Feeding And Caring For Your Pet Dog

Posted July 21st, 2010 by gemainz

Most people believe that feeding their dog is the easiest part of owning it. However, this is not necessarily true.You need to pay close attention to both the quality of food you provide and the quantities provided.Many of us make our buying decision based on price, but if you are trying to find the best dog food for your pet you should also pay close attention to the ingredients within the food.The benefits of feeding a good quality dog food are significant and your dog’s overall health and wellbeing will certainly be improved.
It is easy to discover the ingredients used in your dog’s food – simply read the packaging. Manufacturers have to show you the ingredients by law.It is widely acknowledged that dog’s are not vegetarian and they prefer to eat meat in their diet.With this in mind you need to find a dog food where the very first ingredient is meat, whether this is chicken, beef, lamb, pork etc.At the bottom end of the price scale many cheap dog food products will only contain meat by-products. These should be avoided as they offer little nutritional value.Soya is becoming widely recognised in human food, but for dogs it is another no-go product as many are intolerant to it.Pet owners who recognise the benefits in feeding their dog a good quality pet food are also reaping the benefits of more specialist food which can target a certain aspect of the animal’s health or physical appearance.For example, some may wish to boost the animal’s outer appearance while others may want to increase the dog’s energy. There are specific ingredients to look for in food to accomplish these desires.
Oils also form an essential part of a dogs diet and oils containing Omega 6 and 3 can help to boost your dogs health and skin quality.
If your dog is very active then you should look for foods that are high in protein and carbohydrates, as these will help to keep energy levels high.Older, less active dogs will not need as high of a calorie diet as those that are younger and more vibrant.Many dog oweners prefer to buy canned dog food. This is a good option but you need to check that the main ingredient listed is not water.Water is used as the main ingredient in many varieties of canned pet food and the sole purpose is to lower the cost.A diet based on canned, wet food should be supplemented with a daily dry snack which your dog can chew on, such as a bone or chewy stick.A high quality dog food should not break the bank and really will benefit your dog in terms of overall health and well-being.The ticket price of premium dog foods is generally higher but portion sizes are usually smaller, so the cost per bowl will often work out the same as a cheap supermarket type feed.

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