Choosing Nutritious Dog Food
Advice and tips on finding the best healthy dog food for your
dog begging behavior and
natural dog treats
you love your dog and youíre concerned about his health, choosing
nutritious dog food for your pet can be tough.
housebreaking, selecting a dog food is the number one concern for
new pet owners.
With dog food recalls and
unclear ingredients, it can sometimes be difficult to select dog
food. But donít worry, choosing the
best healthy dog food for your pooch doesnít have to be so
Read on for our advice on getting nutritious dog
food for your dog.
Choosing the healthiest dog food for your pet
When you give your dog the best
healthy dog food, you will get the best performance from your dog.
For example, when you feed your dog a diet high in protein and
vitamins youíll see that he is leaner, has a better looking coat,
looks younger and has more energy.
To select nutritious dog food,
the most important things to look at are ingredients. What is in
the food? Do you see simple ingredients like fish, chicken and
sweet potatoes or are the ingredients mostly chemicals that you
canít pronounce? Stick with ingredients that are simple and
wholesome. Also look for foods with the main protein (like chicken)
as the first ingredient.
There are lots of great brands
of natural dog foods that contain no by products or fillers. Old
Mother Hubbard, Purina Pro Plan, California Gold and Raw Food Diets
are some of the best dog foods available. Our absolute favorite is
Wellness dog food because the performance is amazing, the
ingredients are wholesome, the price is reasonable and it is
manufactured and packaged in the USA and Canada.
By Products and Fillers
food is not as stringently regulated as human food is. So,
manufacturers can use lower quality or leftover parts and materials
from human food in dog food. By products are these leftovers and
consist of things like bones, chicken beaks, feet and any other
animal parts that are unsuitable for human food. Fillers are things
like wheat or flour.
As a general rule, by products
and fillers are not a part of nutritious dog food. They are unnecessary
ingredients that are providing no nutritional value for your dogís
diet. Whatís worse is that they may harm your dogís overall
health. If itís not good enough for you to eat, why would you give
it to your best friend?
Also consider where your dog
food comes from. If the food and itís ingredients are human grade
and made in the USA, itís easier to trust that the ingredients are
not contaminated. The dog food scare with wheat gluten from China
brought this particular element to light. Keep in mind that other
countries may have different regulations concerning dog food
ingredients and processing.
Changing Dog Food the Easy Way
What should you do if you want
to change the way your dog is eating in favor of a more nutritious
dog food? Well, in order to alter your dogís diet without giving
him diarrhea or stomach upset, you need to do it gradually.
The best way to switch your dog
over to a new dog food is to add in the new dog food in fourths.
For example, on the first day use ĺ of your old dog food mixed with
ľ of the new food. On the second day, use half of each dog food,
then ĺ of the new dog food until you are feeding your dog entirely
from the new healthier dog food that youíve purchased.
Feeding Your Dog People Food
Giving your dog scraps from the
table is never a great idea. Human food is often much too rich for
dogs and when they eat it dogs can get stomach upset, diarrhea,
vomiting or possibly more serious health problems. Feeding your
dog from the table also brings up the issue of begging behavior.
Begging may seem cute at first, but over time it will grow into an
annoying habit. Avoid the trouble and simply do not feed your dog
from the table in the first place.