You wouldn’t feed your child fast food three meals a day, seven days a week. Your dog shouldn’t be any different. Paying close attention to what type of food you are feeding can contribute to a quality, happy life for your pooch. Use the following guidelines when selecting your dog’s dinner:
- Make sure to select a food that is appropriate for your pet’s size and lifestage. A diet designed for an adult Yorkie is not likely to be adequate for a Great Dane puppy.
- Look for quality ingredients. A good food will have a recognizable protein source as its first ingredient. Some people prefer not to feed animal by-products. Be sure to read the ingredient list thoroughly. If you choose to avoid synthetic preservatives for your pet, be aware that these preparations may spoil more quickly and feed accordingly.
- Check to be sure the food is AAFCO approved. If the food has been approved through feeding trials, this means that it has been shown to be nutritionally adequate by actually feeding the diet to real animals.
- Check to be sure that the manufacturer’s contact information is readily available. They should be happy to answer any of your questions or concerns regarding their diet.
Don’t forget, you are what you eat! Make sure your pup is getting the quality food s/he deserves! If you have any questions about your pet’s diet, feel free to contact us to discuss it.