Ingredients to Look for in Your Dog’s Food
Feeding your dog a high-quality, well-balanced diet is one of the best things pet owners can do to keep their dogs healthy. A wholesome diet will keep your dog’s coat and hair sleek and shiny, stimulate the immune system, and keep the digestive system in optimal health. When it comes to choosing a healthy dog food, the options seem endless, so where do you start?
What is in dog food
When an item is listed on the ingredient label, the dog food must contain at least 95 percent of it. Likewise, combinations have to make up at least 95 percent of the meal. For instance, if the dog food claims it is made entirely of chicken, then chicken should comprise up to 95 percent of the dog food. Phrases such as entrée, platter, or dinner indicate the dog food must contain 25 percent or more of the ingredient. If the name says the food is made with a particular ingredient, such as made with bacon, only three percent of that ingredient is required in the dog food. Products advertising particular flavors only have to contain a detectable quantity of that element.
What about grains and glutens
Some of the controversies surrounding commercial dog foods include the use of glutens and grains. Grains are added to many dog foods as inexpensive fillers. Some pet parents prefer to avoid grains in their dog’s food altogether. While avoiding grains for dogs allergic to them is a valid decision, allergies to other ingredients, such as meat, are more prevalent than to grains. Because gluten allergies are common in people, a lot of pet owners select gluten-free dog food for their pets thinking that the same is true for their dogs. However, gluten allergies are rare in dogs.
What are by-products
When animals are butchered for food production, the lean muscle is reserved for human consumption. The leftover carcass, such as beaks, blood, organs, bones, and more, commonly referred to as by-products, are used in many commercial dog food products. Specifically, many by-products are the brain, spleen, kidneys, lungs, stomachs, and intestines. This is a cheap alternative for dog food manufacturers to keep production costs low and protein levels high.
Different breeds require different needs
Genetics, age, life style, and reproductive status all play a role in what kind of food your dog should eat. Because all breeds vary, and depending on what type of dog you own will also determine which food is best.
What brand of food is the best
Diet and nutrition is probably one of the most important decisions you will make for your pet because it affects their long-term health, immune system, vital organs, condition of their teeth, coat and even affects their lifespan, so educate yourself and choose wisely. We talk to families everyday who believe they are giving their pet one of "the best brands" of dog or puppy food but in reality the brand they chose is nationally rated as a 1 or 2 star low quality food and they are shocked when they find this out. Most people aren't "pet nutritionists" and don't know what to look for in their pets ingredients. Let's face it, there are a lot of brands to choose from which can be overwhelming and stressful. Here are some links that can help... .