13 Tips To Find The Best Dog Food

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13 Tips To Find The Best Dog Food

Like people, dogs are individuals. A good dog food may be suitable for a dog but may not be appropriate for another dog. For example:

  • A Setter who goes jogging with his owner every day needs a lot more calories than the Labrador who stays at home all day.
  • The diet that contains a percentage of fat to keep a dog warm through a cold winter would be deleterious for a Shi Tzu who suffers from pancreatitis.

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Every food on the market contains different ingredients and a different ratio of macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrates) and you have to choose the food that is best for your dog.

Access to our dog food selector and find out the perfect food for your dog.

Features to attend to before choose a dog food:

1. Age: choose a dog food that’s nutritionally appropriate to your dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior).

2. Breed size: nutritional requirements vary according to your dog’s breed size. Consult our articles about nutritional needs of small, medium and large/giant dogs and find out more about the requirements of your dog.

3. Body condition: consider if your dog is overweight or underweight. Choose a food suitable for your dog’s needs, whether it’s weight control, performance, maintenance, or other.

4. Health history: if your dog suffers from diabetes, allergies, tumors, or digestive problems, you need to select a food that is appropriate for that condition. You should consult your veterinarian assistant.

5. Dog’s preferences: Some dogs prefer dry food, some canned. Some dogs prefer chicken, some prefer lamb. Today’s market offers lots of well-formulated dog foods for dogs at all life stages.

6. Look strictly at ingredients: check the ingredient list on the back of the bag. Look for dog foods with meat, fish, or eggs listed as the first ingredient. High-quality ingredients are vital for a healthy food.

7. AAFCO statement: Dog foods should be labeled as ‘complete and balanced’ and must meet standards established by AAFCO.

8. Exercise level: The more a dog exercises the more energy he requires to consume.

9. Growth: a food with a higher protein rank, but a moderate fat level is ideal for growing puppies. Obese puppies are prone to degenerative joint disease.

10. Environmental conditions: Dogs who live outside in rigorous cold temperatures need more energy than dogs who enjoy a temperate climate.

11. Pregnancy and lactation: Pregnant females in the final third of pregnancy and nursing females require more energy. At that moment, you should give her a puppy formulated food.

12. Neutering: neutered dogs have reduced energy requirements. It has been suggested that these dogs put weight due to better appetites and/or reduced activity levels.

13. Other factors: temperament (nervous or calm) and skin, fat, and coat quality.

After you address all these features and choose a dog food suitable for your dog you should take a look at him after he has been on the new food for at least 30 days.

You should expect your dog to have:

  • Bright eyes
  • Shiny coat
  • Good body condition
  • Good energy level

These 4 characteristics will let you know you are doing a good job bout your dog’s nutrition.

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About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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Why was the Dog Food Selector created?

Each dog has unique needs... The approach "one food for all dogs" isn't the more suitable. Dogs have different sizes, different life stages, unique breed characteristics, health conditions and a few other factors... Choosing the right food for your dog may help him or her life a longer and healthier life! We exist to make that task easier for you.

How does the Dog Food Selector work?

It's quite simple... It's a 1-2 step process. You just have to fill in the form with your dog's characteristics, like gender, age, size, activity, health conditions and a few other important data and click "search". Then, you'll see a list of dog foods with the highest review score. If you wish you can see all the detailed review of each individual dog food.