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Better Food For Our Best Friends

Thursday, March 12, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

You’re in the supermarket and heading down the pet food aisle. It’s very easy to look at what’s on sale and which brands are the cheapest but is that the best choice for your pet? It isn’t  and to keep your pet healthy, it’s best to spend a little more and give him higher quality food. Would you be healthy eating only fast food? Here is a guideline outlining healthy ingredients in dog food.

Overall, there are some key ingredients to look for when choosing healthy dog foods for your pet.

  • Real Meat Options. Finding dog food with real meat is ideal. Canines are carnivores and require meat to satisfy not only their hunger, but also their natural instincts. The label should not simply state that it contains meat or poultry, and should instead verify what type of animal the meat is coming from, such as lamb, chicken, or beef.
  • No Fillers. Fillers include things like cereal by-products, corn bran, and peanut hulls, among others. These fillers may fill a dog up quickly, but they add very limited nutritional value.
  • No Artificial Preservatives. Artificial preservatives are chemicals put in dog food to make it last longer. It is unhealthy to consume, and plays a major role in many health problems for pets.
  • Vegetables. Dogs need vegetables just as humans do. It is best to look for a dog food that lists some type of vegetable within the first few ingredients. The only one that should be avoided is corn, as this is difficult for dogs to digest and typically used as a filler.

The best brands of dog food offer key ingredients, and do not possess the typical filler options that many popular brands on the market have.

Remember, your pets count!

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