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Buying By-products, Soy & Corn Or Real Meat In Pet Foods?

May 10, 2008
Isn't your dog your best friend? You love your best friend, and you want him to eat food that is healthy.

Choosing the right pet foods for your dog is vital, but with so many dog food brands on the market ranging from all natural dog food, dry dog food, premium dog foods and so on, how can you make an informed decision about pet nutrition?

To compare commercial pet foods and pet treats from big brands such as pet food manufacturer Hill Pet and others, start by checking the ingredient list. This is a simple and easy way to take the guesswork out of feeding your dog.

Deciding on a dog food isn't as hard as you may think; just read over the ingredients to determine the pros and cons. You're on the right path if the first ingredients are human-grade whole meat, and you're being led astray if the ingredients are primarily corn, soy and other fillers and by-products.

More than likely your pet would pass on his dog food if he got to choose. What dog wouldn't skip the food and fill up on the delicious treats? No matter what, your dog would toss the diet food! However, if you choose foods and treats that are distributed in proper portions your dog will be much healthier.

Dog nutrition is about striking the right balance of food groups and vitamins and minerals for optimum health, and if you are among the growing number of pet owners who find their dog has food allergies, finding products with the right ingredients is crucial.

One of the most important factors in this argument is that everyone needs to do what is best for them and their pet. Most people know that natural pet foods are the best, like raw dog food, and some will only settle for organic dog food, but with time restrictions, cost, and nutritional knowledge, we need to find the balance.

There are several companies whose pet foods are formulated specifically to meet a dog's nutritional needs. Some dogs may require supplements, which will most likely depend on the dogs age and diet. Just like human nutrition, a proper diet will attend to all of your dog's nutritional needs.

To select the best dog food for your furry friend, read the ingredient list to find out what the first few items in the list are. Let go of the bag or can if the ingredients include by-products and just try another. To make it convenient for you to check, recalled pet foods make it onto a recall list.

Remember that dogs may enjoy dog food, but many dogs will eat chocolate and other unhealthy foods if they get a chance. One delicious treat for us that poses as a toxin to your dog is chocolate. This is why it is so important that you think about what effect these things will have on your animal before you feed him any treats.
About the Author
Author Rebecca Foxton wants to help you bring your pet brilliant health with Fortiflora. For an excellent source of nutrition tips for people with dogs and cats, visit her dog supplements article series on Dog Buffs.
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