Everyone wants nothing but the best for their pets which is why sometimes choosing the right food can be a discouraging task. Nowadays, there are many brands on the market and they all advertise their products as the best one, but how can you be certain of it and which one to choose? In the following text, we are going to help you make this decision.
All canned food for your companion goes through detailed inspection in order to ensure that it contains all the necessary nutrients. It mainly consists of meat, but dogs can also eat grains, fruits, and vegetables which are a great source of additional vitamins, minerals, and fibers that will help your pet grow.
As you are probably aware of, the nutritional requirements of the dog depend on its age. Puppy’s needs are different from an adult dog, which means that you should adjust the food accordingly. Because of this, each brand offers food for different stages of the animal’s life. Some breeds can have both “puppy food” and the one that is labeled “for all life stages”. On the other hand, large breeds have special requirements since they need to grow big and strong. If you are unsure about which type of food to choose, the best thing is to consult your veterinarian. The same goes if your little friend has allergies or a sensitive stomach and needs a special kind of food.
When it comes to choosing the right brand, you have to carefully read the labels. Depending on the expression, the amount of certain ingredient varies (it can make up anywhere between 3% and 70% of the product). Furthermore, if your pet has special dietary needs, you have to consider the list of ingredients. Even though no one can guarantee you their quality, you will know what is in that can and can it, in any way, harm your companion.
Lastly, you have to choose between dry and wet food. The former one contains only 10% water which means that it can be stored anywhere and this is its advantage. It usually consists of meat and grains that are cooked and mixed together. Since the latter includes fresh fish, poultry, and meat it has to be refrigerated once opened. Also, it is a bit more expensive than the previously mentioned one, but it is tastier which makes it great if your dog is a picky eater.
So how often should you feed your pet and how much food does it need? Well, adult dogs can be fed once a day, in the evening, while puppies need two meals. It is important to feed them at the same time every day in order to establish the schedule. When it comes to the quantity, you should give them the same amount of food every day.
However, if you notice any changes in their weight, upon doing a health check you have to adjust the size of the portions. Nowadays, there are even automatic dog feeders which you can program when it comes to the time and the amount of food they dispense. You can find the list of best automatic pet feeds on the Dog Struggles website.
To sum up, as you can see, when it comes to picking the best food for your pet, the most important thing is to monitor its behavior, age and activity in order to choose the best one.