Is Premium Dog Food Really Good For Your Dog?

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If you’re interested in premium dog food, I probably don’t have to tell you The Importance of Diet Keep your dog active and healthy.you already know You want something better than “average” For your furry friends.

But how much do you really know about the ingredients in good food and what your particular pet needs? I’m not a veterinarian, but I know a thing or two about health and nutrition. (As a family dentist practicing for twenty years, I have seen firsthand the impact of poor eating habits on human health – especially on human teeth!!).

Like you, your dog has to deal with the effects of stress, age, exertion, pollution, and food grown in nutrient-poor soil. Not like you, He has to get almost all his nutrition from one food. Sure, you can give him a few treats or the occasional table scraps (I hope not too many!), but otherwise he’s eating out of the same bag, or eating from day to day. You want him to get his complete nutrition from that food.

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Even the experts don’t seem to agree on what complete nutrition really is. Perhaps this explains why there are so many high-quality dog ​​food recipes. They do agree on one thing, though: High-quality dog ​​food is better for your pet than economy and grocery store brands. While you’ll pay more, you usually get what you pay for.

Experts agree, too, because quality food is more nutritious and easier to digest, your dog doesn’t need to eat as much. One study even concluded that if you feed your dog the amount recommended on each package, you’ll end up saving money on premium formula. That’s because your dog needs to eat much less. (You can save poop spoons too!)

Another way to know if your dog is eating properly Just watch him. Are his eyes bright, his fur silky and shiny, and his skin free from dryness and itching? Is he at a healthy weight? How is his energy level? This can vary from animal to animal, but when you get to know your animal, you’ll know when your dog doesn’t feel up to par.

Of course, your veterinarian should check for any ongoing health concerns, as should any special dietary needs. But overall, you’ll know if your friend is doing well on the diet you’re feeding him. If you see signs that he’s gone, try a different formula or another brand of high-quality dog ​​food.

Gradually introduce new foods, especially if you have a picky eater. While we’re on the topic, it’s always good if your dog enjoys eating his food. This has much less to do with taste than smell. Dogs have fewer taste buds than we do, but roughly 40 times as many odor receptors. So make sure he’s eating with gusto and not being a picky eater.
Here are some basic guidelines you can follow:

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Every dog ​​needs the right amount of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water. Your dog must have all of these in the correct proportions to stay healthy. Needs vary by life stage, breed, and activity level. Dog food companies make premium dog food for all life stages, from puppy to senior. An average adult dog needs about five ounces per ten pounds of body weight per day, with the following ratios of essential nutrients:

protein –23% of total intake

Fat –5% of total intake

carbohydrate –65% of total intake

Other vitamins and minerals your dog needs are: vitamins A, D, E, B complex, niacin, biotin, folic acid, choline, and pantothenic acid; calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium chloride, magnesium, Iron, copper, manganese, zinc, iodine and selenium.

It is generally believed that dogs do better on protein sources that are primarily meat rather than soy and grains. Check the label. All U.S. food labels must list ingredients in numerical order. If meat by-products are listed, they should come after the actual meat, not before it. Meat by-products are low-quality protein sources that are basically what’s left after the good meat is removed. “Crude protein” can be an equally bad source, as it can include parts of animals that aren’t even digested or absorbed by the average dog (hair, beak, etc.).

Omega Fatty Acids They are a hot topic in human nutrition today and have been found to be equally important in canine diets. Both should be present and in the correct proportions. Most premium dog food companies have researched this and adjusted the ratios, but as always, check with your veterinarian if you are unsure.

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You can buy quality dog ​​food in almost any form, but which is the best? Again, most experts seem to agree. Dry food is less likely to allow plaque to build up on the teeth, less likely to harbor bacteria if left on for too long, and leads to firmer, more compact stools. Semi-moist foods are convenient, but for some reason (I’m not sure what) don’t provide the same nutritional value as premium kibble or canned foods.

That said, I’ve also heard some arguments that eating dry food entirely may stress a dog’s kidneys. So, to be on the safe side, consult your veterinarian.

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puppy Requires more calories and essential nutrients than adult dogs. They need up to twice as many calories per ounce of body weight, and depending on the breed, they should get 25 to 30 percent of their energy from protein.

