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Adopting a dog or any other pet might seem tempting, but it comes with a huge responsibility. As a pet parent, you need to take care of all your pet’s needs and wants – and let’s admit it” it’s no easy feat.
Among the many responsibilities that come with a pet, keeping your pet healthy and physically fit should be one of your top priorities. One of the key factors to keeping a dog healthy is to choose the best dog food that’s available for your furry friend.
Typical dog food should provide all types of nutrients and vitamins needed to keep your dog healthy and also, suits your little doggo’s taste buds. But, with the diverse range of options available, it can be really overwhelming to pick the correct one for your dog. According to studies, the pet food in the industry was recorded to be worth $110.53 billion in the year 2021 – that bomb figure already says a lot.
Thus, to help you with it, I’ve enlisted a few tips and tricks that you can consider to choose the best dog food for your furry little friend.
1. Know their needs
Before you step out and search for dog foods, you should at least know about your dog’s bodily needs. So, research and know about all the basic nutrients your dog needs to live a healthy and long life.
2. Read the label carefully
You might think this is lame but trust me, deciphering a label is hard, especially the ones with similar, yet not so similar labels. For instance, there are terms like “beef”, “with beef” or “beef dinner” written on the package, and surprisingly, the three mean entirely different from each other.
The label only “beef” means that the feeding item contains 70 percent of beef in it, while the labels like “with beef” and “beef dinner”, mean that the food item has beef flavoring only, with just 3 percent of beef.
3. Keep a note of the ingredients
Along with the label, also keep a lookout for the ingredients that were used to make the dog food. Sometimes, there are ingredients in foods that might trigger a rash or an allergy in dogs and you absolutely don’t want that.
So, if you have a clear idea of the nutrients, you can then assess whether the feeding item in concern will benefit your dog.
The food items where the main ingredients are chicken, beef, poultry, fish, and other protein sources should be at the top of your list.
They will help provide the dog with all the nutrition that they need. Make sure to opt for fresh dog food rather than packaged ones, as the latter has the risk of making your dog sick.
While making your final pick, it is essential that you know about the various products available before you feed them to your pet. You can either look up about them on the web, or you can directly take advice from your dog experts or visit a vet. They can help you pick out the best for your dog, from this ocean of dog food.
Further, you can also refer to your local pet store and take their help to determine the recipes and dog foods that are best for the respective breeds. But, keep in mind that, pet professionals can only give you advice – whether or not it works on your dog is for you to determine.
5. Include carbohydrates in the diet
Grains and pulses are a rich source of carbohydrates and gluten in the diet and give the dog the energy it needs throughout the day. This is because food items like grains are easily digestible by a dog, and can later be used to generate ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
ATP generation in the body is extremely necessary as it spikes the energy levels in them and keeps the other physiological processes in check.
Over to you…
As a pet owner, your pet’s health should always be one of your top concerns. If you’re new to parenting these furry little mates, start applying these tips and you will be able to make a good decision.