Your dog is your baby, your best friend. So let me ask you something. Would you let your baby eat nothing but greasy fast food and ramen packets for the rest of its life? NO WAY! So why are you feeding them nothing but wheaty Scooby Snacks and Big Macs from Mcdobermann’s all day long?
It’s not your fault. We all frantically google searched “best dog food brands” and got too distracted by cuteness overloads and puppy potty training tips to look more into exactly what ingredients were going into our dog’s food. But if you want a happy, healthy dog with a coat of fur more luscious than Fabio’s locks, then you’ll want to read carefully.
We’ve done the research and found the 7 key factors that contribute to healthy dog food, so you don’t have to!
Table of Contents
1. Avoiding wheat and looking for protein
Now avoiding wheat does not mean we are going to ask your dog to join the keto diet crew… Many dog food brands are loaded with processed grains and wheat, making your dog more tired during the day with the potential of developing some serious gastrointestinal problems. Bottom line, don’t load your pup up on carbs or he’ll be sleepier than Snoopy on the dog house.
2. Only buying human-grade food for your dog
Let’s put it this way. If I handed you a burger and told you it wasn’t human-grade meat but something called “feed” would you eat it?
So don’t “feed” it to your dog! Feed is a way companies can get around selling the meat that they weren’t able (or allowed) to serve to humans. You know, meat left over from the mutated, diseased, dying, and dead animals they have lying around. Oh yeah, and it might have euthanasia drugs in it too!
Give your dog enough of this stuff, and her stomach will be more twisted than Slinky from Toy Story.
3. Not buying any food with the word “meal” on the label
You wouldn’t eat a “feed” burger? How about one of our delicious chicken meal burgers? Chicken and Beef meal or “protein meal” is the rendered meat and by-products left over from discarded animals. This includes blood, beaks, feathers, plastic, and even roadkill. Please for the love of baby Air Bud, do not feed this to your dogs.
4. Finding fresh food ingredients
Sure, you and your dog can survive on $1 ramen and $.25 canned dog food. But you’ll come out of it looking like a chubby college kid and your dog will come out the same size and color as Clifford, the big red dog!
Some shelf and canned dog foods are so processed that they are left without any nutrients by the time they arrive at the store. In an attempt to still pass off the food as edible, it’s injected with artificial flavors, minerals, and vitamins so that you and your precious pup are tricked into thinking it’s tasty and healthy. If your dog eats too much processed food, it can result in digestive issues, weight gain, discolored skin, and can even lead to degenerative diseases.
5. Finding out what portions best fit your dog’s breed and lifestyle
A healthy, properly fed dog will almost always outlive his overweight or underweight counterparts. It is important to look up your dog’s specific breed and how much food he or she should be getting as opposed to the stereotypical ‘puppy’ or ‘adult’ servings. There are many other factors to look into as well such as how active your dog is and what their current weight is.
6. Staying away from those nasty preservatives
Preservatives may make your shelved dog food last longer but it lasts longer for a reason, it’s not real food! Unfortunately, some of these preservatives are also found in pesticides and yep, rubber. That’s one ruff meal.
7. Knowing which table foods are not safe for your dog
Avocado, Milk, Chocolate, Bread – do you know which of those foods your dog can eat and which ones will send them to the little doggies room? No worries! Click this link to check out some other things you probably shouldn’t be feeding Fido.
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