Most premium dog food brands take this into account in their puppy formulas, but it never hurts to check the label. By six to eight weeks of age, puppies should be fully weaned and on dry food on an ongoing basis. After that, different breeds reach mature weight at different rates, ranging from 9 months to 24 months. So it’s hard to give an age or weight at which you should stop your pet from puppy food. Again, your veterinarian can help here.

Also, remember not to try to “speed up” the growth process by overfeeding. If she grows too quickly, the dog can develop a bone growth disorder. A puppy should eat three to four meals a day as he grows rapidly and still has a small belly, but don’t overdo it.

aldult Dogs need to eat according to their size and energy needs, and should be fed two meals a day. This is often referred to as a “maintenance diet” by premium dog food companies.

Unlike cats, dogs are not strictly meat eaters. In fact, dogs are more of an omnivore and will eat just about anything, whether it’s good for him or not! A certain amount of plant matter is part of a dog’s natural diet. Dogs love vegetables like broccoli, carrots, zucchini, peas, and beans, as well as fruits like bananas, apples, and melons. These are great low-calorie foods too!

Something you should never feed your dog is chocolate – it contains a chemical called theobromine, which is toxic to dogs.

Advanced Dogs need quality dog ​​food to help stop and manage the effects of aging. Because the different breeds vary so much, it can be difficult to give an age range at which you should start switching to a geriatric diet. The ASPCA recommends using weight as a guide and provides the following:

Small breeds or dogs weighing less than 20 pounds: 7 years

Medium-sized dogs or dogs weighing between 21 and 50 pounds: 7 years

Large breeds or dogs weighing 51 to 90 pounds: 6 years

Giant breeds or dogs weighing 91 pounds or more: 5 years

The ASPCA recommends that you Start treatment before symptoms of old age become apparent。 Just like us, dogs begin to accumulate more fat as they age, even when they consume fewer calories. (At least we’re not alone!). Muscle mass tends to decrease, but that doesn’t mean you should lower your older dog’s protein intake. If anything, protein is more important than ever to help maintain muscle mass, so avoid advanced dog food formulas that are low in protein.

One of the things you want to feed him is fewer calories. Obesity Is a Real Problem in Adult Dogs, many owners don’t even realize their dogs are overweight. Aside from portion size and calorie content, one way to avoid an overweight dog is to refuse to give him table scraps. Most human foods are not good for your dog.

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What is your dog’s weight? You should be able to feel your dog’s spine and ribs with light pressure of your fingers, but not actually see them. If you have to “dig” to find them, your dog is overweight, if you can actually see her ribs, she is underweight.

If you’re not sure how much to feed, you’ll love the interactive dog food calculator on the PetsMart homepage! It is the result of extensive research published in scientific journals and accepted by industry experts. You can determine the correct amount of food to feed your dog and see how long a 40 lb bag will last!

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If you’re ready to feed a high-quality, nutritionally complete dog food, do you still need a supplement? This is another hotly debated topic.Usually, it seems that Most Dogs Do Well Without Supplements。 For some dogs and certain conditions, supplements can make a difference. For example, a dog that is not thriving and has no other medical explanation may improve with supplements. Or, dogs with certain skin conditions have been known to improve when given supplements.Since there is a danger of doing more harm than good, you should absolutely Discuss Supplements with Your Veterinarian.

If you decide to use one, choose a multivitamin made from natural sources and designed to be formulated just for dogs. That way she gets everything in the correct amounts and proportions. Add it to the diet twice a week so you don’t overwhelm or inhibit your dog’s own internal regulation mechanisms.

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There are many reasons for putting a dog on a special diet. Some dogs are very sensitive to certain ingredients in commercial dog foods. Even if you feed her the best quality dog ​​food, if your dog isn’t thriving, her diet could be her problem. Owners have adopted alternative diets — whole, raw foods, even kosher — to optimize their pets’ health. Some people choose these diets simply because they think they are better, not because there is anything wrong with their dog.

We will discuss special diets in a future article. By now, I hope you’ve gained some useful insight into the benefits of premium dog food over economy brands.

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