The market for dog foods is highly saturated by brands boasting different formulations and ingredients, promising different results, and a whole lot more. Undeniably, this makes it hard for most dog owners to decide on which dog food they should get for their furry friend.
There are a lot of factors and points to consider when choosing the perfect diet for our dogs.
Good thing, we’ve outlined them on this article for your reference. Here some of the factors you need to consider when deciding to what dog food your dog gets.
Nutritional needs of dogs vary with age.
Puppies (1-year-old and below) have more specific nutritional needs than adult or senior dogs.
Balanced kibble is available to meet these specific needs of puppies. It is important to meet these dietary requirements since they are very vital to the early stages of growth and development of puppies.
You can introduce other foods to them but in incremental steps because you don’t want to upset their stomach. Avoid raw meat for they may cause infections as their immune systems are not yet that developed.
Adult dogs (1 to 8 years old) are recommended to be fed 1 to 2 times a day. Commercial dog foods are available for dogs that meet their daily nutritional requirement. Cooked meat, vegetables, and fish can be given but not in excess.
For senior dogs (older than 8 years) requires more attention when it comes to their food. Smaller portions are recommended but the frequency should be increased. It is also to seek help from a vet about your dog’s specific nutritional needs.
Some dogs vary in size depending on their age. This goes directly with their nutritional needs. The ideal body size/weight for dogs is for them to be lean; meaning, their ribs can still be felt through a slight layer of fat and their waist are well-defined.
Overweight dogs can be prone to other diseases like osteoarthritis and decrease their life span.
Dog breeds affect their size, some breeds are larger or smaller than others regardless of their age. Some dog foods are tailored for specific breed.
Some breeds have smaller mouths – so choose a dog food that have small cuts. Their breed and size also determine their energy expenditure and energy requirements, so it is important to check these when buying.
4. Health Issues
Some dogs have specific conditions, diseases, or allergies that prevent them from being able to eat most of the commercially available dog foods. Wet dog foods are also available as an alternative for dry dog food when your dog is suffering from tooth or mouth problems.
5. Dog Food Ingredients
Brands differ on so many aspects when it comes to dog food.
Oftentimes, more expensive premium brands contains higher quality ingredients. They might cost slightly higher than popular brands but they justify their price by giving your dog the correct nutritional needs, and better absorption.
Most importantly, make sure to check the ingredients before you buy since they might contain allergens and ingredients contraindicated for your dog’s health status.