What dog food is the best? Ask a veterinarian and you’ll get one answer; ask a pet nutrition expert and you’ll get another. Ask your neighbor and you might get a long-winded speech delivered with as much passion as a door-to-door encyclopedia salesman.
Getting a useful answer does require looking beyond the slick dog food commercials and acquiring a little knowledge of what to look for in a good dog food brand.
With this goal in mind, I wanted to give you some practical information on what you should be looking for when trying to determine the best dog food.
Partial Ingredient List of Two Typical Brands
I will begin by listing the first two lines of ingredients of two typical pet food brands. We will refer back to these lists throughout the article:
Whole grain corn, poultry by-product meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), corn gluten meal, meat and bone meal, brewers rice, soybean meal, barley, whole grain wheat, animal digest…
These products make cheap fillers for many commercial pet foods. In some cases, they replace the animal protein sources, which are more expensive. These foods are very difficult to digest, are the causes of many allergies in pets and are incomplete sources of protein.
As you can see, Brand 1 has several of these ingredients (whole grain corn, corn gluten meal, etc.) The second brand avoids these ingredients and includes whole vegetables and fruits.
No article of mine would be complete without sharing my belief that a diet of homemade recipes is the best for your dog’s health. Fresh, homemade recipes fulfill all of the above criteria, are fun to prepare, and give you maximum results for your pet.
I urge you to become more informed about this way of feeding your pet. However, if I am unconvincing continue to read up on dog food ingredients and dog food ratings. Finally, use the above principles to determine the best dog food on the market.