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11 Aug

Our 5 step guide to choosing the "perfect" dog food!

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Struggling to find the “perfect” dog food?

We’ve put together a 5 step guide to help

Step 1: It is the correct choice for your dog

You should consider your dogs breed, age, mobility and reproductive status.  Your dog’s physical characteristics, behaviour, and overall health are enormously important when choosing an appropriate dog food. Puppies and lactating mothers require more calories per day.  Older pets require fewer calories.  Some dogs breeds are more active and require more calories than dog who less active or mobile. Make sure you feed the correct amount to avoid health issues and possible obesity.

 

Step 2: Learn to read the ingredients

Keep in mind that the label lists ingredients based on Ingredients are always listed in descending order of weight (biggest ingredient first). Unless you are looking for a light or senior dog diet, meat should usually be the first and therefore greatest ingredient..

 Step 3: Is grain-free is right for your dog?

If you suspect that your dog has an allergy it is probably best to speak to a vet before switching to grain-free.  Unless your dog has severe allergy grains should be fine.

Excessive licking of the paws, scratching, vomiting, or diarrhoea can be signs your dog has an allergy, and a vet will help you find the answer. Even with a confirmed allergy it is often the food’s main protein (like chicken or beef) that causes it, and not the grains.

 

Step 4: Check the nutrition quantities 

The dog food nutrition label, like the nutrition facts box on packaged foods for people, is designed to help you compare products and to learn more about the food. 

 

Step 5: Research your chosen brand

After researching you will finally be able decide on a brand you feel is best for your.  You may want to research manufacturer to ensure quality control and appropriate sourcing of ingredients. It is not required that these things be listed on the label, so it’s up to you to give yourself some peace of mind.

 

Good luck in choosing the best food for your dogs.