Whether you have a brand new puppy or are a seasoned dog owner, you always want what is best for them. That’s why many dog owners stress over what food to provide their dogs. Is it better to give wet or dry dog food? What brands are the best? What ingredients are most beneficial? All of these questions might race through your mind as your peruse the aisles or you local pet supply store.
The good thing is, that despite some less than ideal brands, there are bountiful options of quality, healthy food for your dog available at most stores. However, instead of first listing off some of the healthiest dog foods on the market by brand, it can be more beneficial to help educate you on what ingredients you should be looking for and looking to avoid.
Check the Labels
When you are deciding between dog foods, always check the labels. Avoid any chemical preservatives that are controversial along with any food coloring agents. Here is a solid list of things to avoid in dog foods:
- BHA, BHT ethoxyquin, propylene glycol, sodium selenite (all chemicals)
- Onions, grapes, garlic avocados (these contain a toxin known as persin that can be harmful to your dog)
- Products from China (typically there regulations on ingredients are much more poorly regulated than the U.S.)
- Corn, wheat, soy, and beet pulp
- Meat, meat-meal, and by-products (these proteins are unspecified and no one wants to eat mystery meat)
Now that the “bad” is over with, let’s talk about some good ingredients. Look for dog food that contains a substantial amount of meat protein. Often it might be the first ingredient listed or various ratios will be given such as a fat-to-protein ratio (which should be 75% or lower). Also, mind the carbs. It should only be a moderate amount. Here is a list of things to look for in your dog food:
- Fish, chicken, beef, duck, liver, eggs
- Oats, quinoa
- Vitamins C & E
- Sweet potatoes, peas, carrots
- Omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine, chondroitin
- Certified organic (just a bonus that your dog’s ingredients weren’t treated with antibiotics or pesticides)
Type and Brand
With regards to the type of food, it often comes down to personal preference. Dry kibble is the most common because it lasts long, travels well, and is ready to eat. However, it does contain preservatives and fillers. Wet food offers great nutrition and fresh ingredients but is perishable. Ultimately the type of food is up to you.
Without further ado, here are some brands that are typically preferred by consumers when it comes to ingredients and overall healthiness for your dog:
- Fromm Family
- Merrick Grain Free Dog Food
- Nature’s Variety
- Taste of the Wild
- Holistic Select Grain Free
- Wellness Core
- ACANA Regional Formula
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