Dogs are your best friends, and they love you unconditionally. Surprisingly, many people don’t think so. In fact, as a former Petsmart employee, I would follow up with people who come in every day and complain about the amount of pet food we have. They would comment that their amount was the same, and they would walk out the door with the cheapest baggage. I won’t tell you what food or brand to buy in the following guide, but I will give you some tips to keep your canine friend healthy with a different nutrition.
Meat Should Be Present
Usually, the ingredients are created before processing, so this meat’s exposure is lower after processing. Also, always look for meats that are specifically labeled, such as poultry or free-range. If you see a generic word like “animal fat,” that’s a red flag because this meat can come from anywhere (like animals run over on the road or many individual animals from slaughterhouse leftovers). Bottom line: if the meat is not the main ingredient, this is probably a food with a fantastic amount of plant fillers that provide little to no nutritional value to your pet.
Check the Preservatives
Usually, dog foods will list the preservatives used along with the ingredients. Some chemicals are incredibly harmful to your dog, such as BHA and BHT, known as carcinogens.
Know Your Dog’s Specific Needs
For example, large-breed dogs require exceptional food to avoid joint problems typical of large dogs. Dogs also need specially formulated foods to help stabilize growth patterns and support growth. It would be best if you researched your puppy’s individual needs to find the perfect food.
Research About the Food
Always research a food before giving it to your pet: understand the ingredients, know what additives are in the food, and talk about other people’s experiences with all fares. Don’t believe everything in the bag.
Like individual food suppliers, pet food manufacturers can also misrepresent the truth. For example, some pet food companies claim their food is made in the United States, but most of them come from elsewhere.