When it comes to choosing the right type of healthy dog food, you may find it more difficult than you initially thought. Certainly, most of the dog foods you can find at your local grocery or pet store contain large amounts of preservatives, as well as being over-processed. Therefore, in order to help you find the healthiest dog food for your beloved pet, we have provided some tips below.
First of all, you need to understand what your dog’s diet should consist of. It is important that you provide your dog with large amounts of protein (40%), fiber (30%), and starch (30%). Therefore, look for only those dog foods that contain these amounts of ingredients in their formula. Also, when looking at the label, make sure the first ingredient listed is some form of protein (pork, chicken, etc.) and is not made up of meat by-products. You will often find that some of the cheapest dog foods contain at least one meat ingredient first, but then just below details of the by-products and fillers that have also been used to make the food they produce will be provided. Be careful, as this means that you will not be provided with the sufficient amount of meat (protein) that your dog needs to stay fit and healthy.
Second, look at what preservatives dog food manufacturers are producing. They are certainly essential, as they help prevent food from leaving and thus remaining edible. However, they don’t need to be made from artificial substances, as they could cause serious health problems for your dog in the future. Instead, look for foods that contain vitamins E and C, as they are not only great for preserving food, but they are also much better for your dog.
If you can afford it, choose only premium brand foods like Eukanuba, Iams, or Hill’s, as they contain the healthiest ingredients of all that you are likely to find in dog food today. In addition, they also provide a wide range of foods that are suitable for dogs of all ages and when they reach certain stages in their lives.
However, if you really want to make sure your dog only eats healthy dog food, then you might consider making your own. Today, if you were to do a search online, you will find that there are many sites that now offer a wide range of healthy dog recipes and meal plans that you could try and see which one your dog prefers.