It's pretty confusing these days, isn't it? Every company claims that they have the best dog food. But do they really? And then there are the recalls that have affected so many people and their pets.
So. . . how do you really know if what you're feeding your dog is actually good for them or not? Here are 6 tips to help you in choosing the best dog food for your faithful friend.
1. Choose a food that is very high quality and all natural. Find one that is formulated, and tested according to nutritional profiles of AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) for ALL stages of life, both puppy and adult. Bottom line, do your due diligence and get the facts.
2. Look for a food that contains NO chemical preservatives. Feeding food with harsh chemicals in it could cause health concerns for you dog as it ages. Be sure and stay away from BHA, BHT and ethoxoquin.
3. Stay away from corn, wheat, glutens, dairy or soy. Even if the label says “natural", read the ingredient list first before you purchase!! Corn and wheat especially, have been associated with allergies in dogs.
4. Always make sure there is plenty of quality protein listed in the first 5 or so ingredients. Chicken meal or catfish meal is a very good choice because the water has been removed and the protein is more concentrated.
5. NO by-products! I'll say it again. . . No by-products. By products are the “leftovers" after the choicest meat has been removed. If a food has by products listed in its ingredients, stay away from it! Companies are allowed to add all kinds of inferior by products including chicken feet, chicken heads, intestines. . . you get the picture! You wouldn't eat it so why would you feed it to your dog?
6. Finally, in choosing the best dog food, find one that has vitamins, minerals, probiotics and antioxidants in it. Good nutrition is essential to a healthy life. Adding a good nutritional supplement in addition to their food is also a wise idea.
Did you know that dogs fed a high quality dog food live on average 5 or more years longer than dogs fed lesser-quality food?
Candice is a freelance writer and dog lover who has been in the health and wellness field for the past 11 years. Get a FREE sample of what she feeds her dog Elly, at http://EllysFood.info