How to Select the Best Dog Food

There are many different brands and types of dog food in the marketplace. Choosing the best dog food is an important decision you have to make though. You want to choose a dog food that promotes health and a longer life for your pet.

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    Arm yourself with information about dog food, in general.
    • Dog foods are formulated for the proper life stage of your pet. The life stages are puppies, adults or senior pets.
    • Dog foods are also formulated and designed for the size of your puppy or dog.
    • There are diets that conform to minimal Association of American Feed Control Officials (A.A.F.C.O) standards.
    • There are also dog foods that don’t conform to A.A.F.C.O standards on shelves as well.
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    Know that good nutrition may be the most important factor affecting your dog’s health.
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    Check the labels and compare products.
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    Check for fillers. Many dog foods add "filler" such as corn, wheat, and other grain by-products. While these may be appropriate in some situations, most average dogs will do better with a food without such fillers.
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    Look for the first ingredient in your dog food to be meat (fish, chicken, beef, pork).
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    Know what to look for in lower quality dog food. Low-quality dog food tend to have unhealthy ingredients.
    • It's best to avoid ingredients such as Glycerol Mono Stearate, Propylene Glycol, cereal food fines, animal fat, cellulose, animal digest, glandular meal, grape Pomace, Butylated Hydroxysanisole, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, blood meal, corn distillers dried grains with solubles, meat meal, poultry by-product meal, poultry meal, mineral oil, yeast culture, cane molasses, corn syrup, sorbitol, sugar, and Menadione Sodium Bisulfate.
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    When in doubt about which brand or type of dog food to buy, ask what your veterinarian recommends.

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Categories: Feeding Dogs