Scout for the best dog food: Here are 7 handy tips to do so!

Choosing from a range of dog food options can get confusing for pet moms & dads. You must consider several aspects before taking your pick from the available options. These include ingredients and certifications. More so, you need to take into account your dog’s lifestyle habits, size, breed, age, among others.

However, to make your job easy, here we have listed seven tips that can help you make the right choice in dog foods. In addition to following the below-listed tips, you must work in partnership with your family vet to provide your darling pets with the vital nutrients that are crucial to their development.

Check the certifications of dog foods

Look for the pet food labels that contain the ‘Nutritional Adequacy Statement’. In the US, the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) issues such statements. Search the bag or can of dog food for such reports. By studying the same, you can determine whether the dog food meets the dietary requirements of your dog.

Study the dog food ingredients

Before selecting a dog food brand, pet owners should study the ingredients and their quantity. This helps to assess whether their pets will be getting the required nutrition through the foods. Also, if your dog had any dietary restrictions, then you can choose the right feed for them accordingly.

Note that dogs can, also, suffer from allergies to a range of foods like humans. The canines could develop allergies to chicken, dairy, eggs, wheat among others. Now, to avoid them from having allergic reactions, do not give them foods that are harmful to their health.

Consider your dog’s age

Dogs in varied life stages have different nutritional needs. Thus, pet owners are advised to feed them foods that are suitable for their age. For puppies, you should provide foods that are manufactured for their growth needs. Then, for 1-year dogs, they must be given dog food formula, containing the essential nutrients such as calcium and fats and proteins.

Further, keep in mind that whether pregnant dogs or nursing dogs or senior dogs or working dogs, they vary in dietary needs. Work with your vet on selecting the best options for your dog feed.

Dry or Wet foods

Dog feed is available in two forms: dry and wet. Both alternatives are considered nutritious. Even so, dry food is more popular among the two. This is because dry feed is cheaper and can be stored more easily than the wet varieties. However, if your dog prefers wet food, then go ahead and choose those varieties to satiate their appetite.

Assess your dog specific requirements

The size of your dog should determine their feed. In cases of small-sized dogs, you should feed them small-sized pieces; and for the larger dogs, the large-sized ones. More so, bear in mind that different dog breeds could be susceptible to various illnesses. Now, if your dog is prone to particular health problems, try and custom their meals suitably to reduce the chances of them falling ill.

Also, different dog sizes have different calorie requirements. Hence, ensure that you feed them foods that are suitable as per their size.

Your dog’s lifestyle matters

When selecting dog food, an important criterion is their activity levels. Working dogs, service or hunting ones require varying levels of nutrients as compared to domestic dogs.

Supervise your dog

At times, your dog may not behave normally. They may not eat or drink properly. In some cases, you may perceive that they are lethargic or are itching excessively or have a flaky coat. In such situations, their diet may need to be altered. Talk to your vet and chalk out a new dietary regime after discussing the alleged symptoms.

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