In this post, we discuss some of the ways you can choose the best food for your dog to help you sort through all the choices and keep them healthy.
When you go shopping for food for your dog, there are just so many choices.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re at a pet store, superstore or convenience store, there are just so many brands and types of dog food.
With all the choices, how do you choose the best food for your dog?
What makes a “good” dog food?
Good dog food will contain a high-quality mixture of meat, fruits, vegetables, and grains. It will have also undergone testing by dog specialists to ensure it’s quality and healthfulness.
It seems like almost every dog food brand will claim that theirs is “the best” or the “healthiest”.
But what actually makes “good” dog food, whether dry or wet, good for your dog?
It needs to have all the nutrients your dog needs to stay healthy. It should contain not only meat, but also grains, fruits, and vegetables.
Your dog needs not just meat and proteins but also the fiber, vitamins, and minerals in these non-meat foods.
Dog nutritional needs
The most basic requirement for choosing a food for your dog is to ensure it meets their nutritional needs.
Most of the commercial dog food brands you find in the store will meet a dog’s minimum nutritional requirements, at least for the average dog.
It is important to note that not every dog will have the same nutritional needs.
The needs of an adult dog and a puppy will be different. The nutritional needs of small breed dogs and large breed dogs will be different.
We suggest that you do your research, talk with your veterinarian and to not always believe everything you read or hear. There is a lot of misinformation out there, so make sure your source is credible.
One thing you should always check for is that the dog food states on the label that it is “formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.”
This is because the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has strict requirements to make sure that pet food products provide complete and balanced nutrition.
Ultimately, it will be up to you to ensure your dog is getting a healthy diet. We hope that you take your responsibility seriously. A healthy diet will benefit both you and your dog for years to come.