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Proper feeding 101: Choosing the best food for your dog

If you paid attention to the news, you probably heard about the dog food brands that killed millions of dogs between 2006 and 2008.  In 2007, studies revealed that dogs were dying quickly, as a result of eating contaminated dog food, many of which were believed to contain rat poisoning.  This tragic loss of canine life sparked a number of questions regarding dog food safety and what is the best food for your canine.   

Dog owners generally love their dogs as a member of the family, and will do just about anything to ensure their proper health and well-being.  As a result, many are unfazed by high prices, and will go the extra mile to acquire hard to find, yet nutritional dog food brands. 

Due to the dog food scare, experts now say that feeding your dog regular, human food is quite acceptable and healthy.  The previous assumption was that only dog products, like kibble, were healthy.  However, many wary pet owners are cooking real food for their dogs.  Not only is real food healthy, but feeding it to your dog ensures that he does not consume synthetic or damaging materials.

Ground beef is generally healthy for dogs; just make sure it is free of gristle and veins of fat.  Try mixing the beef with mixed vegetables, or serve them on separate plates.  Your dog will enjoy this more than over the counter dog food.  Real food will promote good health and increase longevity.   

Of course, the key lies in knowing the facts.

Though they are touted to promote good nutrition, many dog food brands on the market contain unhealthy substances.  According to studies, just about anything is thrown into dry dog food that can be purchased at the grocery store.  Ground up animal carcasses and trash is believed to be thrown into the mix.  Many dog food brands are developed using a machine called an extruder.  The dog food recipe is then generated by a computer.   

When finding the best food for your dog, you will need to consider your dog’s size.  Food that is good for a full grown dog may not be as suitable for puppies.  When choosing the best food for your puppy, it is important to read labels.  According to experts, you will need to make sure the food contains more vegetable proteins than synthetic proteins.  Buy brands that contain lamb meal and beef fat, experts say.   

Even though experts now recommend feeding your dog human food, there are still a number of great dog food brands.  The best dog food brand for your dog will often depend on the breed.  Small dogs, such as Maltese, will need smaller dog kibble.  Eukanuba is great for small dogs.  Iams large breed dog food is recommended for larger dogs that weigh 50 pounds or higher.  

Another thing to consider is your dog’s life stage.  Different age groups require more or less ingredients and nutrients.  A puppy, for example, will need more nutrients to help it grow and mature both physically and mentally.  Believe it or not, dogs develop emotionally as well.  Some dog food brands are designed specifically to help with mental development.

Be sure to examine nutrition labels.  Dog food companies are required to list nutritional values and what is required for different sized dogs.  By examining these labels, you will be able to figure out what is the best dog food for your dog. 

Your veterinarian may be able to suggest a special canned dog food that fits his or her specific nutritional needs.  These are generally more expensive, but they are better for your dog in the long run.

 

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