How to Pick the Perfect Dry Food for Your Dog
by Ian Germann
One of the most important factors in maintaining a dog’s health is their diet. Choosing the right dry food for your dog can be a challenge, especially with so many options available. But fear not! In this article, we’ll show you how to pick the perfect dry food for your dog, with expert info from Evanger’s dog food specialists.
Understand Your Dog’s Nutritional Needs
Just like humans, dogs have specific nutritional needs that must be met to maintain good health. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) sets standards for pet food that manufacturers must meet to ensure their food is nutritionally balanced. When choosing dry food, look for brands that meet AAFCO standards. It’s also important to keep in mind your dog’s age, weight, activity level and any health issues they may have.
Many breeds also are prone to certain diseases and conditions. Golden Retrievers for example are likely to develop hip-dysplasia, so when looking for dry food, try to look for ingredients that can help prevent breed-specific issues.
All of Evanger’s Dry Food for Dogs are formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.
Check the Ingredients and Label
The ingredients in your dog’s food are crucial to their health. Look for high-quality protein sources like chicken, turkey, beef and fish. Avoid dry foods that contain fillers such as corn, wheat and soy. These ingredients aren’t easily digestible in dogs and can cause allergies, digestive problems and obesity. Check for artificial preservatives, colors and flavors as well.
Pet food labels can be confusing, but they provide important information about the product. Look for the guaranteed analysis, which lists the minimum and maximum percentage of protein, fat, fiber and moisture in the food. This information can help you determine if the food is appropriate for your dog’s nutritional needs.
Consider the Brand
Not all dog food brands are created equal. Look for brands with a good reputation and history of producing quality products. Avoid brands with many negative reviews, and especially be wary of brands that have been involved in numerous recalls.
With over 80 successful years in the pet food business, Evanger’s has kept to following the same tradition of uncompromising quality in delicious meals for dogs and cats. To this day, Evanger’s remains a family-owned and operated company and continues to be as innovative today as Mr. Evanger was when he first started making pet food.
Once you pick out a new dry food, it’s time to introduce it into your pup’s diet. When introducing a new dry food to your dog, do it slowly. Mix a small amount of the new food with their old food and gradually increase the amount over a week or two. This will prevent digestive upset and make the transition easier for your dog.
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