How to choose my dog's food
The feeding of your dog is an aspect that you should not neglect so that the animal leads a healthy and balanced life. You must choose the food of your pet, especially, depending on the age and size of your dog. The type of diet you offer to your dog and the ingredients that form it are essential to ensure that your diet covers all your nutritional needs. If you are worried about feeding your pet and you want to know how to choose your dog's food properly, keep reading this article and discover the keys that we give you.
Wet diet or dry diet?
One of the most frequent questions when we have to choose the dog food is: cans or I think? The cans of food correspond to the wet diet and the dry feed. There is also a semi-moist diet, with an intermediate amount of moisture, and these are hamburgers or pieces of beef for dogs. Although the wet diet is more appetizing for our dog, cans carry much more fat than dry feed and can cause obesity in our pet. For this reason alone, it is not advisable to base our dog's diet solely on cans. The most appropriate thing is to feed the dog with feed, since it has all the nutrients and proteins that our animal needs, and favors oral hygiene, since when chewing and crushing the food, the appearance of plaque on the teeth is delayed. However, it is advisable to brush our dog's teeth. If the dog performs the proper exercise, occasionally you can mix it with semi-moist food.
Choose my puppy's food
Within the dry diet, there is a wide variety of feed among which we can choose the food of our dog. Depending on the age of our pet we must choose one type of feed or another.
The first months of your puppy are very important because they will mark all their growth and development. Thus, in the case of puppies, you must choose a balanced meal, which includes:
- Variety of nutrients and proteins
- Great energy concentration
- A lot of fiber to facilitate digestion and easily expel bacteria and parasites that the mother passed through her breast milk
It is very important that your puppy's food stimulates its defenses to prevent it from contracting a dangerous disease, such as canine parvovirus. Normally, the right feed for puppies comes in the form of very small balls. During the first 2 months of life, it is recommended that you moisten the feed a bit with water to facilitate the crushing of the food. Little by little, it begins to give it completely dry feed. Never give your puppy your food because it would alter your body.
Choose the food of my adult dog
From the year of life, your dog is already an adult and you must start to change your feed. Remember that dogs are, mainly, carnivorous animals, therefore, we must avoid the excess of cereals in the feed of your pet. Cereals are usually synonymous with poor quality feed. So, you should look carefully at the ingredients of the dog food and make sure that:
- The feed does not contain corn, corn flour, soybeans or wheat, because dogs can not correctly address this type of food and, in addition, can cause allergies
- Does not include chemical preservatives or additives, such as BHA, BHT or propylene gallate
- The protein source of the feed is very important to ensure the digestibility of the food. Fish and meat should be the main sources of food
- Contain vitamin E, C and Omega-3, as they are very healthy for dogs
- The source of carbohydrates is rice, oats or yeast
- Depending on the level of activity, it is recommended that you have a minimum amount of fat
- Have fiber, fruits, barley, glucosaline and chondroitin
- And most important, that all the ingredients are suitable for human consumption (human-grade)
The ingredients of dog food should come as explicit and clear as possible, the more natural and healthy the better, such as fresh chicken, veal or lamb meat. Many brands use derivatives of food sources, such as chicken flour, not recommended for your dog's food.
Choose my dog's food according to its size
The size of the dog also plays an essential role when choosing the dog's food. Dogs of giant size, such as San Bernardo or Great Dane, need a greater energy supply than those of small breed. Its growth and development is much longer and slower than that of the small ones and, therefore, its food must be commensurate with its development. Large adult dogs need a very digestive feed with high caloric content to meet their nutritional needs. Vitamin E and C are essential in your diet. Phosphorus, on the other hand, is an ingredient that must appear in minimum quantities.
Small dogs need a type of croquettes that make them chew and favor the elimination of bacterial plaque, since they are more prone to the creation of tartar. To avoid obesity, the amount of fat should be minimal. They have a tendency to suffer from digestive disorders, so fiber, fruits, oats, glucosaline and chondroitin are ingredients that can not be lacking in the food of your small dog.
Tips and recommendations
A very important aspect that we must take into account when choosing our dog's feed is that it has been prepared in a human-grade feeding plant . Many brands manufacture the feeding of dogs with products not suitable for humans, such as bones, guts, feathers, etc. The human food plants guarantee that the feed complies with the sanitary requirements and that the ingredients used are also suitable for human consumption.
The quality of our pet's food is very important if we want to lead a healthy and balanced life. Therefore, you must take into account all these indications. Equally important is choosing the bowl of food so that you can take it correctly and the amount of food that our dog should eat.Tips
- Under no circumstances feed your dog, either puppy or adult, with your own food because you could alter your body and even cause food poisoning.