How To Choose The Right Food For Your Dog

How To Choose The Right Food For Your Dog

You’ve made the huge step to add to your family, you’ve found plenty of toys and treats but you’re feeling overwhelmed at the masses of doggy food out there. It would be much easier to know where to start if we could take requests from our dogs, but at least for now, it’s up to owners to make the right choices for their furry friends. 

Here are a few tips as to how to find the right food for your dog:

Know How Much Your Dog Weighs 

How To Choose The Right Food For Your Dog

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It is very important to know how much your dog weighs, so you know how much food to give your dog. 

However, if your dog is really overweight or underweight, there are certain dog food products that are available to help in these situations, you can find specialist weight gain or weight loss dog food online easily. Maintaining your dog’s weight is vital for their overall health and can leave many problems later on if it is not addressed. 

Consider Your Dogs Age 

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All dog owners are aware that the diet of a puppy and an adult dog is very different. Though, you wouldn’t know it with the way dogs of all sizes can hoover a dirty kitchen floor or wash plates left of the side.  

It may be worth considering your dog’s age if they are an older or more senior dog too. An older dog may have issues eating certain types of food, leaving tummy pains or problems swallowing. You can ask a vet about what to consider in a tailored diet for older or younger dogs.

Research The Breed Of Your Dog

How To Choose The Right Food For Your Dog

Not all dogs are the same, even if they are all blooming adorable. In fact, each dog breed can almost be completely different animals to the next one. From their fur, to their body mass and bone structure, they are unique.

You wouldn’t feed the same diet to both a Pomeranian and a Mastiff, unless you want a very gassy Pom or a hungry Mastiff. 

Larger dogs may need more protein and raw meat to maintain their muscles. Fluffier dogs may need more oils to keep a shiny coat, and short hairs may need to eat certain foods to minimize leaving trails of hair everywhere.

Talk To The Vet For Advice

How To Choose The Right Food For Your Dog

Sometimes it can be so overwhelming to know what food to get your dog, there are so many variables and questions. But it’s something that you can mention in your next vet appointment. 

It’s even more stressful if your dog goes have underlying issues with their health, as food can impact on this. A vet can recommend if wet or dry food works best and generally what kind of meal with mostly benefit little Fido’s health.

Look Into The Manufacturer

How To Choose The Right Food For Your Dog

Not all dog food manufacturers provide good quality food for your dog. Some dog foods can cause health issues and unwanted trips to the vet.

While price is always a consideration, it’s something that must be weighed against what food your dog is eating. There are plenty of dog food manufactures that create natural and organic, or even raw food. If you do your research into the company and have a look into what actually goes in their products, things will turn out just fine.

Focus On Dietary Needs

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Just like humans, dogs can have complex needs and will need to eat based on their dietary requirements. What we put in our bodies can have a direct affect on our inner and outer health, it’s the same for our doggy friends.

There are plenty of options there to suit a number of doggy needs. You can find food based on if they have issues with protein, urinating, wheat and much more. There are companies that specialise in tailored diets, but it’s another think you can talk about to your vet if you want trusted recommendations.

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About the Author Kiri Nowak

Hi, I’m Kiri. I am a writer and love what I do. But I couldn't do it without my dog by my side. I have always loved dogs and they have been the topic of a lot of my writing. It has become a passion of mine to share my knowledge and help people give their dogs the best life possible.