Basic Guide to Choosing Dog Food

What should I give my dog to eat? When it comes to buying a first dog, this is an issue that most people are concerned about, but it’s also one that takes a certain bit of flexibility. Do you want to learn more?  view more

A dog’s diet should be nutritious and well-balanced, as a bad diet can have a negative impact on your dog’s health and even cause behavioural problems.

Giving children too much sugary meals and soft drinks has been shown to be harmful to their health and teeth. I recall being tremendously energetic as a child after drinking a can of sugary drink, and unfortunately, our pets can experience the same thing.

It’s also vital to be cautious of what you’re feeding your dog because diets high in inferior meat, colourants, and sweeteners can cause unwanted behaviour. A healthy diet may result in fewer trips to the veterinarian, a longer life for your dog, and less financial hardship.

There are so many different kinds of dog food on the market that deciding which one to buy is becoming increasingly difficult. There are the well-known brands that are marketed on television, as well as those strange brands that you only hear about from friends and family, those available at your local pet store, and recommendations from your dog’s veterinarian.

Because dogs go through several periods in their lives, it’s critical to purchase food that’s appropriate for their growth (puppies), adult maintenance, pregnancy/lactation, and senior care (older dogs). Certain meals can be fed to your dog for the rest of his life, but please check all labels carefully. Last but not least, consider your pet’s lifestyle, any medical concerns they may have, and the environment in which they live.

Another frequently requested question is, “Should I feed dry or wet food?” The simple answer is whatever works for you and your dog. However, there are some basic concepts that we should all be aware of when selecting food for our best friend, since they can have a direct impact on health and behaviour.

Now, I want to be clear that I am not claiming to be an expert in dog care or that I have done extensive research on nutrition. I was only compelled to address issues about my own dog Lucy’s food intake and the influence particular meals were having on her behaviour because I was caring for her.

Lucy and I met for the first time at the Evesham Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue Center. I was allowed to adopt her after a series of visits. I’m not sure how long she’s been on the streets, but I do know she’s a nasty scavenger. Having to fend for herself for an extended length of time had to have an effect on her behaviour.