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The 3 Best Ways To Choose The Right Dog Food

Written by Jimmy Rustling

Taking care of a dog involves a lot of details that have to be thought out. There are lots of details you need to take care of to keep them safe such as pet insurance. Being proactive to ensure that they are not only safe but also less likely to get sick is extremely important.

To keep them healthy you have to focus on things like exercise and nutrition. Getting them a certain number of hours of exercise per week will help them avoid getting sick. As well as getting them the right dog food since their nutrition is very important. In this article, we will go over what it takes to be able to choose the right dog food to keep your dog healthy.

1 – Talk to your vet

Your vet may have some recommendations about the food and even the brand of food that you should be giving your dog. This is good if you want to not have to do much of the leg work yourself. However, if you feel that you know your dog best and want to take things into your own hands, you should still visit the vet before doing anything.

They will let you know what problems your dog breed usually faces and what nutritional needs they have. The weight and age of your dog also factor into which nutrients and minerals they need to have in the dog food you give them.

Knowing where to start looking from a nutritional standpoint will help you choose the food yourself since you will know exactly what you are looking for. If your vet has an animal nutritionist on staff then this is even better since they have more resources to help you understand the nutritional needs of your dog.

2 – Know your choices

You know your dog better than anybody and understand how they like to eat. This not only means the times of the day that work best for you but also the type of food they prefer. There are many different types of food that you can give them and they will all depend on the preferences of your dog as to which is best.

For instance, you can get dry dog food that has all the nutritional needs your dog requires. Yet, they may not want to eat dry food. There is the option of getting dry food that can be moistened with water or broth. There is food that is wet already that has a texture that some dogs enjoy. There is even fresh food that has to be refrigerated simulating eating real meat or vegetables.

3 – Read the labels

 Many dog food brands have opted into a standardized type of labeling system. This makes it much easier to find what you are looking for. The key thing to look for is the first two ingredients that are listed.

The first two or three lines should be meat-based ingredients since these make up the highest percentage in the formula and are what dogs need the most.

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Jimmy Rustling

Born at an early age, Jimmy Rustling has found solace and comfort knowing that his humble actions have made this multiverse a better place for every man, woman and child ever known to exist. Dr. Jimmy Rustling has won many awards for excellence in writing including fourteen Peabody awards and a handful of Pulitzer Prizes. When Jimmies are not being Rustled the kind Dr. enjoys being an amazing husband to his beautiful, soulmate; Anastasia, a Russian mail order bride of almost 2 months. Dr. Rustling also spends 12-15 hours each day teaching their adopted 8-year-old Syrian refugee daughter how to read and write.