Start by learning about dog nutrition. Dogs
need a certain balance of nutrients to stay healthy. The various dog food
brands contain different levels
of protein, carbohydrates, fiber and fat. Learn the recommended amount of each
nutrient for your type of dog.
Understand how to read the labels. Just like
people food, dog
food ingredients are listed in order
from the most to least amount present. The label also lists the guaranteed
analysis–the percentage of each nutrient in the food. Another key element to
look for is the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO)
statement. Dog foods with this statement meet the association's guidelines for
complete and balanced nutrition.
Look for food that is geared towards your
dog's age and size. There are different types of foods for puppies, adults and
seniors. You can also find food for specific needs such as weight management and
Decide if you want to feed dry, canned or a
combination of the two types of foods. Each option has benefits and drawbacks.
Experts often recommend dry food, but it is an individual preference.
Pay attention to the serving size. Just like
will gain weight if they eat too
much. Read the serving guideline on the package. Discuss serving size with your
Know when it is time to change food as your
dog ages. When your dog is young, you will likely select food for puppies. Read
the package to see the age recommendations so you know when it is time to switch
to an adult food for needed nutrition changes.
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