Understanding Dog Food Ingredients

Understanding what goes into your dog’s food is a ‘must-do’ for any dog lovers. When you feed your dog with all different types of dog foods you want to make sure you’ve read the labels and understand what’s in it. There are a lot of things in commercial dog foods that you may not want your dog to be eating. Understanding what to look for is half of the battle.

You have your choice of fresh or dry dog foods. Fresh foods you prepare for your dog at home usually have ingredients like fresh-cut chicken pieces, blue-green algae, and cranberry juices.

If you should come across a dog food containing various types of preservatives and your dog develops a sudden case of food allergies, it’s probably one of the unwanted ingredients within that food item. By the same token, understanding about moisture in dog foods helps you to determine which one your dog prefers the most. There are different levels of moisture in different dog foods. Find one your dog really likes.

For a vegetarian dog food diet you’ll find the foods contain things like –

Iron Sulphate
Choline Chloride
Zinc Oxide
Calcium Carbonate
Soy Bean Oil
Pasta
Beet Pulp
Magnesium
Wheat Middlings

and maybe a few other things. For the non-vegetarian foods you’ll find things like –

Mutton
Beef
Quail
Chicken
Raw Egg
Fish

and more. One of the most essential ingredients for the nutrition of dogs is ‘Taurine’. Thiamine is an ingredient added to frozen fish in dog foods. A lot of dog food preparations will contain essential fatty acids, fiber, carbohydrates, and vitamins like A,D,E, and B-complex.

Minerals such as zinc are also a crucial ingredient you want for your dog. It’s good for healthy skin and calcium. The calcium will encourage good bone growth and muscle tone.

The ingredients listed above in this article are what you want to look for in your dog foods. Some of the dog foods containing these ingredients may cost a little bit more but are well worth it for the health of your dog. If your pet is truly your ‘best friend’ then never skimp on the kind of foods that will keep your friend healthy and happy.

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