Do You Trust Your Dog Food?

You should always look carefully into the food that you intend to feed your dog before buying it. Bad dog food can cause illness and even death. You need to understand dogs’nutritional needs in general, the specific needs of your dog’s breed, plus any specific health issues or risks of your own animal. There are many dog foods on the market today claiming to be good, healthy food for your pet, but you can’t always trust the advertising.

For instance, Hills Science dog food, as its name implies, is marketed specifically as a scientifically formulated, nourishing dog food that has the best nutritional interest of your pet in mind. However, many dog owners report cases of dogs vomiting regularly after beginning to eat Hills Science Diet, and some pets have had strong allergic reactions to some of the ingredients. For that matter, none of the first five ingredients are particularly healthy for dogs. Dogs don’t naturally eat corn, the first ingredient, nor soybean oil or beet pulp, and animal fat and chicken by-products are not things you’d feed your children, so why would you want to feed them to your beloved pet?

One of the things important to take into account is the relative amounts of meat, grain and vegetables in the food. Canidae dog food has a respectable meat content, although perhaps not so good as it once was. Meat “meals” are the best form of meat to look for in your dog food, rather than by-products and non-human-grade proteins. Stay away from food with high cereal contents, and all grains are not created equal. Look for whole grains like brown rice and oatmeal rather than corn, soybean or wheat products. Merrick dog food is also a good option. It contains quite a variety of vegetables, though it’s meat content is somewhat lacking. On top of looking at the ingredients in your dog’s diet, you should consider other factors. Many people have begun to switch to dog foods that are entirely grain free. Others choose organic formulas that are pesticide-free and are also more environmentally responsible.

But don’t just listen to me. Do your own research on the internet and speak to a trusted veterinarian. Look for reputable sources from which to get your information, just as you should with any research. Yes, it’s good to look at the manufacturers’ websites, but you need information that is unbiased to go from. Check out sites created for dog owners by dog owners, or reputable organizations pages ending in .org.

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