Best Dog Food

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This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Paige Jirsa of top10today

 

The Best Dog Food for your Pup!

The food we feed our loyal furry friends has a great impact on their health and well-being. As such, we want to make sure that we are giving them the very best food so that they live long, healthy lives.

It can be a daunting task choosing the best food to feed your pooch, after all there are so many different kinds available! One of the first things to consider is the current needs of your dog. Puppies have different requirements than adult dogs, as do pregnant/nursing dogs, those with allergies, or other health concerns. Speak with your veterinarian to determine if your dog has special needs that would require a diet outside what is typical for a normal adult dog.

All dogs need basic nutrients such as an appropriate amount of protein and fat. Therefore, meat should be one of the main components in their diet. This can include fish, eggs and small amounts of Greek yogurt here and there. Your dog may consider yogurt with live active cultures the best dog treats ever, and you can be proud that your dog is getting essential vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fats for healthy skin, coat, eyes and teeth. The beneficial bacteria in yogurt with live cultures also aid in digestion and boost immunity!

There are many pre-packaged pet foods available, including wet food, dry food, and freeze-dried. When it comes to your dog, all the above are fine. However, you want to choose a brand places your pooch as a priority by using a “less is more” approach in their ingredient list. This means that there isn’t an over-abundance of “filler ingredients,” many of which you probably don’t even recognize. Your dog needs quality meat, and this should be one of the first ingredients. A mix of meats is OK, such as chicken, lamb and fish. This will provide your dog with a good variety of important nutrients. Some of the top recommended brands include Canidae, Primal Pet Foods, Orijen and Blue Buffalo.

Depending on where you live, you may also be able to find locally prepared raw food for your dog. A raw food diet can be amazing for dogs and can even help heal several ailments. If you choose to feed your dog a raw food diet, please ensure that it is a mix of meat and ground up bones. A variety of raw food dog treats are available as well, such as turkey necks and dehydrated pig ears.

Regardless of what food and treats you decide to feed your dog, make sure that they are nutritious and will not cause harm to your pet. This will ensure your dog has a long, happy life.