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paw print Choosing the Right Dog Food for Your Pet

Many pet owners’ view their dogs as members of their families and it’s important to them make sure all the pet’s needs are taken into consideration. One of these crucial needs is determining the right dog food for your pet.

Like humans, dogs need a certain amount of nutrients and minerals to live a healthy life. Choosing the right food depends on the dog’s age, health, activity level and breed. Here we will learn a bit more about dog food to help decide what the best option for your dog is. Please note that it’s always best to consult your veterinarian when changing your dogs diet.

Dry dog food usually consists of kibbles, which are small pieces of dry dog food. However, it’s important to be aware that not all brands of dog food use natural, high quality ingredients. Choose a dry dog food that doesn’t use any artificial flavors, coloring or preservatives, since these could be harmful to your pet. Also, stay away from any dog food using meat by products and instead pick one made from natural meat products such as liver, lamb and chicken.

Raw dog food is another option and one that is widely advocated since it uses unprocessed natural ingredients. If you decided to feed your dog raw dog food, you will have to include various starches and fibrous foods along with the meat products to achieve a balanced diet. This is easily done by adding different types of vegetables to your dog’s diet.

Just like dry dog food, canned dog food can contain artificial flavors, preservatives and other harmful chemicals. It’s important to always read the ingredients listed on the label and choose a canned dog food that only uses natural ingredients.

Another great option and one that most people probably don’t think about, is making your own homemade dog food. There are many websites out there that are dedicated to homemade dog food that also provide recipes for you to try at home. This is the best way to control what your dog is eating, especially if you are concerned with what’s really going into commercial dog food.

Experimenting with different types and flavors of dog food is okay. You want to find one that will not only satisfy the nutritional needs of your pet, but also one that your dog will actually like. It’s important to keep in mind that that some dogs suffer from allergies that can be triggered by their food, so always watch for signs of food allergies when trying new dog foods.

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