If you don’t take into account all of the above, you can be setting your dog up for a major crash that you could surely avoid by being smart and attentive to your dog’s needs.
Too many dog owners care little about the foods they supply. They buy the cheaper brands, which have little nutrition. They feed their dog table scraps, which are poisonous to their dogs and they just don’t seem to care, either.
When your dog is fed all of these substandard foods, they are set up for all kinds of sickness. Your dog can become lethargic and lack energy. They can be listless and stop being frisky.
You might think your dog is tired, so resting more when in fact your dog could be sick. It is so important that you feed your dog right if you want your dog to be healthy.
The size of your dog will determine greatly the amount of food that you should feed him. For proper feeding regulations the bag will list approximate amounts, however if you are an experienced dog owner you will find that these recommended portions are not always appropriate for your specific dog.
The label on the bag is just a guide, a little more, or a little less will not hurt based on your opinion. Trust your judgment when reading the label and do what you decide is best.
Your dog will have individual needs. No two dogs are exactly the same. Certain breeds of dog have specific nutritional requirements that must be met in their diet for them to live an optimum lifestyle. Knowing this, dog food manufacturers have started to produce breed specific dog foods.
Royal Canin is the leader in this regard and have a great line of breed specific dog and cat food products on the market. A high energy dog will need a high energy diet.
Calorie rich food will benefit a dog that is highly active, for example a working dog, needs a high calorie diet, due to their active days assisting their masters to perform important daily tasks.
Choosing a dog food according to your dog’s stage of life is very important to your dog’s health. Your dog’s nutritional needs will vary depending on his stage of life and depending on your dog’s size. Puppies need a high protein, high calorie diet.
Adults need a balanced blend of all of the necessary elements, and senior dogs have specific food products with extra additives to take care of their special needs some of which being but not limited to joint maintenance, immune boosters, and ostio strengthening.
Regardless of what your dog’s special needs are there is a dog food that fits. Your job is to find it!
Which To Buy:
With such a large number of different types of dog foods out there, which dog food should I buy to ensure my pet’s good health? It is a responsible dog owner’s job to select a balanced and nutritious dog food for your dog.
The simplest way to make a good determination on which dog food is best, read the label through and through. Don’t just glance at it, be sure to read each and every item.
The label on a bag of dog food will list the ingredients from greatest weight to least. This is important to know because you will learn what components are present in the food in their specific amounts.
1.If the first ingredient is whole meat of any kind, don’t accept it as this measurement is taken before the meat is rendered.
2.Animal by-products present in dog food indicate a cheap low quality alternative.
3.Read the moisture level, if it is anything over 11, this indicates that the dry matter basis is of a low quality.
4.Things to look for: If Whole meat is not the first ingredient and Chicken or beef Meal is, this is good. This tells you that the amount of meat protein is a lot higher than it would be with whole meat as the listed first ingredient.
5.Premier dog foods don’t contain any animal by-product. This is good.
6.Premier dog foods will usually contain less or equal to 10% mois- ture. This is ideal.
Chicken meal is simply chicken that has been baked to remove bacteria and other toxins. Chicken is simply pure chicken.
Chicken is made up mostly of water. If a label on a bag of dog food says 60% whole chicken that is quite misleading as that does not take into account how much of that 60% of chicken is left after baking it to remove unwanted substances! So beware!
When the label on the bag says 60% of chicken meal, you’re getting more of the chicken because the product has already been baked to remove unwanted affects such as bacteria.
Dog food will come in so many different ways, shapes and sizes so being aware of what ingredients are used to provide your pet with proper nutrition is the only way to go.
Keep in mind that if your dog is not eating healthy, or if your choice of dog food does not carry the prescribed, needed ingredients, your dog will not be able to maintain proper health and can become sick.
A sick dog will not be playful, will be lethargic and will generally portray poor behavior. When a dog is receiving proper nutrition their coat is shiny and thick and they are happy.
You might feel happy about spending less on your dog, think you are getting a good deal but if it is not the proper nutrition, both your pet and you will pay for it in the end. Select the good, nutritious dog food and have a healthy, happy pet.