So you’ve carefully chosen your new canine companion, but what happens when you get him or her home and don’t know what to feed them? Choosing which food your dog eats is one of the most important decisions you will make for your pet as it will influence how it grows and how healthy it is. The world of dog food is a confusing place as there is so much choice; there’s dry dog food, dry mixers, tinned dog food, raw dog food and even frozen dog food. Then within these you also have variances which include natural dog food, organic dog food and stuff that contains preservatives and additives. As you can see, it certainly isn’t easy!
In general, when you buy your new pet you will be given a few days supply of the food and water that the animal is used to. This tends to be the case wherever you get your dog from, whether it’s from a breeder or a rescue center. Most people will stick to whatever they are given as the pet is used to this type of dog food but if you find that your dog starts to go off the food or has health issues such as allergies as a result of the dog food you are giving them, then you might need to think about changing it.
So what are the differences in dog food? Dry dog food has been baked and then dried into small cubes. The best thing about using dry dog food is that it helps to keep your dog’s teeth in good condition as chewing helps to promote a healthy mouth. Dry dog food contains all the recommended levels of vitamins and minerals so you can be sure that your dog is getting all that it needs from his food.
Tinned food is known as a complete dog food as it contains all the nutrients your dog needs to be healthy. Tinned food has normally been cooked with gravy or jelly added. It is classed as a ‘wet’ dog food and although it is packed full of nutrients, you need to make sure that the tinned food you buy doesn’t have too many artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
Raw dog food hasn’t always been the most popular form of dog food but has enjoyed a bit of a revival of late. This is because many dog owners have decided to stay away from grain based diets for their pets as they believe that this sort of food cannot be fully digested. In general, if you are feeding your dog a raw food diet you should stick to 80 meat, 10% bone or tripe and the last 10% is made up of vegetables, but you don’t need to necessarily stick to this rule.
Frozen dog food is a relatively new concept but all it consists of is packets of dog food that have either been cooked and frozen or just frozen. There are many variations available including chicken, chopped meat and tripe. All you need to do is defrost the food thoroughly and then you can feed it straight to your pet. As with all types of dog food, it is important to do your research before starting your dog on a frozen food diet as it may not be suitable for your breed of dog.
There is no right or wrong when it comes to dog food, it is more a personal choice. All types have pros and cons and it is important to be aware of these before making your decision. Take the time to find the right dog food for your pet and you can be sure that your dog will appreciate it and live a long, happy and healthy life.
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