How do you decide what is the best dog food brand to buy? Is the price of the food one of the main considerations? Or do you look at the ingredients on the package?
Comparing the ingredients of different dog foods is a good place to start. There are several ingredients that should absolutely not be in a good dog food. These include corn, wheat, soy, and by-products.
But there are dog foods that contain ingredients that are good for dogs. But there are other factors that must be considered.
The age of the dog food is critical. Almost every dog food that you buy in a grocery store or pet specialty store has a 2-year shelf life. The nutrition has deteriorated in any dog food that is more than a few weeks old. The nutrition in a dog food that is a few months old has been significantly reduced.
You and your dog are far better off if the food is extremely fresh. You are assured of a fresh, nutritious, healthy dog food if the food has been shipped directly to your door with little warehouse storage.
Besides buying an outdated dog food from a store, you must be concerned about ingredients that are old when added to the food. It is very important that you are comfortable with your dog food vendor.
The vendor must focus on what is best for the dog and not what is best for their bottom line (their profits). Vendors whose dog food was recalled a few years ago bought tainted ingredients from overseas. Obviously, their focus was on improving their profits and not on improving the health of our pets.
There are many other factors to consider when you determine the best dog food brand to buy. I will cover more of these in later posts.
I recently read an article entitled, “Pet Nutrition Questions Part 4.” The author was Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM. She obviously knows what she is talking about. Here is a short quote from her article where she answers questions from readers:
From several viewers: What needs to be added to regular diets?
Dr. Campion: If the diet is complete and balanced, the work is done for you and you don’t have to add anything. Veterinary nutritionists and veterinarians spend lots of time (and money) to ensure every meal is nutritionally complete for your pet.
Dr. Crosby goes on to answer another question:
Is Home Cooked Better?
From CJW: Is it more nutritious to cook your pet’s food or to buy dry kibble with all the potentially undesirable additives? And if so, how do you know which vitamins to add?
Dr. Campion: You can be more confident with a pet food to provide all the vitamins and minerals your pet needs due to all of the research and development that has gone into the recipes. If you supplement a pet food with other things such as vitamins and minerals there is always a risk of unbalancing the formula with respect to the other nutrients.
The entire article can be read HERE.
I agree with the answers that Dr. Crosby is giving. A healthy dog food provides a balanced, nutritious meal for your dog. Adding anything to your pet’s diet can throw off this balance.
What kind of food do you feed your dog? I’ve said this before. I feed a very healthy dog food to my little guy. He is 8 years old, but people think he is a puppy. He walks 2-4 miles every day. He is never sick. It is hard to estimate how much money we have saved in trips to the vet that he has not needed. Have a great day, everyone!