As the pet industry becomes larger, so do the pet owner’s choices in dog food. So, how do you know if the dog food you choose is right for your pet?
If you are like most dog owners, your goal is to keep your pet healthy while satisfying his appetite. But just like no two dogs are the same, there is no such thing as an ideal canine diet. Instead, owners should look take a studied look at their pets. Things such as species, activity level, age, and whether the dog is undergoing any physiological changes such as growth, pregnancy, or nursing should all be considered when deciding upon dog food.
However, there are some basic rules of thumb. First of all, pick a high-quality dog food that is rich in nutrients, including energy, protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and water. Pay particular attention to the protein ratio. Typically, dog food with a 20 to 30 percent protein content is ideal.
To ensure your dog’s health, choose a dog food that is easily digestible. A combination of wet and dry dog food will promote healthy teeth and gums. And while it is difficult to turn down a cute and hungry dog, be wary of overfeeding. Overfeeding can lead to obesity, which can cause a number of health problems in your dog. How do you know if you’ve been overfeeding your dog? Just try to feel his ribs. If you can’t feel them, it’s time to cut back a bit!
If your dog has special health or dietary issues you will want to make sure that the dog food meets your pet’s special needs. Check with your veterinarian if you have questions. Or look online for pet retailers who carry dog food. Many of their sites contain excellent articles and other information that can help you choose the right dog food for your pet.
High-Quality Pet Food Popular with Owners
One of today’s popular trends is an increase in high-quality pet foods. As pets replace children and dogs become a part of the family, people who pamper their pooches tend to do so at mealtime as well. Just about every major brand of dog food is coming out with a high-end line, and there are also many smaller companies devoted to the manufacture of high-end, fresh, and healthy dog food. These meals are not only nutritionally balanced, they are delicious and nice to look at. Some dog foods are incorporating human-grade ingredients such as pasta, rice, vegetables, tuna fish, and peanut butter. Others are all-natural or organic.
Even the packaging on high-end dog food is different. Pouring dry kibble out of the bag just won’t do anymore! Many high-end dog foods are now packaged in see-through deli containers. These are attractive but also functional. Owners of small dogs who can’t eat the entire 10 oz. portion at once can reseal the container to keep the contents fresh.