What is Actually in Your Dog’s Food?
Have you ever really taken a proper look at what is actually in your dog’s food?
See All About Dog Food
This could be kept really short and sweet and just point you in the direction of a very useful independent website that rates and scores all of the main brands of dog food on the market today, All About Dog Food.
If you don’t want to read on then at the very least take a look at this site you will find a few real surprises, everyone does, and it is a good start to understanding more about the foods and their ingredients. Here is the web address www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk
This, of course, is a very in-depth subject but to give you an idea of what you are looking for, the first aspect to look at is the ingredients list.
Quality is key
There are a number of points to take into account when it comes to quality and what you are actually paying for. Ingredients are listed in order of quantity, highest first. If they start with a type of grain, rice or wheat, you are paying mainly for a filler.
Secondly is the type of meat the food contains. If it is saying meat derivatives, then this is made from all the poor quality parts of a carcass that have no other use. These are just two main ingredients to consider. Again take a look at the website above for the list of ingredients explained.
Grains are cheap fillers
Do dogs need grain? Quite simply, No. It is a cheap filler and grains, like wheat and rice, can be the cause of both intestinal and skin problems, not to mention that the high carb content can make dogs hyperactive. How many people reading this will instantly say the could do without that?
Do dogs like chicken?
Another surprise is how many dogs are actually sensitive to chicken. Considering Chicken and Rice is probably the go to flavour for most, these are often a significant cause of both skin and intestinal issues. If you dog is having any issues, first of all remove both of these from their diet and replace them with salmon or turkey, both very ‘inoffensive’ protein sources that often do not cause an upset.
This all means that unfortunately a better dog food will cost a little more than you might be paying because a good dog food will contain more meat, which is the more expensive ingredient.
Dogs will survive but not thrive on poor quality foods and you are always running the risk of ailments further down the line. Don’t forget about the quality of their treats too!
Benefits of changing to a good quality food.
- The clean up – easier to pick up and less of it.
- Little to no wind – You can enjoy your evenings in front of the TV more, but have no one to blame.
- Potential for long term savings, even if the foods cost slightly more, due to better all-round health throughout their lives.
- Can help to calm a hyperactive dog
If you would like to discuss this further please feel free to visit us at Inner Wolf, Wistow Rural Centre where we will be happy to advise. We love talking about dogs! Our in-store Pawoints system will help make savings on their food too.
For more in depth information checkout our blog www.innerwolf.co.uk/blog/