How to Choose the Healthiest Food For Your Dog

Some dogs would really eat anything, even the content of your trash.

That’s why you have to make sure they don’t chow down on everything they can get their paws on, and offer them a healthy and balanced diet.

Today, there are lots of different dog foods.

However, it is important to choose a food that fits your dog’s lifestyle.

Most importantly, your dog’s food should contain a balanced mix of nutrients and should provide your pet with the amount of energy he needs depending on their size and the exercise they do.

Of course, you need to consider your budget while choosing the best dog food.

You can choose between croquettes, specialized food for certain problems, or even organic pet food or home-made diet.

Whatever choice you make, you need to ensure that you give your dog a healthy and consistent meal that will allow him to grow and provide him with the required energy.

Remember, any sudden change in your diet can cause stomach upset to your dog; it is better to always give him the same food to keep him in good shape.

Croquettes or Mash?

Good quality industrial dog food (croquettes or mash) contains a balanced mix of all the nutrients needed to keep your dog happy and healthy.

It will also provide your dog with the energy your dog needs based on his exercise and muscle activity.

Your veterinarian can help you find the most suitable food for your dog, but keep in mind that the best is to choose food that has been designed specifically to meet your dog needs.

Remember that most food companies are very good at persuading us to buy their products using words like “natural” or “premium”. You need to be careful because these words can be printed on any package and may not meet any standard.

Choose food that’s right for your dog’s lifestyle and always choose the most expensive food you can afford. The benefits of this diet will soon be seen on the health, appearance and energy level of your dog.

Keep reading to discover the pros and cons of different types of food as well as some suggestions to help you choose the best for your dog.

Croquettes

Advantages:

Croquettes are generally cheaper and are sold in larger quantities, which avoids trips to the supermarket.

It is very easy to store croquettes, they can be kept very long.

They clean the teeth better than the mash by eliminating plaque.

They can be used as rewards during training exercises.

Disadvantages:

The croquettes are much less humid than the pâté and the older or sick dogs tolerate them less than the pâté for example.

Mash

Advantages:

It usually contains high-quality protein and few preservatives and fillers.

It usually contains fewer calories and carbohydrates.

It is best for dogs with sensitive gums, missing teeth, misaligned jaws or small mouths.

It can be a good source of hydration, especially for dogs that do not drink enough.

Sick dogs that have lost their appetite or sense of smell may prefer the mash (it usually feels pretty strong).

Disadvantages:

Once opened, the mash has a very limited shelf life.

The mash usually sells in small quantities, which means that you will often have to go to the supermarket.

The mash does not clean the teeth of dogs like kibble, so it is better to ban it for dogs that are prone to dental problems.

When feeding your dog, make sure he always has a bowl of fresh, clean water. A dog that eats kibble will have to drink more water at the end of his meal than a dog who eats mash (which contains more water).

How to optimize your dog food to improve health

To optimize the quality of your dog food, there are essential foods that need to be present in his diet. Let’s take a look at them:

Bones

Have you ever wondered why wild wolves have beautiful white teeth? This is because they chew good big animal bones that still have their cartilage and soft tissue attached.

If you want something extra nutritious for your dog, opt for a raw, empty and light bone.

The bones should be ones that your dog can eat and swallow safely. You can visit your pet store to get this kind of treats and they are both very cheap and very tasty.

However, you need to keep an eye on your dog when eating a bone, there is always a risk that it will choke, even if the label says it’s a safe one.

And remember, chicken bones are a no no. They can splinter and cause your pooch all sorts of issues.

Eggs

Yes! Eggs are egg-cellent nutritional supplements for dogs.

If you regularly give your dog an egg, you will soon notice an improvement in their hair. The egg should be put in its bowl and care should be taken to avoid ending up with a sticky puddle on the floor of your kitchen.

Cooked eggs or raw eggs?

Some will tell you not to give raw eggs to your dog because of the risk of salmonella.

However, salmonella is very rare in dogs and unless the egg is broken when you buy it or pick it up, everything should be fine.

If you want to give your dog an egg, give him the shell as well. He will be delighted to chew on it. You can also break an egg on top of your dog’s food.

Fish

Fish is a great source of protein and Omega 3. Omega 3 is an important compound that promotes brain development.

So, you never know, your dog may show signs of superior intelligence if you add a little from fish to his diet. However, it is important that you remove all the edges as that can cause problems when they swallow.

Remove the edges.

Some people advise giving raw fish to dogs as part of the raw diet, but we recommend cooking the fish and removing the bones so that your dog does not get injured. Bones can damage your dog’s mouth or digestive system.

Cook the fish before giving it to your dog

It is very important to cook the fish before giving it to your dog. Even if some people decide to give their dog raw whole fish, we recommend cooking the fish to kill any dangerous parasites. Some fish, especially salmon, contain parasites that are extremely dangerous to dogs.

A dog that only feeds on seed-based dog food (i.e. the majority of middle-priced dog foods) may show signs of poor health.

Your four-legged friend needs more than that. Give him eggs and meat so he can blossom and become stronger.

Diet is a determining factor on your dog’s health. So, we strongly advise that you go for dog food with premium quality and adapted to your pet’s needs (age, size of the breed, activity level, and specific condition such as overweight).

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