Nutritious Dog Diet - Tips to Choosing Nutritious Dog Food For Your Pet
Of course you want your pet on a nutritious dog diet, but finding a good food
for your dog can be a real trick. While every dog food claims to offer one
hundred percent complete nutrition, this marketing lingo doesn't necessarily
mean all of them are good for your dog. In fact, all it does is tell you that
there are certain percentages of fiber, fat, protein, and moisture in a
nutritional analysis, as well as a certain number of added minerals and
vitamins. Any food you feed your dog should at least have this labeling, but
that's not all there is to dog food nutrition. To decide whether a given food is
really good for your dog, you'll need to read the label.
Take a look at the price of any food you're considering. While it's entirely
possible to find affordable dog food that's nutritionally complete, extremely
cheap brands probably aren't. That's because it's not possible to produce a good
food for an extremely low price. These brands are probably using lots of cheap
fillers to extend the food, making it a lower value for you and for your dog.
Good dog food nutrition doesn't have to break your budget, but it will cost you
After you've ruled out the cheapest foods, it's time to take a look at the
ingredients. Many foods contain a lot of grain protein, based on ingredients
like corn, soy, and wheat. These cheap proteins aren't what's best for your dog,
and have been linked to health problems. While a certain amount of grain content
is to be expected, grains and legumes should never be the first ingredient in
your dog's food. When you do see grains on the label, they should be in the form
of barley, rice, or others. Some hypoallergenic foods also include potatoes.
While dogs can eat a certain amount of vegetable based foods, they're naturally
meat eaters. That means that the bulk of their food should come from animal
sources. However, there are cheap fillers used here, too. Avoid any food that
won't name the specific type of meat used. Choose chicken and turkey over labels
that merely claim to contain poultry, and beef and lamb over labels that boast
"meat" as an ingredient. Also, look for whole meats over broths, meals, and by
products. These latter ingredients are cheap fillers, and aren't suitable if
you're interested in proper dog food nutrition.
Owners who want the best for their dogs should learn all they can about a
nutritious dog diet and dog food nutrition. Look closely at labels and decide
for yourself whether a food offers your dog all he or she needs to live well.
You might be surprised at how little nutrition is really in some brands of dog
food. Shop smart, and get a food that will help your dog stay healthy and live
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