The pet food industry has been growing over the years. The choices available nowadays are much more diverse than before. However, with so many different options available in the market, many dog owners are finding themselves in a dilemma when it comes to deciding what is the healthiest dog food they should buy for their dogs.
Are generic and store brands good enough? There are also the familiar brand names such as Purina and Alpo. What about the more expensive brands of dog food? Are they healthier choices? Some of these brands, such as Science Diet and Eukanuba, boast specially formulated ingredients. Do they live up to what they claim? Is it worth paying the extra money for these pricier brands? Many dog owners wish they knew the answers to these questions.
There are several factors to consider when choosing the right food for your dog. Different dogs have different nutritional needs at different stages in their lives. The following are some things to consider when selecting the food you’ll give your dog.
The Dog’s Age
Puppies have different nutritional requirements than adult dogs, just as human children have different needs than adult people. Senior dogs also have different requirements than younger adult dogs. Make sure that you select a food that is appropriate for your dog’s stage in life.
The Dog’s Health
Does your dog have a specific medical condition? If so, the food you choose may need to be partially dictated by that condition. Diabetic dogs need low-glucose foods and dogs with specific allergies (yes, dogs can be allergic to all sorts of things, just like people) may require certain foods as well. Your veterinarian can help you choose foods that are appropriate for a dog with a specific medical condition.
The Dog’s Size or Body Type
Some dogs are overweight. Some dogs are underweight. Some have a natural tendency to get lots of exercise while others tend to prefer to lie around a lot. There are, of course, small, medium, and large dogs as well as the ultra-tiny “toy” dogs. All of these different types of dogs will have different requirements for the type of food they need as well as how much of it.
Dog food can be expensive, there’s no doubt about it. And where dog food is concerned, the rule really is “you get what you pay for.” Low cost generics and store brands will lighten the burden on your wallet, but may not be the healthiest choice for your dog as they are made with cheap ingredients and lots of fillers. You should buy the best dog food you can on your budget to help ensure your dog’s nutrition.