All dog owners attempt to feed their dog the best food that they can afford. Many owners will fee their dog whichever brand has the most commercials on the television. When trying to choose the best dog food brands it can be a daunting task. All you need to do is to walk into a grocery store and browse the pet aisle to realize just how many brands of dog food there are on the market. We will try and narrow your choices in which are the best brands of dog food.
The first step to finding the best dog food brand is to step out of the grocery store. Unless your grocery store carries higher cost dog food then you will not find the best dog food at the grocery. Specialty stores are usually where you need to look in order to find the best dog food brands. The one thing that you need to prepare for is that purchasing quality dog food will cost more. On the other hand, once your dog is receiving the proper nutrition it may not need to eat as often.
The next step, or steps, to uncovering the best dog food brands will take some research on your part. You can do some of your research on the internet, but you will need to physically check the ingredients on bags of dog food for most of your research. The list of ingredients on the bag will tell you all that you need to know about dog food, pay no attention to commercials or even the claims on the front of the bag, just check the ingredients. We will discuss what you need to be looking for in that list.
The first ingredient of a quality dog food should be a named animal such as chicken, fish, duck, or lamb to name a few. If the first ingredient is whole grain corn then you will want to avoid that brand. The next item you want to look for is a specific source of meat; you want a specific animal and not a generic source. For instance if you are looking at a food brand that says it contains poultry, animal meat, or any other general meat you should avoid that food. You are again looking for things like salmon, chicken, or the name of actual types of animals. You want to avoid any food that uses chicken, or any poultry, by-products. This means that they have used the ground remains of slaughtered poultry, which could include feet, beaks, necks, and even feces. Do not purchase any brands of food that add artificial colors, tastes, or preservatives to their food. Any of these ingredients will immediately tell you that their food has been found to be inedible by dogs and they have had to flavor so that a dog would consume the food. You should also avoid any brands that use fillers; they will show up as corn, wheat, and soy in the ingredients. The best dog food brands do not use fillers in their foods.
Once you start doing your research into the best dog food brands, you will quickly see the difference in brands. Your first clue to the quality of a brand will be the cost, you can then move to the ingredients. Once you check the different ingredients in normal dog food, and then in one of the best dog food brands the difference will stand out.