As you step into a supermarket and look at the multiple racks that are stacked with different brands of dog food, you would certainly be intrigued, thinking which would be the best dry dog food for your loving furry friend. Here is a quick and simple guide to help you choose the best dog food for your pet to keep it healthy and active.
Things to expect from the best dog food
When you plan to buy dog food, all you expect from the food is that it will reduce skeletal dysfunctions, eliminate gastrointestinal troubles for the pup and then at the same time will make the coat shinier, and make the skin quality good. The best dry dog food would have the right balance of protein-based ingredients and grain-based ingredients to provide the right diet to the dog.
Percentage distribution of ingredients to be checked
No matter how appealing visuals are printed on the packets of the dog food, you should not get tempted or lured towards them just by the pictures of the thickly cut meat pieces or dew-laden vegetables. Spend some time on the ingredients section of the packet and find out if the ingredients are good enough for making this dog food a healthy one for your dog.
Ideally, the best dog foods offer about forty percent protein, i.e., meat in some form or the other, about 50% vegetables or grain-based ingredients like corn. The remaining 10% should be carbohydrates. You should be paying very special attention towards the percentage distribution of the various ingredients to be sure of the fact that all necessary ingredients are there in the right proportion and not much of fillers are being used in the dog food.
Do not have any prejudice for manufacturers
There are hundreds of manufacturers who claim to be manufacturing the best dog foods and advertise their products in a very attractive manner. Some manufacturers also have earned the reputation of making the best quality dog foods and their products are very popular amongst the dog lovers.
You should not get carried away by any preconceived notion about the manufacturer and should select only that manufacturer’s product, which you feel is offering the right ingredients in the right proportions. You can also get the names of certain good manufacturers from the veterinary doctor who sees your dog regularly and tries them out.
Beware of Premium and Natural products
When you look at terms like ‘Premium’ or ‘Natural’ on the food packet, you should be taking a deep dive to understand that why the manufacturers are using these terms. Premium does not necessarily mean that the dog food is of the best quality, as that is a comparative term that is used by the manufacturer against the base quality of the product that they manufacture. If the base quality of the product is of inferior type, it is imperative that the premium quality would certainly not be of the best grades.
Similarly, when the manufacturers use the term ‘natural’, they include diseased, dead or disabled meat in that. It is certain that you would not want to feed your puppy with such kind of meat. Thus, if you see the term natural meat on the packet, you may want to check in details as in why the manufacturers are using the term ‘natural’.