Dog food nutrition facts need to be understood. But there are many other factors that need to be considered.
Ingredients are important. The first ingredient must be a high quality meat source such as chicken meal, chicken, etc. The food should not contain any wheat, corn, or soy, all of which are susceptible to contamination. Chemical preservatives and colorings should not be used.
But here are some other points that you may not think about:
How is the dog food sold? Most food is sold through grocery stores and pet specialty stores. Retail clerks in these stores are not able to give you expert advice regarding the quality and nutrition of each brand. Most of the time, you are directed to the food that is the most popular or the one that is on sale. This is not a true indication of the dog food’s quality.
Most of the dog food sold in stores has a shelf life up to 2 years. Would you rather provide your dog with food that is old or one that is very fresh?
Most of the dog food found in stores is made by large conglomerates. These large companies also sell household cleaning products, laundry products, potato chips, toothpaste, etc.
Pet food products can be a profitable business if ingredients are purchased at low costs. Most of these large companies had dog food products recalled in 2007 because because of their desire to buy inexpensive ingredients in China. Over the last few weeks, more pet products are being recalled. These companies have definitely not learned their lesson. Why not buy food from a company that specializes in pet food and whose food products have never been recalled.
There are other factors to consider that I will discuss in future posts. The bottom line is that you should buy healthy dog food, treats, and supplements from a company that you can trust.
I read an article that discusses dog food nutrition facts in determining the food to buy. It’s entitled “Choosing Your Pet’s Food.” The article is posted by PetMeds Pro.
Here is a quote from the article:
One of the most important decisions you will make for your pet is selecting the best food for your dog or cat. All pets are different and have different preferences and needs. Some things to consider when choosing pet food are: your pet’s life stage (puppy, adult, senior?), activity level, and your pet’s current weight (is he over- or underweight?). Next, consider your pet’s personal preferences – does he prefer canned or dry food? Is your pet’s favorite chicken, beef, or lamb?
Once you have narrowed down the type of food, your next step is to carefully check labels. The ingredients on a pet food label will be listed in the order of weight. The first ingredient should be a specific, named high-quality, whole fresh meat such as chicken, beef, turkey, etc. (not just “meat.”) Avoid pet foods which list fillers or by-products as main ingredients; if you wouldn’t want to eat it, should you feed it to your pet? Avoid corn, soy and wheat, as many pets have difficulty digesting them. Also, look for natural preservatives such as Vitamin E and/or C rather than chemical preservatives.
The entire article can be read here.
The article discusses some of the dog food nutrition facts that should be considered before purchasing dog food.
Do you consider only the dog food nutrition facts on the label? Or do you do more research to determine other major factors critical in understanding the best high quality, nutritious food? If you have any questions you can call me toll free at 877-878-4036 or email at ScottHubbard@ProductForPetHealth.com.