Buying Premium Dog Food 101

Buying Premium Dog Food 101

So you​ are wondering if​ the​ dog food you​ are feeding is​ really good for your canine.

Maybe you​ heard that your particular brand of​ dog food is​ bad for your dog.

Here I will try to​ explain what to​ look for as​ well as​ the​ ingredients and how they measure up to​ what you​ are currently feeding. Please keep in​ mind dog food is​ essential to​ their health as​ for most it​ is​ their main source of​ nutrition.

Some easy tips are:

Do not buy dog food that contains BHT or​ BHA,​ they are chemical preservatives and could be harmful.
Do not buy food that has by-products in​ it; these are often left over from is​ given to​ the​ human market. That means by-products could be feet,​ intestines,​ necks etc.

Grains that are often difficult to​ digest like corn,​ wheat,​ gluten and soy,​ are often used as​ a​ protein source instead of​ meat. – This is​ not healthy and in​ addition can cause allergies.

Now we get into the​ fun part!

The first 5 ingredients play a​ significant role in​ the​ overall nutritional make up of​ a​ dog food

What are the​ protein sources? I believe the​ primary source should come from quality animal protein,​ not vegetable protein or​ grain. Foods that list 2 or​ more grains in​ the​ first 5 ingredients may have more vegetable protein than animal protein.

What about grains? Two or​ more grains listed in​ the​ first 5 ingredients means your food may have more vegetable protein than animal protein. Grains such as​ soy,​ corn,​ corn gluten and wheat gluten can be difficult to​ digest,​ which means less nutrition and more clean up.

Are there by-products? Some manufacturers consider by-products inferior sources of​ protein and,​ depending on​ the​ source,​ they can be difficult to​ digest.

What are the​ fat sources? Some fats are better than others. We believe the​ primary fat source in​ dog food should be animal based because animal fats contain a​ profile of​ fatty acids that are easily metabolized and thus are generally more available to​ the​ body.

Look for an​ identifiable animal protein such as​ "chicken meal" rather a​ generic term; such as,​ "poultry meal,​" which can contain any fowl (turkey,​ chicken,​ geese,​ etc.).

Some manufacturers use chicken in​ their pet foods; however,​ look for Chicken “Meal” Why? Because chicken meat contains a​ certain amount of​ moisture in​ the​ flesh; however,​ chicken “meal” is​ a​ concentrated source of​ chicken protein because most of​ the​ water has been removed. Therefore,​ it​ only stands to​ reason that you​ get a​ greater “protein content” in​ 1 pound of​ chicken meal versus 1 pound of​ chicken.

Make sure your dog food has bacteria cultures (acidophilus) for easy digestion. Look for vegetables and fiber for anti-oxidants protection,​ vitamins and minerals.

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