With so many options in the dog food aisle, it can seem like a daunting task to choose the diet that is right for your dog. The first thing you need to know is that you are the best person to decide. After all, who knows better than you, the person who loves and cares for your dog every day?
When choosing a dog food, there are a number of factors to consider. First, evaluate your dogs’ health, age and breed and whether he has an active lifestyle or is a couch potato.
Think about your dog’s health
Next, assess your dog’s health status. Does your dog have any signs of poor health such as a dull coat, upset tummy, joint discomfort, ear infections or persistent scratching? Is your dog at a healthy body weight? If any of these are a concern then it may be time to consider switching foods. Many health issues can be supported by a change in diet.
Consider the quality
The quality and safety of the food you select is of utmost importance. Select a brand that sets extremely high quality and safety standards for their food and all of their partners. A manufacturing facility that undergoes inspection by government officials and third party auditors means that it meets very high standards of sanitation, cleanliness and good manufacturing practices.
Look at the ingredients
When it comes to ingredients, select foods that have their ingredients sourced from trusted partners as close to the manufacturing facility as possible. This ensures freshness and reduces the environmental impact from transportation. Whole food ingredients, like fresh meats, fruits, and vegetables, provide the essential nutrients, antioxidants and plant-based nutrients to support optimal health. Look for foods which are naturally preserved. It is also important to select a food that has detailed nutrient information readily available.
Lastly, what kind of support does the brand you choose provide? Can you pick up the phone and talk to someone who can help you with nutritional problems or questions?