Each dog’s nutritional needs are different, which is why there are so many different types of dog food on the market. The breed, size and age of your dog will also determine his eating requirements, preferences and patterns, so careful consideration must be given to his daily diet to ensure he gets the right amount of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals for a long and healthy life.
What is the best dog food on the market?
From Eukanuba to Hill’s and Royal Canin to Vets Choice, the premium brands are often recommended by vets for their very specific nutritional benefits. Mid-range foods like Jock, Montego and Ultradog are very popular with pet owners as they provide great nutrition at more affordable prices. An important question to ask is not “what is the best dog food on the market?”, but rather, “what is the best food for my dog?” Consult with your vet AND your pet to meet your dog’s individual feeding needs.
What is in dog food?
Since dogs are mostly omnivorous, they require a diet containing animal proteins like beef, chicken and lamb, as well as grains like barley, brown rice, millet and oats. Dog foods also contain added vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C and E, and omega fatty acids. Check the labels to ensure your pup is getting the correct nutrient ratio.
What foods should dogs avoid?
Definitely do not feed your dog avocado, chocolate, dairy products (most dogs are lactose intolerant), garlic and onions, grapes or raisins, fatty meat (so no bacon!), macadamia nuts, salty foods, and anything containing xylitol.