Prepared pet food is a great option for keeping your dog healthy and happy. It is also convenient to purchase and can be found in grocery stores as well as pet store. However, there are some things that you should know in order to choose a healthy pet food for your animal.
It is important to read the labels of animal food products before purchasing them. The first ingredient listed is the main ingredient contained in the pet food. Inexpensive pet foods may be made mostly from fillers like corn meal because the filler is inexpensive. Some grains are important, but a food should not be made primarily from grains.
While it is tempting to think that only inexpensive dog food brands use this tactic, it is not always the case. Even expensive pet foods may have a large amount of corn products or fillers. Many dog foods may also have a large amount of meat by-products. These by-products include intestines and even bones. While your dog may not mind, this is not the healthiest way to make sure your dog gets his protein each day.
Of course, there is more to choosing a healthy pet food than looking at the first ingredient on the back of the dog food bag and avoiding foods that are full of grains. A good dog food will also have vegetables listed for the ingredients. In fact, some dogs may actually prefer vegetables to meat.
If your dog is a senior or has special health needs, then you may need a special dog food. Senior dogs may need more calories or they may need a food that is easily digested. If your senior dog has problems with his teeth, he may need to eat a softer kibble. Dogs with allergies can usually tolerate lamb and rice formulas. There are a number of pet food companies that make this type of dog food. Your veterinarian may be able to suggest a dog food if your pet has other health issues.
If you have decided to switch your pet’s food to a healthier pet food, it is important to make the switch gradually. Suddenly switching your pet’s food can cause digestion problems as well as other issues.
Sometimes, dogs can be very picky. If your dog simply does not like the taste of the new and healthy dog food, then you may do several things. Your dog may adapt to the taste of the dog food, or you may be able to encourage him to eat the food by adding a tablespoon of wet dog food. Then, mix the wet dog food thoroughly into the dry dog food. It doesn’t matter how healthy the food is, if your dog doesn’t like the taste and you have tried the above tips, you may need to try a different dog food.
It is sad that your dog may not appreciate your efforts to keep him healthy, but eventually, most dogs adapt very well to healthy dog food. By feeding your dog healthy food, you can ensure that the two of you have a very long and wonderful life together. Here’s to healthy pet food!