Buying dog food isn’t as simple as picking the first pet food you lay your eyes on. Just like you, your dog needs to get the right balance of carbohydrates, fats, minerals, proteins, and vitamins to maintain good health.
Before you head to the nearest pet store, take a look at this guide created by a Dubai pet food company.
Choosing an Appropriate Diet
Your dog will go through different stages of development and will have distinct needs during each stage.
- Age appropriate diet – Young puppies will have a different diet compared to adult dogs. Moreover, as your pet gets older, he will benefit from ingredients that help with joint care. Worry not, there is specially formulated dog food for your pet’s every life stage.
- Combination diet – This involves a mixture of different dog foods. Some pet owners prefer to combine dry and wet dog food. A combination diet is okay as long as your dog still gets the right nutritional balance. Just make sure that when feeding a combination diet, you do your research and tailor it to your canine’s needs.
- Weight appropriate diet – Check and see listed ingredients based on weight in dog food labels. By knowing this, you can decide what dog food your pet needs based on his weight. For instance, you may want to buy dog food that contains protein as its main ingredient.
With so many options for flavors, it can be hard to decide which one is right for your dog. When it comes to selecting a dog food flavor, the following are three key considerations:
- Your dog’s preference
- How easily your dog can digest it
- The benefits it offers
Often, chicken is a popular choice as it’s gentle on a dog’s stomach and is easy to digest. Canines with sensitive stomachs usually get on quite well with chicken-flavored dog food. Other flavor options you have may include lamb, beef, duck and salmon.
Every dog food flavor has slightly different benefits. For instance, oily fish is good for your dog’s coat as it’s a good source of omega-3 and omega-6. However, it still boils down to how well your dog likes a particular flavor and, more importantly, gets the benefits he needs.
Wet vs Dry
One of the things you need to decide on when buying dog food is whether to go for dry or wet food. For comparison, you’ll find the advantages and disadvantages of both in the list below:
- Easy to clean and not as messy as wet dog food
- Get more for your money since you can buy in bulk
- Convenient to measure to your desired quantity
- Lasts longer than wet food
- Some dogs may not enjoy dry dog food as it’s not quite as appealing as wet dog food
- More appetizing for dogs as they tend to prefer it over dry food
- Messier than dry food
- May contain more animal derivatives
- Made up of 80% moisture which means your dog can only get 20% goodness, making it more expensive than dry food
Budget vs Premium
Don’t sacrifice your dog’s nutrition just to save a few bucks. High-quality dog food is definitely worth investing in as it typically includes better quality ingredients. When you choose to buy a less expensive brand, chances are, it won’t contain as much protein, for example.
What makes cheaper dog food a low-quality product is because it tends to use cheap ingredients and fillers to bulk up the food.
Besides choosing the right type of food for your dog, not overfeeding is as equally important. At the moment, canine obesity is a huge problem with pet owners giving everything to their dogs. Most owners fall easily to their dog’s pleas that they don’t realize they’re feeding their canine too much.
It’s crucial that you strictly follow your vet’s recommendations as well as the manufacturer’s guidelines. This will help prevent obesity and ensure that you’re feeding your dog the right amount he needs. And much like food, exercise is essential for your pooch. That’s why it would also help if you have good and spacious landscaping where your dog can exercise as much as he wants to burn off extra calories.
Always remember that when it comes to showing love to your pet canine, his health should be your No. 1 priority. This way, you and your pup can look forward to spending more happy years together.
Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.