Guide in Buying the Best Dog Food for Your Pets

Food is one of the basic needs of your pet dogs and puppies. Puppies need proper nutrition to help them grow healthy and strong.
Dog owners should stop feeding their pets with table scraps for dogs have different nutritional needs from humans. Certain foods should also not be fed to your pets like raisins, chocolates, onions and bread containing white flour.
The best way to keep your dogs get the nutrients they need is to buy them dog food. These foods for dogs are designed to help your dogs and puppies get all their needed protein, energy, vitamins and minerals.

Here are some tips when you are buying dog food:
• Ask your Veterinarian
Ask your vet about what type of dog food is best for your dog’s age and breed. Your vet might also help you out on feeding schedules or ingredients found on dog food that you should avoid.

• Look for the AAFCO Seal of Approval
The Association of American Feed Control Officials gives recommendations on some of the best dog food in the market and allows these products to print their sign of approval in their labels.

• Read the label
Dog food should contain a high volume of protein coming from meat products. Look for dog food that contains no chicken for your pets might develop an allergy to chicken. Also, do not buy dog food that contains “animal byproducts”.
Dogs also need fiber in their diet. Fiber rich foods like wheat, corn and brown rice should be given to your dogs in whole form and not as extenders or fillers used by many dog-food manufacturers.

• Avoid dog food containing too much chemical preservatives
Preservatives are needed to keep products have a longer shelf live and to locked-in and maintain all the vitamins and mineral. Vitamins C and E are good natural food preservatives. Food preservatives like Ethoxyquin, BHA and BHT can harm your pet puppies.
Take note of your dog’s reaction to his new food.
Take special note of your puppy’s reaction this food. List down things like: the amount of food that he consumed, change in stool consistency, signs of allergy and change of coat coloration or amount of shedding.
To learn more useful dog care tips and puppy grooming advice, please read our other articles at Dogs and Puppy Information.