Top 10 things to consider when choosing a quality dog food
It is common when I work with people and their dogs that one of their first questions is what should I feed my dog? My answer is always the same. Pay for a quality holistic dog food with limited fillings. That is the simplest answer, but there are many things that we must take into account when selecting a food for our beloved dog.
1. The first thing to look for is the amount of food that contains fillers. The typical filler for lower quality foods is corn. If grain is to be in food, it must be easily digested and offer some nutritional value. I feel that rice-based foods are always much better for the dog than corn. Whole grains are good in limited amounts. Less filler in dog food also means less waste coming out of your dog.
2. When you are shopping for dog food, it is easy to grab and go. However, just like food for people, the fresher the better. So remember to check the effective date before making your purchase.
3. Do some research. Every dog food company almost always has a support website. In some cases, dog food websites can be full of valuable information. The key is to seek common sense information, not a clever marketing pitch.
4. Make sure the food you buy has essential fatty acids. The best foods contain an Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio of at least 7 to 1. These essential fatty acids are important to your dog in many ways for his overall health, disease prevention, and a healthy coat for Fido.
5. Make sure dog food has a wide range of minerals for complete nutrition. As with essential fatty acids, the body does not produce minerals so they must be introduced into the diet. Again, the best food manufacturers understand the importance of trace elements in a dog’s diet in the right amounts.
6. If cost is a factor, then a high-quality meal is also better for your pocket. Higher quality food will satisfy your dogs appetite with much less food. Since there is more nutrition available, you don’t need to feed them as much and they will still have a much better diet.
7. Find a supplier in your area who is knowledgeable about the dog food they sell. Your vet is always a go-to source when it comes to your dogs diet, but local resources like a high-quality dog food store should still be considered. They can help you compare the brands they sell to find the best option for you.
8. You should also consider the exercise demands of your dog. If you have a hunting or working dog that burns a lot of calories, you may need a food with more protein so that it can maintain its weight and energy levels.
9. Check your dogs weight regularly. If your dog is addicted to television, you must ensure that he does not eat too much. A good, simple way to control your weight is to feel your rib cage. You should be able to feel your ribs, but not see them. Adjust your food intake as needed.
10. The most important factor in choosing the right food is taking your time and doing a little research. Seek the advice of your veterinarian and local dog food suppliers. This should help you head in the right direction.
Remember that high-quality dog food is one of the most important factors in keeping your dog healthy and fit in body and mind.