When it comes to feeding your pup, how do know what is the best diet? Your veterinarian might give advice on the best kind of kibble and dog food available but what if it isn’t working for your dog? Should you use wet food or dry dog food? What if your dog needs something more natural and your vet is unknowingly suggesting something that’s too harsh for its tummy? This is a more common problem than you think. You can try making homemade dog food but if you’re too busy, that might not be an option. Many pups have food sensitivities that you might not know about until your vet does an allergy test. Or, maybe you did your own trial and error and figured out what ingredients your dog can’t have. We’re going to give you some dog feeding tips and a general guideline as to what you should be looking for and what you should be avoided.
all dog foods nutritionally balanced?
Dog nutrition is important. That’s why every kibble or canned dog food you see on the grocery store shelf claims to be nutritionally balanced. This is usually because they threw in some extra vitamins and minerals and decided that this cancels out all of the non-nutritious filler ingredients that they stuffed into their kibble. When you’re grocery shopping and see a product labeled “completely nutritionally balanced”, don’t assume that it’s great for your dog without checking the ingredients list. One quick look can show you if the kibble is nothing but protein by-products with some fillers and vitamins thrown in.
should I look for in a dog food?
for any type of dog food, whether it’s kibble or wet food, here are some
general rules of what you should be looking for:
- All of the ingredients in your pup’s dog food should have a
purpose and none of them should be fillers.
- Your dog’s food should have at least one pure protein in it and
that protein should be the number one ingredient.
- It’s a good idea to have a
protein meal as an accompanying ingredient. A single fresh protein is actually not enough. Pure proteins
contain a lot of water whereas protein meals do not. They contain as much as 65% protein
even if they are less nutritious overall.
- Fruits and vegetables are essential in any high-quality,
well-balanced dog food because they contain the essential nutrients your pup needs. Full
fruits and vegetables contain a ton of vitamins and antioxidants and are a must
on any dog food’s ingredients list.
- Depending on
whether or not your pup has a grain allergy, grains
are important for your dog’s health. They
contain a ton of nutrients and are beneficial to your pup’s skin and hair as
well as the maintenance of a healthy immune system.
- Take a look at the best-buy date. If your pup’s food has
a best-buy date of two years from now, chances
are it’s packed full of preservatives. Look for a best-buy date that is less than a year away.
- Look for a food that’s made locally so you can be sure that your
pup’s food is fresh and has less chance of being contaminated in its travels.
- Look for listed human-grade ingredients. This means
that your pup is getting no less than what we’d feed ourselves, which should be
fresh, top of the line ingredients.
I be avoiding in dog food?
away from any type of food that includes names of
ingredients that you can’t pronounce or you don’t understand.
- Avoid any kind of protein followed by the word “meal” at the top
of the ingredient list. Lower down the list is okay but a protein meal should not be one of
the main ingredients.
go for artificial colors or flavors. There is no need
for artificial colors or flavors in your pup’s food. They enjoy the taste of
real food and do not need artificial anything,
it just lessens the nutritional value. Food
dyes are completely unnecessary as well and
have no nutritional value. Why would your pup
care what color their food is?
- Avoid preservatives that aren’t natural. There are preservatives
used in dog food that are natural, including
Vitamins E and C and rosemary extract.
away from added artificial sweeteners. They
are completely unnecessary. While this may help lure
picky eaters, they have very little, if any, nutritional value. Besides, there are plenty of natural sweeteners that can be used for
picky eaters that are just as effective.
- Avoid generic sources. A phrase such as “animal fat” on the
ingredients list can be a little frightening as you have no idea where it’s
coming from. If the ingredients list does include extra fat, make sure that
it’s specifically labeled as to which animal it’s coming from (e.g. chicken
- By-products are also something you want to avoid. Look for
phrases like “meat by-products” and “poultry by-products”. Chances are these
ingredients have not been stored carefully may be contaminated or not handled properly.
- Additional ingredients to avoid are corn and wheat gluten, BHA,
BHT, PG, ethoxyquin.
When it comes to our dogs’ diets, we really need to put in as much thought and care as we put into our own food. Yes, this may sound a bit ridiculous to some people but our pups are living things who we love and are responsible for caring for. When we give our pups a diet of nothing but kibble that lacks complete nutrition, they may develop health problems early in life. Give your dog the best diet and the best CBD dog treats you can possibly give them and you will be rewarded with a long and happy life for your pup. Ensure they get enough dog exercise too!