You need to know about dog food just as you should know about the food you eat because as it has been said a dog is man’s best friend.
You do everything you can to maintain your own optimum health.
Your dog is an active member of your family and needs the same, if not more attention to health and nutrition as you do, to stay healthy, and live longer.
After all it’s very easy to get lost in a big pet store that offers many types of dog food.
The seas of products that are offered today and aisle after aisle of dog food are very confusing and also time consuming.
However keeping your dog healthy need not be a career option for you. All we need to use is a little commonsense and good information regarding the breed and age of your dog.
Try this unique calculator that will help you understand how many calories your dog needs every day depending on things like the dog's age, weight, activity level etc., and will also help you determine how many cups of food you should be feeding your dog every day.
Let’s divide the dogs into two categories – small & adult.
It has long been established and proven that small dog breeds have a different metabolism as compared to large dogs, due to physiologic effect of their body mass.
A Great Dane weighing 100 pounds needs to consume about 23 calories per pound of body weight.
A Pomeranian weighing 6 pounds needs to consume 47 calories per pound of body weight every day-more than twice as much! As an owner of a small dog, you need to be certain that your dog’s energy needs are being satisfied.
Be sure to choose a diet that’s been formulated properly with optimal balance of highly digestible nutrients. Digestibility determines how much your dog can actually utilize each nutrient in a diet.
A new puppy requires almost twice as much dog food as adult dogs per pound of weight. To keep up their energy levels, they have to be fed as frequently as three to four times a day till they are six months of age.
Diet is always the key to raising your children or puppies. The diet should balanced, nutrient rich, should contain high levels of phosphorous and calcium and be highly digestible.
It's important that your dog's food is healthy and nutritious and contains high-quality proteins. It should also adhere to Association of American Feed Control Officials’ (AFFCO) procedures. This would ensure that the puppy develops strong bones, muscle and tissue.
Your dog like you needs a combination of fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water in a balanced diet to meet their daily needs. A lot of dog food bags claim they are in themselves complete food.
This ends up as null if the nutrients cannot be absorbed by your dog’s system. Major companies take great care in this aspect by trying to provide the nutrients in an absorbable form.
Dog foods must also consist of mineral and vitamin supplements in a balanced form.
The proportions should be accurate so that they do not interfere with each other in your dogs system.
This would provide maximum benefit to you dog. If the food consists of one ingredient in overdose and the other in lower doses, it could have an adverse affect on your dog’s health.
Given below are some feeding tips to make chow time more pleasant:
A Grain Free Diet is the latest trend in dog foods. It is also known as dry kibble diets.
The grain free trend originated with raw diets as many proponents of raw food studied evolutionary dietary habits of our companions’ wild ancestors and decided that grains were unnecessary.
Dogs like dry foods only if it is tasty and some dogs prefer only the best dog food that comes in a can.
The reason for such preference is that the moisture is about seventy to eighty percent in canned food but in dry food, it is only about ten percent.
Why would you want to make your own pet food, with so many different brands of dog food on the market?
The answer is if you make it yourself you know exactly what's going in the food, and perhaps even more important, what's not in the food.
Given all these factors, pet owners are going more for home cooked meals for their pets, which have resulted in the increase in sale of dog food recipes cook books for pet lovers.
When you do your canine Food Comparisons, you'll find out that the common differences from one manufacturer to another are the sources and percentages of the ingredients that make up the pet food.
Simply put, if the pet food ratings start to talk about how almost all types of dog breeds and even dog ages can make use of the product, then there's a little lie out there. You have to stay away from it as soon as possible.
To prevent obesity in dogs, a big part of the process is in the intake control. Most low fat diet dog food will have a feeding table in its packaging.
If you are serious about your dog's nutrition, you should take time to measure your pet's food according to what the feeding table says.
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There is a lot of controversy about whether or not feeding dogs raw food is good for them.