Every time you walk down the dog food aisle, you have to make a lot of choices about what is right for your dog. You have to consider so many things about dog food – what type, what brand, what dietary needs, what flavor…it can be hard to know what to choose. At Earth Pets Florida, we carry many high-quality brands, like Orijen dog food, and all are great for dogs. Here are a few guidelines to help you narrow down what to choose.
Choose Food With Ingredients You Recognize
The first five to seven ingredients are the most important in a dog food recipe. Ideally, these will be real animal protein, vegetables, and healthy sources of fiber and carbohydrates. Your dog may not be able to eat grains if they have a sensitive stomach, which is why many brands such as Orijen, make dog food that is grain-free. Instead, dogs get their carbohydrate and fiber needs from things like beans and starchy vegetables. Animal protein should always be near the top of the list.
Choose Food for Your Dog’s Stage of Life
Dogs need different amounts of nutrients depending on their age. Puppies need more support for their joints and bones. Elderly dogs don’t need as much energy. Dogs that are very athletic need food that is higher in energy than dogs that are couch potatoes. Be sure to consider your dog’s breed as well. Some dog breeds are more prone to things like allergies, so they may need a food with very simple ingredients that are easier on the digestive system.
Choose Food that Your Dog Will Eat
Another thing to consider is whether or not your dog will eat their food! No matter how healthy the food you choose may be, if your dog won’t eat it, they won’t be getting any of those nutrients. Dry kibble is often thought to be more holistic because it also helps aid in dental health, so look for a tasty dry dog food formula, like Orijen dog food made with fish or bison, or their dog treats made with wild boar.
At Earth Pets Florida, our staff can help you locate the perfect food for your dog. If you stop by our Gainesville store, we’ll help you find food that has ingredients you trust, made for your dog’s specific needs, and in a flavor they’ll love.