Best quality dog food will keep your dog healthy and her coat nice and shiny.
Whether you buy high end specialty dog food with organic or natural ingredients, or make your own pet food from dog food recipes, your dog's health will reflect your efforts--good or bad.
So how can you make sure that your dog is getting the very best diet that you can give her?
Many veterinarians advise that, if you buy pet food with good ingredients and a label that says that it is "100% complete and balanced", you will be pretty safe.
However, not everyone agrees...
The best quality dog food will use high quality ingredients.
Dog food companies have been very clever at listing lower quality dog food ingredients used in their formulas. Some ingredients are not familiar to most of us. Others are disguised by big words that don’t sound anything like the true ingredients used.
For example, here are some of the tricky ways that dog treat ingredients may be presented on a dog food package:
There is a lot more to giving your dog the best quality dog food than just healthy ingredients. The ingredients must also be combined to form a balanced formula.
However, using good ingredients is a healthy start. Here is a list of healthy dog food ingredients that you should find on the package of the best quality dog food:
Of course, if a dog food manufacturer uses organic dog food ingredients, all the better.
Medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or even allergies require that you be more careful about the pet food that you feed to your dog.
If your dog has a medical condition or has special dietary needs, or if you have chosen to put your dog on a vegetarian dog food diet, there are books available that will help you with making sure that you are giving your dog a balanced diet.
If you are planning to cook for your dog on a regular basis, make sure that you learn about dog nutrition and the requirements for a healthy dog diet.
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