For most dog owners, the actual challenge about keeping their pet healthy is not grooming but nutrition. Every dog has its peculiar food predilections. But as a pet parent, it is your responsibility to feed your canine with a healthy and nutritious diet. A common advice that every dog owner gets, is to feed their pet the “Complete and Balanced” grain-based diets.There’s nothing wrong with such diets, the problem is these diets might not be suitable for your dog. Veterinarians argue that the commercial dog foods based on grains can have an adverse effect on the health of these canines. A healthy dog food is an ideal mix of proteins, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Most of the meat based dog foods make the best diets for your pets. So, finding healthy dog food is as important as finding the right pet.
A brand like Purina was dragged into the lawsuit of using harmful ingredients in their healthy dog food supplies that caused kidney failure problems. Even after the lawsuit, their products are still available in the market. Lesson to learn from this case, is even if a dog food is marketed as all natural or premium, absence of any strict regulation makes it difficult for pet owners to find a truly healthy dog food.
How to select the best healthy dog food?
As a pet parent, it’s your responsibility to provide healthy and high quality life to your dog. You need to learn to read between the lines to find the best healthy dog food. Most of the dog food brands that make use of Chinese sourced ingredients should never be believed. There is a reason why China-sourced dog food was banned in the United States in 2007. The substandard quality of bad ingredients puts life and health of the dogs in danger.
It does not mean that all the dog food manufacturers in America are top notch. There are poor quality food suppliers in the US as well. This is because the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) makes the standards for ingredients to be used for pet food; however, the quality assurance is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Ingredients sourced from the rendering facilities should be neglected. If the label has a generic name for ingredients like meat or meat meal, then it’s a clear indication of low quality dog food. Such a label description does not provide you enough information about an ingredient such as what meat is used in the product; is it meat from zoo animals, road kill or some spoiled meat bought from grocery stores?
Why to select the healthy dog food on your own?
As a proud dog owner, you need to take every step possible towards ensuring the health of your pet. Healthy dog food advertised over the internet, TV and print media can just be some cheap quality garbage sourced from a poor manufacturing unit.
A food marked as safe does not mean a healthy dog food for your pet. As your pet is a unique individual his need for healthy food means the right combination of protein, fiber, moisture, fat, vitamins and minerals. A packaged dog food with no proper indication of the percentage of each ingredient can actually have these ingredients in wrong combination that can cause all sorts of health problems for your canine friend.
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