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Choosing Food for Your Dog

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

There are many things that you need to think about when you are bringing a dog into your home. One of the most important things to think about is the type of food that is going to be best for your dog. Many dogs do well on many different types of foods, so you’ll want to do your research and decide what the best type of food for your particular dog is going to be.

It is important to look at the ingredients of the food, when you are choosing a brand of food. Don’t be distracted by fancy packaging, or by what the food says on the front. Everything that you need to know about the food can be found in the ingredient listings. First of all, you want to look at foods that list real meats and vegetables as their number one ingredients. Remember that with dog foods, ingredients are listed by what occurs the most often in the food, so the first thing listed is going to be the biggest ingredient. You want to look for a food that has real meat listed first – followed by real vegetables. Meats that have “meal” listed after them should really be avoided, as these might be any type of by product from the meat, and might not be what you are looking for at all. Also, any by products or chemicals are not what you want to find in foods.

After you have chosen a brand, you need to decide which type of food from that brand will be best for your dog. You have two main choices – canned food, which is usually wet or dry food. It is important to know that a well balanced diet should really include some of both. Dogs need dry food because it helps them to keep their teeth clean, and the wet food can often be more full of nutrients than the dry food. However, you can choose the type of meal that works best for you.

If a dog is fed wet food, the dog should not free feed on the wet food, because it cannot be left out that long, or it will spoil. Therefore, something that you want to do is make sure that you feed the wet food on a type of a schedule. If you are only feeding wet food, you’ll want to feed your dog twice a day. You can feed him more often if you feed him smaller meals, but be sure that you stay on a schedule because your dog will come to depend on that schedule and won’t want to change it. If you feed your dog dry food, he can free feed, but only if he doesn’t eat too much. If you allow him to free feed and he eats too much food, he can easily gain weight and become unhealthy.