Dog Food Buying Guide
Dog Food 101
Types of Dog Food
Dry Dog Food
Wet Dog Food
Dog Food Safety Considerations:
• It is best to alternate between several different brands of dog food, switching every few months to ensure your dog gets a wide variety of nutrients
• Store dry dog food in an airtight container to preserve the freshness and nutrients of the food, and to keep out any unwanted visitors
• Popular human foods such as onions, avocadoes, grapes, caffeine and chocolate can be toxic if fed to dogs
Dog Food Features
A lot of your dog’s nutrition comes from meat, though vegetables do offer some specific vitamins and minerals. Meats such as poultry, beef, game and fish are all delicious choices for your dog.
Grains are not a necessary part of your dog’s diet, but they act as a filler to help reduce the cost of dog food. High-yield grains such as corn, wheat and soy are popular filler ingredients, but check your puppy for allergic reactions during the first feeding. Brown rice and other whole grains such as barley and oats are considered healthier filler ingredients.
Fruits and Vegetables +
Fruit and vegetables have a lot of good vitamins and minerals for your dog. Often included in higher quality dog food, these ingredients can improve your dog’s lifelong health. Antioxidant-rich produce can reduce the risk of cancer, too. Stay clear of grapes, raisins, onions and garlic, which are toxic to your pet.
Some preservatives and other additives are best left out of your dog’s food bowl. BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole), BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) and ethoxyqui can cause liver and kidney problems, allergies and dental issues. Choose food with tocopherols (vitamin E) or ascorbate (vitamin C) instead.
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