5 steps to choose the best food for your dog
Many of you join to discover the best prizes for your pets, because it is true that many of us take time to choose the best calming treats for dogs. The perfect food for our dog should be easy to digest, give him enough energy and provide him with a healthy coat. Sounds complicated? With these steps we can help you to better manage this complicated task.
STEP 1: TAKE INTO ACCOUNT YOUR DOG’S AGE, ACTIVITY, BREED AND REPRODUCTIVE STATUS
Your dog’s physical characteristics, behaviour and overall health are vital in choosing the most appropriate dog food. Puppies and nursing mothers require more calories per day, while older pets need far fewer. At the same time, breeds that are more active want more energy than other quiet dog breeds. Feeding the right amount to your dog will prevent health problems from obesity.
Some dog food brands have feeds that are formulated according to breed, but most only make a difference between large breeds vs. small breeds. The truth is that the importance is minimal; the important thing is that your dog feels comfortable with what he eats and, above all, safe.
STEP 2: READ THE “TITLE” OF YOUR DOG’S FOOD CAREFULLY
I’m sure you’ve read a lot of “chicken-flavored” or “meat-flavored” stuff. Well, often the amount of chicken/meat or other is negligible compared to the rest of the ingredients. In fact, sometimes it’s the minimum amount necessary for your dog to detect the taste, but not much more.
We recommend that what you read matches what your dog eats. Belcando, one of the leading pet food manufacturers in Europe, has a wide range of products that meet this requirement. One line that we include in our boxes is the Finest Selection pouches. Of chicken, beef, duck or lamb, combined with carefully cooked ingredients presented in individual packaging. Cold pressed thistle oil provides polyunsaturated essential fatty acids. In its composition you can find a juicy amount of animal protein, such as 64% of beef or chicken or 34% of duck.
STEP 3. LEARN TO READ THE INGREDIENTS WELL
When choosing a food for your dog, make sure the first ingredient is meat. Dogs are omnivorous, but only under certain circumstances (such as some allergies) can they be fed a vegetarian diet.
By ‘meat’ we mean any animal part that is muscular and even organs such as the heart, oesophagus, etc. What your dog’s food should not include is hair, horns or teeth.
In your search, make sure the first ingredient to appear is not a vegetable such as corn. Just because corn is highly digestible, it doesn’t mean it has high nutritional value. It contains very little protein and hardly any vitamins or minerals. The only reason many pet food manufacturers add corn in large quantities is because it’s quite cheap. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad dog food either, just that we don’t want to see more nutritional benefits attributed to it than it actually has.
STEP 4. CHOOSE A “GRAIN-FREE” FOOD ONLY IF NECESSARY
If you think your dog should switch to a grain-free diet because you suspect he has allergies, a visit to your vet is a good idea.
Grains are not bad for dogs unless your dog has a severe allergy, and you can avoid paying the high prices that brands put on these foods.
Don’t know if your dog has a food allergy? If he sucks his paws a lot, scratches himself, vomits or has diarrhoea, you might want to consider it. Before you buy “trendy” food like the whole wave of gluten-free dog products, consider all your dog’s needs individually.
STEP 5. DO YOUR HOMEWORK WITH THE BRAND OF YOUR CHOICE
After the hard work of choosing the best food for your pet, you will finally choose a brand that your dog is sure to love. What we recommend is that you do a little “research” with the manufacturer to make sure of the quality control and origin of the ingredients. If it is a brand that works with quality products, they will have no problem providing you with the information you need.