From the carb conscious to gluten free, we are constantly thinking about the foods we put in our bodies. After all, our food sustains us, keeps us healthy and helps our bodies run the best they can. Why would you want anything less for your dogs?
There are so many dog foods on the market that it can be hard to tell exactly what is best. Did you know dogs are not strict carnivores like some animals? They need grains, fruits and vegetables in their diet to make it complete. It’s important to check your food labels to make sure that they are getting the most out of their food.
So, what type of food should you really be feeding your dog? We’ve got some answers that will point you in the right direction.
Things to look for:
- An actual named animal protein (chicken, fish, beef, etc) at the top of the list.
- Whole veggies, fruits and grains should be near the top as well.
- Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids
- Expiration dates that aren’t too far in the future means that the food isn’t overly processed.
What you need to stay away from:
- Meat by-products, avoid anything that just says “meat” or “by-product.”
- Generic fat sources like “animal fat” in the ingredients.
- Artificial colors.
- Preservative like BHA, BHT or ethoxyquin to name a few.
Brands to avoid:
We hate to throw any certain brand under the bus, but we’ve done some research and found that these are the top 10 worst consumer rated dog foods according to The Dog Digest:
- Purina Beneful Original
- Purina Dog Chow
- Kibbles ‘n Bits
- Pedigree Adult Formula
- Iams Pro Active
- ALPO Brand
- Twin Pet
- Kal Kan
- Gravy Train
Brands to Buy:
According to the same report, the list below are the best foods you can buy for your dog:
- Primal Pet Foods
- Newman’s Own
- Nature’s Variety
- Natural Balance
- Taste of the Wild
- Wellness Natural Pet Food
- Canidae Pure Elements Dog Food
Diet Changing Tips:
Before making any sudden changes in your pet’s diet make sure to contact your vet. Depending on your dog’s age, weight, and breed, they will be able to suggest the best food for them. Also, if you do end up changing their main food, make sure to do it slowly by mixing in some of the old food with a little bit of the new. Start first with mostly their old food and then gradually mix in more and more of the new food until finally the old brand is completely phased out. This will help them adjust to the new taste and keep them from shunning the new food completely.
We all want to be healthy and we also want the same for our pets. One of the best ways to keep our bodies in good working order is with the foods we eat. Making sure your pet has all the quality ingredients in their food is just as important to them as it is to you. They’ll thank you for it in the long run!