Dog food – important selection criteria

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Feeding your pet properly is the key to making them live long and grow or age properly. Without species-matched nutrition, a pet cannot be fully healthy. How do you choose the right food? How to read the composition? What should be taken into account when choosing the right food? We are happy to provide you with answers!

What should my dog’s food be?

Dogs are primarily carnivores, but they are not absolute carnivores, so a dog’s food can and should contain a small amount of vegetables and fruit. A dog’s staple food, or so-called staple food, should consist mostly of muscle meat, but should also contain offal rich in minerals and trace elements, followed by vegetables, fruit and dietary supplements. A high meat content is essential. The second aspect is the grain content. Grains and cereals such as wheat, rye, rice, millet, corn and others contain starch and some contain gluten, which is not digested by the dog’s digestive system. Their presence in dog food can lead to diarrhea, painful colic, and even deposits in the intestines. Popular dog foods advertised on TV, which are supposed to make your dog’s poop healthy, are mostly made up of cereals, fillers and have only 4% of meat in them. When choosing food, always read the ingredients and look for the meat content, not animal products, because it’s not meat, but fat, rinds, waste from meat production and dairy products, for example

Dry or wet food?

A healthy and chewable dog should eat dry food first and foremost. Chewing and gnawing is a natural need that your dog fulfils at mealtimes, among other things. Whole food or complementary wet food can be used as a treat, filling for a toy or licking mat. You can also have a mixed diet of one or two meals of dry food and one of wet food, but this can result in undesirable behaviors, such as stopping eating dry food in favor of wet. If your dog has gum or dental problems, or simply already has significant cavities due to age or health, you can feed a diet of only wet food, which is easier to chew

Veterinary and specialty foods

There are times when a dog’s medical condition will not allow it to eat regular food. It could be a food allergy, a sensitive stomach, liver or kidney problems – the possibilities are many, but the solution is the same – specialized dog foods. However, be careful what you buy, because not every such food will be good and healthy and you may end up paying more than 200 zlotys for 50% potatoes in the food. Look for good composition, mainly meat and giblets, and not cloggers in the form of soy, corn, rice or potatoes. Unfortunately, there are veterinary foods on the market that are even vegetarian, and they are supposed to be the main food for carnivores. Here in the dilemma of dry or wet food, be guided only by the composition, the need to chew and oral hygiene can provide your dog in other ways

Taking care of a dog is not just walking, playing and stroking. It’s all about caring for the health of your four-legged family member and providing him with all his basic needs at the highest level. Never skimp on your dog’s health, because in the long run anyway, the cost of treating neglected conditions or the effects of poor nutrition outweighs the price of disease prevention, good food or a check-up at the vet

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