Just as we humans need good nutrition to foster good health, vitality, and enhanced functioning of the body; your dog needs good nutrition as well.
Choosing the Right Dog Food
Choosing the right food for your dog isn’t a stroll in the park. There are so many options out there, and it may be difficult to pick out the right foods for your dog. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when selecting food for your dog, and they include:
- Check the content: The best dog foods should contain protein, fat, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins.
- Choose feed with great meat content: Dogs are carnivores by nature, and meat contains a lot of the required nutrients a dog needs.
- Type of food: There are different types of food you can give your dog, and you’d need to consider if you should feed it with dry food, wet food, or fresh food, or maybe you want to mix different varieties.
- Special nutritional needs: Dogs may have different needs when it comes to health problems or other impairments such as allergies, dental problems, or obesity.
- Age of your dog: From puppy, adult, or senior, there are special foods with different nutritional values that are adapted for each age category needs nutritionally.
- Allergies: If your dog is hypersensitive or even allergic to certain foods, it is important to review the content included in different foods.
Types of dog foods
Dog food is usually classified into four types. These types include:
- Dry food
Dry food is one of the most common forms of dog food, and it is sold in bags or cartons in anything from grocery stores to online or veterinary clinics. It is generally the cheapest form of feeding for dogs but can also contain a lot of unnecessary substances that the dog doesn’t need or can affect the dog adversely. The cheapest varieties can, for example, contain a lot of starch and carbohydrates, which can lead to obesity and problems with the digestive organs, and generally, dry food contains lower levels of both liquid and protein. A dog that mainly eats dry food needs extra water to drink, so you can add some water to the dry food if you are worried that the dog does not drink enough.
- Wet food
These are meat products cooked in connection with the preservation process and therefore contain higher amounts of protein and liquid. The most common type consists of some kind of jelly-like pâté or large pieces of sauce, and generally, this type of feed costs more than dry feed. The advantages of wet food, however, are that the dog gets more fluid, as well as avoiding many of the carbohydrates and starches that dry food contains.
- Fresh food
In recent years, frozen dog food that is sold in large packages has become increasingly popular. These can be pieces of meat, meatballs, and various pâtés. They also are considered more nutritious than both dry and wet food. This type of food is often raw and, thus, closer to the dog’s natural food. When it is frozen immediately, it retains its high nutritional values better than dry or wet food. The disadvantage of this type of dog food is that it costs more and requires a little planning, as you must first thaw the food before it is served. Many dog owners give their dogs a piece of this type of food as a reward, and it is easy to bring a frozen meatball on the walk that can become a small snack as soon as it has thawed.
You can make your dog’s food. To do this, you must know about the nutrients your dog needs and also serve it in the right proportions (not too much, not too little). It is advisable to get recommendations for the best dog foods from a trusted dog food dealer or a veterinary doctor.