In search for the right dog food. (1)
Have you ever wondered about where to start when looking for dog food? There are so many choices, and who's to say, which one has healthy ingredients for the right price? In my search to find out, I found some interesting facts that I will share with you.
The first thing we need to understand is that there is no one dog food that is the best or one size fits all. Dogs are individuals like us and different dogs have different needs. Just like humans who eat junk food for years and live to a ripe old age and on the other end of the spectrum, there are those who take one trip through the fast-food line and become deathly ill. There are dogs that eat the cheapest dog food all their lives and live to be 15 years old. Then there are others that eat the highest quality foods and have health problems all their life.
According to Nancy Kerns, "The beginning to finding the right dog food begins with finding out what is in the food your dog is presently eating so that you can make a good comparison when you go shopping."
One of the first steps is to take a picture of or write down the ingredients and the "guaranteed analysis" which refers to how much protein, fat, etc. is in the food.
Next, you need to make sure you know what's in your dog's food. It may be healthy but your pet could be allergic to that ingredient. Also, manufacturers change the formula from time to time, based on ingredient availability and cost.
The third thing to watch for is your pet's weight. If Fido is overweight or heading in that direction, don't get dog food with more fat then they are eating now. In the same respect, if your dog is thin or underweight, consider dog foods with more fat then they are eating now. If your dog is at an ideal weight, look for foods with the same amount of fat and protein that is in their food now.
Another consideration is if your dog has any health problems? These can range from loose stools to ear infections or anything in between. If this is the case, look for foods with different protein and carbohydrate sources that are present in the food that causes these reactions.