Capture(16)_Capture_1When buying dog food, keep in mind, that a dog needs to eat more poor quality food than higher quality food to maintain...

Dog’s don’t know how to cook, so in my opinion, a mostly RAW diet is best, giving your dog the important nutrition they require. Fresh chicken parts, meaty bones or mince meat, etc., add to that a high quality dry kibble or canned food to help stretch those dollars.

To find a great dog food, visit one of the smaller pet shops or speciality food shops. These shops usually carry a wide range of the healthier dog food like Raw, Natural, Holistic and Organic. The shop owners are full of information and are happy to share their knowledge with pet owners.

When buying dog food, keep in mind, a dog needs to eat a larger amount of poor quality food to maintain caloric and nutritional needs. Therefore buying cheaper, lower quality food can be something of a ‘false economy’, particularly when taking into consideration the potentially increased likelihood of health issues. Also, the better quality of food that goes in, the less that will come out.

There are some ingredients on a label you want to avoid. Corn, soy, bone-meal, any by-products, chemical preservatives and wheat.

A healthier dry kibble will have meat as it’s first ingredient.

This is what a good “dog food” label should look like. In the GUARANTEED ANALYSIS, look for the Protein content to be at least 30 percent, the Fat to be at least 18 percent, preservatives to be Vitamin E and/or C and look for Omega Fatty Acid to be present. Just be aware, big dog food companies can make the label look like this, but have ingredients that are not good for your pet.
I find the dogs here in Australia eat really good! Lots of RAW food available, even in grocery stores. All my clients have their dogs on at least a half RAW diet.
I like this link showing in detail how to rate your dog’s food, plus it’s already done the homework for you and rated other foods.