Dogs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are bigger than their owners. Some are small enough to fit in handbags. There are also dogs that have health problems and those that have special dietary needs. Of course, dogs need different foods during different stages of their lives as well. It is essential that a dog’s needs be considered when choosing the right dog food type.
What Can the Dog Digest?
A dog should never be given food that it cannot digest properly. Digestion begins in the mouth, so the condition and size of the dog’s teeth should be the
first consideration. If the dog needs tartar removal as part of its diet, look at foods that offer oral hygiene care. If the dog is missing teeth or has no teeth, choose food that the dog does not have to chew.
From there, look at the dog’s digestive issues as outlined by its veterinarian. If the dog has no problem digesting normal dog food, go with that. If the dog has digestive health issues, choose dog foods designed for easy digestion. They should be labeled as such.
How Old is the Dog?
Puppies need food that helps them grow. Older dogs need food that helps them eat without discomfort. Nonetheless, the breed, size and overall health of the animal will still come into consideration when deciding whether to buy puppy chow, food for animals in their prime or food for elderly dogs. If a veterinarian feels the animal is getting all of the nutrition it needs with regular dog food, trust the vet. If the animal is having coat, tooth, digestion or growth issues or is showing signs of disease, talk to a vet about the best diet for the animal’s age and condition.
Check the Preservatives
There is a lot of emphasis placed on finding natural preservatives in human food. Dogs are put at the same risk by chemical preservatives, so it is a good idea to find dog foods that have all natural preservatives and are vitamin enriched. This can help ensure that the meat in the food is of a better standard than chemically preserved dog food as well.
View selection of a variety of dog cuisine to make the rightchoice for a dog’s needs. Read labels carefully and be aware of adog’s health and needs before choosing to make a food a regular partof its diet.
Consideration was given for the editing, approving, and posting of this article by Amanda Green