the old one. Dogs may experience indigestion and vomiting if their diet changes too quickly.
- Cost: To decide if a diet suits your budget, consider the cost of feeding per day and not just at what price to feed. Foods with higher quality are better for digestion, so feeding them less can be beneficial.
- Balanced nutrition:- Pick food that provides all nutrients to your dog, including water, protein (essential amino acids and nitrogen), essential fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins.
There are several factors regarding your dog that you need to take into account while buying its dog food:
- His age: Your pet’s nutritional needs will change with age. Puppies should receive a good quality commercial “growth’ food that will contain higher levels of protein, calories, and minerals than are found in adult diets.
- His breed:- An Alsatian will have a different dietary requirement than a poodle. Small dogs may find it difficult to chew and digest certain sizes and shape food. If you have two different pet breeds at home, their diets will differ.
- His activity levels:- If your dog is primarily the outdoor sort, constantly running, digging, jumping, then his dog food must be full of protein and carbohydrates. Alternatively, if he spends most of his time on the couch or on the floor, then the best dog food would be low in fat and calories.
- His preferences: Those dogs and puppies who suffer from digestion problems could better digest a meal containing rice and lamb rather than chicken and wheat.