Naturally, dogs eat anything, from trash on the sidewalk to scraps from the table. Unlike other pets, dogs are not picky when it comes to feeding. But the question is, how to know if your dog food is healthy for them. In this article are things to know before buying your dog food
FDA ensures all commercial pet food on store shelves are safe and have good nutritious ingredients. Nevertheless, it it’s good to know some facts before you choose a good for your dog.
Things to know before buying your dog food
1. The nutritional guarantee
2. Check the byproducts and grains
3. Go for the less expensive popular food
4. Dogs can go vegetarian.
5. Do not serve too much.
Check the nutritional guarantee
Any food you’re getting for your dog should have a statement on the label from the Association of American Feed Control Officials stating that the food contains complete and balanced nutrition or that the product meets the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.
Check the byproducts and grains
Byproduct meal refer to groundup parts of the animal carcass such as the bones and organs but they are more nutritious than the muscle meat that humans eat.
If you do think your pet might be allergic to something in their food, don’t make a diagnosis yourself rather, contact your veterinarian on how to figure out which ingredient to avoid in your dog food.
Go for the less expensive popular food
Most stores categorize their dog foods into the popular and premium but there aren’t any nutritional requirements for these categories.
If cost of the premium food is not for you, I recommend you buy a less expensive popular food and save your money for other things your dog may need.
Dogs can go vegetarian
Unlike other pets like cats, which need nutrients found only in animal protein, dogs can be feed on a meatless diet.
Although it is hard to find the right protein, fat, carbohydrates nutrients for vegetarian pet dog, you can just stick with the commercial meatless dog food.
Be careful not to serve too much
Leaving food out all day for your dog may seem okay but it could over eat and that’s not good.
Check the label on your dog’s food to know the one best for their weight or contact your vet to know if you should feed them more or less.