Dog Food

Picking the Best Dog Food

dog foodIt is crucial that you choose the right type of dog food, whether you have an old dog or a puppy. The nutrition in dog food will have a direct effect on every single part of their life. It affects how they grow, how healthy they will be, how they will behave, and how they look. Every thing about your dog is in some way related to how nourished they are. If you do it right, you'll ensure that they have a very happy life!

In the past, commerical dog food makers have gotten in a lot of trouble for not making their food wholesome enough. Now, dog owners know how important it is for our pets to get the nutrients that they need so making the right choice is crucial. So what do you look for when you are shopping for food? What will help your dog to live a long, healthy, and happy life?

There are plenty of choices. You can go with healthy, raw, premium, or natural dog food. You will see types like organic, human grade, lite, and holistic dog food. They're all supposedly the miracle type that will give your dog super powers and make them smart enough to understand Calculus. Unfortunately, all those choices just confuse well meaning dog owners like you and me.

A lot of people just give up and grab the cheapest dog food they can find!

The sad truth is that a lot of the available dog foods out there are just not that great for the health of your dogs. They're not going to actually hurt your dog, but they aren't providing them with the nutrients and vitamins that they need to stay healthy. So in reality, you will just be keeping your dog alive rather than helping them to thrive.

A lot of work has gone into determining what the best dog food is. Studies have been done to find which will help improve your dog's longevity and health. This is great for you, as you won't have to spend all your time and money testing the differnet options yourself.

The Effects of an Unhealthy Diet

If our dogs are exposed to unhealthy diets, their immune system will be greatly weakened. This will allow for problems like:
Don't risk exposing your dog to all these horrible problems. Give them what they need!

When you do give your dogs the nutrition they need, you can expect them to live much longer. You can expect their bones to be stronger, and they will have plenty of energy. You won't have to worry about nearly as many behavior problems, and you will spend a lot less time and money at the vet!

So What Foods Should Our Dogs Eat?

There are so many different options when it comes to food as we discussed earlier, but they essentially fall into three main categories. This includes commercial dog food, homemade dog food, and raw dog food. Everything that you can feed your dog falls into one of these categories, so it will make choosing a lot easier.

Natural Dog Food - This is the commercial kind that you see in all the stores. It can come in all kinds of different forms, like wet, which comes in a can, or dry, which comes in the bags. The companies that make these types are very well known, like Iams and Pedigree. Can you get good food for your dog in this category? Yes, but it is not the best option.

Homemade Dog Food - Most people will never consider making food for their dogs because they don't have the time or knowledge to do so. It can be a good choice, but you have to be very careful that you are including everything your dogs need. If you don't do it right, you would be better sticking with the commercial types.

Raw Dog Food - Technically, this should fall under the commercial category, but it growing enough to be a type of its own. You get things like bones and raw dog food that you put together yourself. It's a good combination of the homemade and commercial because you don't have to worry so much about making a mistake.

Dog Nutrition - Understanding what you dog needs in terms of protein, nutrients, and fat is very important to their health, strength, and happiness. Most people are confused about the different needs and requirements but this article will break it down into an easy to understand format.


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