In a perfect world, all dog food would be equal. Rather, dog owners are given a mind-boggling amount of alternatives, all professing to be the best dog food available on the market. Going through these decisions to discover a dog food brand that is healthy, reasonable and appealing to your pet is frequently disappointing. We’ve compiled expert advice to assist you in narrowing down your choices.
What Makes A Dog Food “Viable”?
The vast majority of people feed their dogs dry kibble or wet canned food. These kinds of food may not seem viable to us but they contain the right amount of vitamins and minerals which dogs need to stay healthy. Commercial dog food brands provide a product which is highly tested and regulated by veterinary specialists. So what exactly is in these foods?
Dogs, unlike cats, are not meticulous carnivores. While meat makes up most of their eating regimen, domestic dogs can also obtain nutrients from fruits, grains and vegetables. These non-meat foods are not simply fillers but also can be a vital source of important vitamins and minerals. A good dog food will contain all of these essential ingredients. But only the best dog foods will contain all of these supplements that are crucial for the well-being of your dog.
The best dog food for your canine friend should meet their wholesome needs. While most commercial dog food brands formulate their products with at least the minimum nutritional requirements that dogs require, it is vital to remember that not all dogs require the same type/amount of food to maintain good health.
Dogs require a plethora of supplements over the course of their lives. The nutritional needs of a puppy will vary from those of an adult dog, which is why it is wise to feed a puppy “all life stages” product. If you have any doubts about what these requirements are, along with the recommended amount by weight and age, the Merck Veterinary Manual is equipped with all the answers to your questions. Large breed dogs have different nutritional requirements as compared to small breed dogs or puppies.
Myths and Misinformation
There are a lot of inaccurate pieces of information about dog food on the Internet.
You can avoid these by following one simple rule of action: CHECK YOUR SOURCES.
Any trusted person can lead you towards a certain product without backing it up with scientific evidence. Even if you end up believing them, always keep in mind to look it up on trusted websites on the internet or talking to a veterinarian. It never hurts to be skeptical either, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Dog Food Labels and How To Read Them
One of the easiest ways of distinguishing between good dog food and bad dog food is by reading the labels. Doing this can be a little frustrating because of the small print as well as holding a giant bag of food in the store! Every product has to be labelled as stated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to inform you about the eight key pieces of information:-
- Product name
- Net weight of the product
- Name and address of the manufacturer
- Guaranteed analysis
- List of ingredients
- Intended animal species (i.e. dog or cat)
- Statement of nutritional adequacy
- Feeding guidelines
Just by reading the product name you can figure out what’s inside the bag or can. The term “beef” implies that beef makes up 70% of the product. Whereas terms such as “beef platter”, “beef dinner” or “beef entrée” suggest that beef makes up at least 10% of the entire product. “With beef” means that only 3% of the product is beef, and “beef flavour” implies that only the amount required to make it taste like beef (less than 3%) is in the product. Same goes for other ingredients such as “chicken”.
The ingredient list on dog foods will not tell you about the quality of the ingredients or where they originate from; some manufacturers also split the ingredients to make the distribution more equal. For example, various types of corn- flakes, ground or kibbled- could be listed separately. Due to this, corn goes down in the list even though the product may contain a significant amount of corn. Meat is another tricky ingredient. Whole meat contains a high amount of water weight, which implies that the overall percentage of meat in the product after processing is less than what it should be. Meat meal, on the other hand, speaks less to individuals, however it contains more meat than whole meats, as there is no water weight to get the calculation wrong.
Best Foods for Small or Large Dogs
As you may expect, small breed dogs have different nutritional needs as those compared to a large breed dog. Large breed dogs are more prone to musculoskeletal problems than small breed dogs, hence they need different amounts of supplements to promote musculoskeletal health, especially as puppies. Small breed dogs on the other hand, can choke on large sized kibble and have their own health prerequisites. Research about your dog’s breed to know more about whether you should be concerned about anything else healthwise.
How Much Should I Feed My Dog
Dog Obesity is a major growing concern in the veterinary community and has been connected to numerous medical issues in dogs. Fortunately for our dogs, we are more concerned about their eating habits and regimen than our own. Knowing how much to feed your dog and what a healthy weight for a dog should be can be really tricky. Numerous dog owners overfeed their dogs on a day to day basis, which is why it is important to go to the vet for regular checkups and discuss about a suitable diet for your dog. Activity level, nursing, ailments, seasons etc. can all impact how much food a dog needs to consume. People who own dogs often say that “you should the dog whatever is in front of you,” which makes absolutely no sense. You should always adhere to the guidelines given by the vet when it comes to food sizing. (treats can always be given for being a good boy/girl)
Choosing What’s The Best Food
The decision of choosing what’s the best food for your dog eventually comes down to you. As a dog parent, you are the one who sees your dog everyday. If your dog produces firm, healthy stool and is fit and dynamic, then your dog is absolutely healthy and dandy. Your veterinary expert is an asset to you when it comes to this. They always know more about dog nourishment than the average person. Your vet can help you with narrowing down alternatives and help you come down to a concrete decision.
We hope that your dog stays healthy and lives a long and prosperous life.
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