Every day, we see another commercial touting the benefits of healthy eating. Some of us take that advice, while others continue to eat whatever we want in large quantities. Regardless of how we treat our own bodies, it is important that we treat our dog’s body right.
Just like eating healthy fruits, vegetables, and protein is healthy for you there are foods that are healthy for your dog to eat. The trouble is that there is literally a wall of choices at our local supermarket! This gives us a chance to provide the exact right nutrition for our pets, but it is often hard to decide what that exact right nutrition is.
You have to choose between store and nationwide brands and different ingredients, including those that claim to be scientifically formulated. It is no wonder some of us have no idea what to feed our dogs. There are many things you should think about when you are choosing the right food for your dog.
One thing you need to think about is your dog’s health. If they have a particular medical problem the vet will probably have given you a list of suitable food for the dog. If they did not, you’ll either need to meet with the vet again, or do a little digging on your own.
A diabetic dog will need food that is low in glucose. Dogs with allergies need foods that contain ingredients they don’t have a reaction to. The best thing you can do is seek your vet’s advice so that you don’t end up choosing the wrong food.
Another factor you should think about is your dog’s age. Just like older people need to watch their diet more closely, older dogs need a specialized diet as well. Bone health may be an issue at an older age. There is pet food specially formulated for each stage in your dog’s life.
The size of your dog is another factor. If you have a tiny woman compared to a very large man, it is likely that they will have different eating habits. The same goes for dogs. Be sure you are providing enough of the right type of food for your dog’s size.
It is also important to take into account the activity level of your dog. It is not healthy for a dog to be overweight, so you must take that into consideration. A dog who lays around all day will not need as much food as a dog who runs and plays and never settles down.
You are probably very aware that dog food can be expensive. Your budget is certainly one issue to take into account. Unfortunately, it is often the case that you get what you pay for in the world of dog food. Generic and store brand foods may not be as good quality as the foods of nationwide brands.
Generic and cheap dog foods may contain a lot of filler and are not made with top of the line ingredients. There is usually a middle ground of high quality and low quality dog foods, but it can be tricky to find it. One thing you might want to consider is clipping coupons and looking out for weekly sales in order to stock up on the dog food you know is safe and full of good things to eat.
Choosing the right dog food can be a difficult task. Regardless of how much research you do, it is always best to get the advice of your vet.