There are so many dog foods on the market that claim that they are the best for your dog that it can be hard to choose which one to feed your best friend. There is a simple way to find which food is actually the best for your dog, and that is by looking at the ingredients. When going into your local pet store, look through the different dog foods and pick out a few and compare the ingredients. Some foods will have more of one ingredient than another, and that food can be more beneficial than another brand. Being educated on what nutrients that are essential to keeping your dog healthy is highly important, and it will help you make a better decision on what foods to feed your dog.
Fats are essential to a dog’s diet, because fats are the most concentrated form of food energy, providing dogs with more than twice the energy of proteins or carbohydrates. Fats also provide a good insulation to your pet’s body, and protection for internal organs. They are also essential in the structure of cells and are needed for the production of some hormones. They also are required for absorption and utilization of fat-soluble vitamins. Dog’s need essential fatty acids must be provided because they cannot be synthesized by dogs in sufficient amounts. If a dog has a deficiency of essential fatty acids, it many result in reduced growth or increased skin problems. Look for the fat content, and where the fats come from on the label of the food you are interested in, and make sure that they contain omega-3 fatty acids.
Another essential nutrient that dogs need in their diet are carbohydrates. They provide energy for the body’s tissues, are likely to be important for reproduction, and play a role in the health of the intestine. Fibers are carbohydrates that modify the mix of the bacterial population in the small intestine, which can help manage chronic diarrhea. You should be feeding your dog moderately fermentable fibers, such as: beet pulp, corn, rice, and wheat. These ingredients are commonly found in most dog foods, and are not all that difficult to find.
Proteins are a very important part of your dog’s diet. They build and maintain muscles, organs, bones, blood, body tissues, hair, nail, and the immune system. Many foods contain a good source of protein, but looks for foods that are rich in beef, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, grains and soy. High protein levels do not pose a threat to dogs, unless they have impaired kidney or liver function. Look at the protein levels given on the food, and make sure that they are given in lentil amounts, so your dog can be happy and healthy.
One last nutrient that you want to look for in your dog’s food are vitamins and minerals. Dogs cannot make vitamins on their own (vitamin C is an exception). Dogs need vitamins and minerals like: calcium, iron, and magnesium in their foods. They can be found in foods such as: bread, fish, fruits and vegetables, grains, and milk. Look for foods that have added grains, fruits and vegetables, and have fish as a primary ingredient.