7 Considerations When Choosing a Quality Dog Food

Choosing the best food for your dog can be a huge challenge with so many different brands and a host of diverse kinds of dog food in the market today. The higher quality food you give your dog, the longer, healthier, and better life you will be giving to your dog. Hopefully, this article will help you pick the best food for your dog.  The following are some tips that will be useful when choosing your dog food.

1. The first thing to look for is how much of the food contains fillers. The typical filler for lower quality food is corn. If the grain is going to be in food it needs to be easily digested and offer some nutritional value. I feel rice-based foods are always much better for the dog than corn. Whole grains are good in limited amounts. Less filler in a dog food also means less waste coming out of your dog.

2. Make sure that the food you buy has essential fatty acids. The best foods contain a ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 of at least 7 to 1. These essential fatty acids are important to your dog in many ways for their overall health disease prevention and a healthy coat for Fido.

3. Make sure the dog food has a wide range of minerals for complete nutrition. As with essential fatty acids, the body does not produce minerals so they must be introduced in the diet. Again the better food manufacturers understand the importance of trace elements in a dogs' diet in the right amounts.

4. When you are shopping for dog food it is easy to just grab and go. However, just like food for people, the fresher the better. So remember to check the freshness date before you make your purchase.

5. Do some research; each dog food company almost always has a supporting website. In some cases, dog food websites can be chalked full of valuable info. The key is to look for common-sense information, not a slick marketing pitch.

6. If cost is a factor, then a high-quality food is better for your pocket too. Higher quality foods will satisfy your dogs' appetite with much less food. Since there is more available nutrition, you do not need to feed them as much and they will still have a much better diet.

7. Look for a supplier in your area that is knowledgeable about the dog food they sell. Your vet is always a go-to source when it comes to your dogs' diet, but local resources like a high-quality dog food store should still be considered. They can help you compare the brands that they sell to find the best choice for you.

And lastly, the most important factor in choosing the right dog food is to take your time and do some research. Seek advice from your veterinarian and from local dog food suppliers, their advice will help you make the right choice. And don’t forget that high-quality dog foods are one the biggest factors in keeping your furry pal healthy and fit both body and mind.

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