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Comparing Dog Food Brand Labels:Not Exciting But Still Important

May 1, 2008
Sometimes I envy my dog. While I'm busy juggling the day's unending problems, he's enjoying a good nap or exploring this, that, or the other thing. What he isn't telling me is that I might spend a little more time taking his needs into account, including making sure he's getting proper nutrition.

Some dog food brands can be better for your pet than other brands. We want our family friend to be with us, at least for a typical dog's lifetime. You can feed your pet a brand of food that really isn't all that good for them. While outwardly they appear happy every day, and probably are, illnesses such as kidney problems are not often detected until the end stages when it's too late to anything about it.

Label reading and big shopping decisions, while lived for by some, can be the slow boring death of us others. Many of us simply don't know enough about nutrition and dog food allergies to make a proper dog food comparison. Many times we just pick the one with the happiest dog on the label, assuming that will be our pets subsequent joy from eating said food.

Most pet food labels contain a wealth of information, some of it required by law. But it's up to us to take the time to figure out the importance of the various ingredients in terms of our pet's well-being. You'll want to take into account such factors as your pet's weight and age and perhaps even it's breed in comparing between brands. A petite dog may have trouble chewing or digesting food intended for a very large dog.

It should be mentioned at this point that a good dog, is in much need of two other things to be successful at his job: Love and Play. Be sure that as your doing all this information gathering you don't forget to go toss the ball a few times and express the gratitude you have to this friend who walks you around in life.

It's very rewarding to just sit back at times and watch your dog attend to it's very important daily chores. Scratching, sniffing, digging, barking and a host of other activities. Dogs even seem happier when they know you're watching them even though they may be ignoring you or at least pretending to. Just spending a little time watching your pet is reward enough for the effort you take in maintaining it's health and well-being.

It's really not too much work to attend to the basic needs of your pet, including nutrition needs. It's just that sometimes we don't know quite where to start or what to look for. So read the labels again and you'll begin to get a feeling for what's better for your dog and maybe what's not so good. Some dogs are allergic to certain ingredients and once you have that knowledge you can narrow your selection.

So now when you walk down the dog food aisle, past all the boxes with each box showing a happier dog than the previous box, you'll have a pretty good idea of which brand is a good one for your best friend. Don't forget some treats from time to time. Like table scraps, don't overdo it with treats, just give your dog a couple from time to time as a \"treat\". By the way, table scraps aren't a very good idea, both in terms of nutrition and in terms of ending up with a chronic beggar at the dinner table. Treats don't cause this problem and are generally healthy.
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