Sunday, February 27, 2011

How many stars does your dog's food earn?


Choosing the right food for your dog and your budget can be a daunting task.  Labels can be
misleading and the price does not always equal the quality.  I know when I first started shopping for dog food, I was overwhelmed, not only by the aisles and aisles of choices, but also by the long list of ingredients.  


Did you know you can learn a lot about a particular dog food just by looking at the first ingredient?  Ingredients must be listed by weight, so the first ingredient should be meat, not corn meal.  If you continue to skim over the list, watch out for by-products, suspicious chemicals, or plant-based protein boosters.  


Improving your dog's food can not only give them a longer life, it can improve their quality of life.  Some dogs have allergies to certain ingredients which can cause hot spots among other issues.  Switching food is an easy, affordable solution to try.


If you do change your dog's food, be sure to do it gradually by slowly adding the new food to the old.  Increase the amount of new until there is only the new food.  This is important because sudden changes in diet can cause stomach upset.


Dry or canned?  This depends on your personal preference as well as your dog's.  It also is
dependent upon your dog's needs.  Personally, I think a combination is the best choice.


I often get asked what I feed my dogs.  After much research, I decided on Costco's Kirkland brand dog food.  It gets a 4 star rating from dogfoodadvisor.com and they have done way more research than I.  My dogs love it and so does my wallet!  But, it is not the only good food out there.  You just have to do a little research and read the ingredient list.


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