Your dog's diet is essential to ensure they stay healthy, happy and looking great.
We love our dogs very much and we always want the best for them don't we? A diet is just as important to our dogs as it is to us. So when we choose what food we are going to feed them, it's definitely not something we can take lightly. There are so many choices that it can be quite overwhelming to know where to start! That's why we came up with this 5-step guide to help you choose the best food for your dog's diet.
Step 1. Life Stage
What stage is your dog in? It's very important to know that dogs have different needs at different stages in their lives. That's why feeding them appropriately will make a world of difference. For example, if you feed an adult dog puppy food, it may become overweight. But if you feed a puppy adult food, it may not be getting the high amount of calories, proteins and other nutrients that are essential for their growth.
Step 2. Food Types
Apart from different foods that are created for different life stages, there are also various food types. These are: wet canned food, semi-moist and dry food. What is best for your dog will vary from dog to dog. Consider trying out different types of food to find out which one is best for your dog, but dry food is the recommended type most often.
Step 3. Switching Between Foods
After you've chosen a new food for your dog, understand that it will take time to switch over to the new food. So consider making a slow transition (7-10 days) over to the new food as a sudden change can make it hard to digest. Slowly mix in the new food with the old and gradually add more of the new till the old food is phased out.
Step 4. Ingredients
High quality ingredients are naturally going to be the most nutritious not just for you, but for your dog too. Foods with meat, fish, or eggs listed as the primary ingredients are going to be the healthiest for your dog. We understand that high quality dog food may be slightly more expensive, but it will mean your dog will be getting much more nutrition than it would from the cheaper brands. Also keep in mind that just because a brand of food is more expensive, it does not mean that it is always of higher quality.
Step 5. Checking Your Dog's Health and Progress
After a month on the new food, it's wise to check how your dog has adapted to it. Bright eyes, shiny coat and good energy levels will be indicators that your dog is getting the right nutrition from the food.
And there you have it! 5 steps towards a healthier and happier dog if you're looking to choose what food is best for your dog's diet. Happy feeding!