How to choose food for your dog?
How to choose food for your dog?
Sometimes the dog does not eat the food when we give it to him, sometimes food is left in the bowl or the dog swallows the food and just waits for the sack to open. So how do you know that the food is suitable for your dog?
It is not always enough that the dog will not be hungry, the type of food we feed the dog and its quality has a direct and significant impact on his physical condition and health.
It is important to understand that the dog at the base is omnivore, which means that it has a high adaptability to the living conditions we offer, and a high ability to digest proteins from meat and plant sources, as well as the ability to digest grains.
The cereals are put in food to lower the food and to give it the desired shape, they have no real value for the dog, but the dog has the ability to break down the protein and vitamins found in them (unlike a cat that requires animal protein only).
In general, it is best to avoid foods with corn, because it has low digestibility and low nutritional value. It is better to stick to foods that contain brown rice, whole wheat, barley.
Today there are cereals -free foods, which mean that the other ingredient is rice or whole-grain rice, and more expensive are pansies and brown rice, which are relatively high nutritional value and high digestibility.
Vegetables such as beets, peas, carrots and yams are great for the dog - they are antioxidants with a natural source of essential vitamins and these are found in foods called "holistic food".
What is the recommended percentage of protein in a dog's food?
Puppies 24-27% protein
Adult dogs (ages 1-7 years) 24% protein
Adults / seniors (age 7 and older) and dogs with obesity problems 19-22% protein.
What's the difference between Premium, Super Premium, Ultra, and Holistic?
First of all it is important to understand that these concepts are the idea of food companies only, and these marketing concepts, there is no body that governs the difference between names. The only body that actually supervises the production of food for the dog is the American AAFCO. And at no point were the foods labeled by the familiar concepts (premium, holistic, etc.)
AAFCO is the American Association of Food Control Authorities, the only association whose purpose is to truly monitor the production, distribution and sale of pet food so that it is healthy, efficient and useful. Every company in the world that considers itself quality will want the AAFCO stamp on its food packaging.
In the foods companies that define themselves as holistic food, the first ingredient will be flour from a meat source, such as chicken flour, dried chicken, or clean and dried chicken. You will not find corn, soy, or whole grains (if you have cereal, it will be in less mainstream versions).
Foods that meet the holistic definition are proud to have vegetables that help the digestive system and with few pesticides (if any).
Super premium food, and ultra are usually foods that have been tested and monitored, super premium food has relatively high digestion, which means that the dog manages to disassemble the essential vitamins and his stool will be small and easy to collect.
Premium food refers to the relatively good raw materials, the product has vitamins, and prices are generally comfortable.
There are super premium food companies where the first ingredient in food is maize, in these foods the compensation for low digestion is by long cooking, which improves the absorption of grain.
Economical foods (cheap)
In economic food, most of the ingredients are from plants and from flour that comes from leftovers from the meat industry, which means that in order to receive the essential vitamins the dog must consume a large amount of food.
The difference is that the higher the quality of the protein, the more likely the source of the protein is natural and meat, and the cost is a vegetable protein and / or artificial supplement and therefore its absorption capacity is lower.
Omega 3 and 6
In order for Omega 3 and 6 to be absorbed in the body of the dog, their source must be natural. That is, when the Omega 3 and 6 are listed, check that the food contains fish or duck, which are the sources of omega. Artificial Omega evaporates within 3 days of opening the sack.
Therefore, it is not wise to have experience ... a little scary but true, the food that suits the neighbor's dog is not always suitable for our dog, and if appropriate then not always in the budget.
With respect, the dog should not eat more expensive food than its owner (if the dog is healthy and has no medical or allergic problem).
The important criteria are:
Food in a budget that fits your budget J.
Good feces, easy to collect, no bloating, no more than 4 times a day.
The dog fur need to ne bright and pleasant (yes, it can be so even if the dog eats bonzo, not every dog but can be).
Clean skin without redness, dandruff or irritation. If there are skin irritations, and if external factors such as flea, sand, grass (common) allergies or sunburn are excluded, the dog may be sensitive to gluten, which is mainly wheat. Food based on meat and rice will solve the problem, can be combined with Omega 3 and 6 supplement to restore the skin. In extreme cases, food based on fish or gluten-free beef will help. Allergy foods: Kinyar caviar, lamb / duck / fish, bush rice, Sensible rice, fish and potatoes, , Bono salmon and rice).
The first ingredients in the sack and its nutritional value.
Speed or slow in which the sack ends - a bag of 15-20 kg food for a dog at the level of holistic food / super premium food enough for a medium dog for a month and a half and a cheaper bag for up to a month.
It is wise to have experience and you need to trust yourself, and that no one knows him better than you, look at him and you will know.