You have probably heard the saying, “you are what you eat.” This is true as much for our canine buddies as it is for us. Most of the time if we humans eat a lot of chips and junk food and drink lots of pop and other unhealthy drinks it will eventually show up in our deteriorating health.
However a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and drinking lots of water usually produces a much healthier body with more energy and strength. Feeding your dog table scraps and low grade dog food is like feeding him junk food, but if he is fed a quality, well-balanced dog food he will be healthier, with stronger joints and a healthy shiny coat.
Human food comes in many different forms and flavors and the dog food choices available to us today are just the same. Many low grade dog foods are basically junk with lots of low grade fillers while other food has quality ingredients that will make your dog strong and healthy.
Since there are so many choices out there in dog food it is important to know what to look for so that you get the best in quality, value and nutrition. Although many brands of dog food are less expensive than others you must look at the big picture in choosing the right food for your dog.
There was a case where a dog owner was feeding a popular brand of dog food to his dog when his veterinarian suggested a much more expensive brand. While the owner of the dog had to make an adjustment to his budget initially, the purchase of the more expensive dog food balanced out because his dog ate less and became healthier in his stomach digestion and bowel movements.
Pretty packaging, slick advertising and commercials do not necessarily guarantee a quality nutritious dog food. What is important is the ingredients that are found inside. Good brands of dog food are seldom appealing to humans but have nutrients that are essential to strong canine health.
Some animals, such as the fox, are carnivores, which means that they only eat meat. Canines are different in that they sometimes will supplement their nutrition through grains, fruits and vegetables. A quality brand will contain these valuable sources of necessary vitamins, minerals and fiber in addition to meat, such as beef or chicken.
Additional considerations in choosing the proper food for your dog are breed type, activity level and age. Each of these will require different nutritional values for the optimal health of your canine companion. As a result, what you feed your pup will change over the months and years of his life.
Some of bigger breeds, such as the Great Pyrenees, have different nutritional needs than smaller breeds, like the Maltese. You can find some brands of dog food that specialize in specific breeds.
The activity level of your dog is a very important consideration in deciding what to feed him. Active dogs like the Labrador Retriever will definitely need a different dog food than a less active dog as you find in the Basset Hound. And of course a growing pup will need a food that will
supplement his growth while an older dog will require a food that will help ease joint problems and other issues as he slows down. Don’t forget in choosing the right food for your dog is finding the one that will meet its own personal needs.