How To Choose the Perfect Dog Food
When I first moved out of my parents home I would purchase the cheapest dog food available at Wal-Mart. Since then I have learned how big of a mistake that could possibly be… but it depends on your dog’s situation.
We are constantly surrounded by brands! Should we purchase brand name or off brand? I used to have an app on my phone that would rate how healthy foods are… it turns out the name brand oatmeal received WAY better ratings than the off brand oatmeal. Guess what? They both had the exact same ingredients, and they were both processed to the same level!
It seems like Purina is always bragging about how great of a dog food they have. I mean it has to be the best because we hear so much about it. Well it turns out Purina dry dog food isn’t that great at all… if you are wanting more details see Dog Food Advisor. They aren’t affiliated with dog food companies in any way, privately owned, the creator has a doctorate degree in a different field.
My mother has always raised dogs. At one point she was having Diamond dog food delivered to her door! As a teenager, and two months before Christmas my Red Merle Australian Shepherd had the cutest litter of 9 puppies! This isn’t a picture of her, but this dog looks incredibly similar. She even had one blue eye, and one eye that was blue and brown. Her Christmas puppies started dying! I think it was 2005, and Diamond had a dog food recall. Also, when I started researching Diamond dog food recall’s I realized they have had many of them! I was traumatized that Handi’s puppies were dying. I WILL NEVER EVER FEED ANY OF MY PETS THIS FOOD AGAIN. Those poor puppies. Was it really the dog food? I will never know, but we never had this happen again.
After I purchased my first Boston Terrier I made sure to research dog foods before giving my new puppy some. I want her to be in the best shape possible since she will eventually be having puppies. It turns out the local coop has Pro Pac Puppy for only $32 for 44 pounds. (This Pro Pac Link is showing a 28 lb bag) My female Boston is only 17 lbs now, and it took her 6 months to go through a whole bag! You can see this dog food’s rating here.
What should we consider when purchasing dog food?
- Will it be your dogs only source of energy?
- Will your dog be raising puppies? Pregnant dogs need to eat puppy food… low calcium is detrimental on the birthing process. If you want to help your dog while she is in labor consider cottage cheese or Calsorb gel. There is some controversy on whether the calcium should be given when your dogs temperature drops before labor or if it should be given during labor.
- Does your dog eat other meat? The more other healthy sources of food your dog eats, the less the quality of your dog’s dry food matters.
- Your dog probably won’t be eating any vegetables unless it is in dog food, although I have heard that green beans are a great weight loss tool if you have an obese dog.
- Affordability? Do you have a local feed store coop?
Do you feed dry dog food, wet dog food, or meat scraps? What kind of dog food is your favorite?