Compare Brands Using A Dog Food Comparison

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Compare Brands Using A Dog Food Comparison

by Janie Knetzer


A successful dog food comparison will require some basic knowledge of a dog's nutritional needs.

There is no doubt that dog owners have more options of food and treats for their dog today than ever before. The problem is that most owners are overwhelmed with so many different varieties and brands and choosing the best dog foods can be difficult.

Use the following information as a guide to your dog's basic nutritional needs.

PROTEINS

Protein is extremely important for a dog's muscles, skin, coat and nails.

The age and the level of activity of the dog will determine the recommended amounts of protein that your dog needs. Puppies, high performance dogs such as sled dogs, sick dogs and pregnant or lactating dogs will need higher levels of protein. Recommended amounts would range between 25%-35%. The average adult dog requires 18% of protein in his daily diet. On the other hand, dogs with kidney disease should be on protein restricted diet.

If your dog has kidney problems, always check with your veterinarian prior to changing his food or diet.

CARBOHYDRATES

While most prepared dry dog foods contain anywhere between 30-70% of carbohydrates, dog's actually need very little. The main reason for such high percentages of carbs in most brands of kibble is that the starch helps to mold and form the kibble itself.

FATS

Fats are the major source of energy for dogs and again the age and level of activity determines the recommended amount. Puppies, pregnant or lactating dogs should receive 17% daily. The average healthy adult dog should receive approximately 10-15%. Active dogs or high performance dogs require roughly 20% a day. Sled dogs of course require the most at 50% daily.

Most veterinarians recommend animal fats, however oils such as vegetable, canola or olive are also good sources of fat for dogs. These oils can provide the recommended 1% of Omega 6 a.k.a. Linoleic Acid in which a dog needs. Linoleic Acid is considered an Essential Fatty Acid meaning humans and pets must receive and consume it from dietary sources. Fats also promote a healthy immune system.

FIBER

Although not essential for dogs, adding fiber to his daily diet is very beneficial for his bowels and colon health. Fiber aids in constipation, anal gland problems and diarrhea. Good sources of fiber for your dog are pumpkin and Metamucil.

By understanding your dog's dietary needs you can achieve better results when completing your dog food comparison. Many consumer research magazines provide dog food reviews and ratings on popular brands which can also help. I strongly recommend comparing the all natural brands against the traditional commercial brands which is often a wake up call for many dog owners.

Along with her three dogs and husband, Janie resides in the Pittsburgh area. With over 25 years of dog handling experience, she shares many articles on the importance of dog care and canine nutritional health.

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