What Ingredients to Look for in Your Dog Food to Keep Your Pup Happy and Healthy

Different dogs have different nutritional needs, that’s why it’s important to find the right dog food to keep them healthy. But with so many different brands of dog food, finding the right one can be overwhelming. Because we believe in promoting a healthy life for our canine companions, we wanted to help with some great tips on what ingredients to look for in your dog food to keep your pup happy and healthy.

Check the Ingredients

Making sure your pet is eating well and getting the vitamins and nutrients they need is an important part in ensuring they lead a happy, active lifestyle. But how do we make sure what they’re eating has the right stuff? Knowing what to look for is important, but often the easiest place to start is looking at the list of ingredients. Companies are required to list the ingredients that go into their product, and with dog food, ingredients are listed by weight. This means heavier ingredients like proteins will be at the top, while nutrients and vitamins will be listed at the bottom.

What to Look For

Protein, vegetables, whole grains, fat and omega 3 fatty acids are all important parts of your dog’s diet, so it’s important to make sure they’re among the listed ingredients in your dog food. But how they’re listed is important too, so here’s what to look for to make sure your pup is getting quality ingredients.

Protein

Beef, lamb, and chicken provide amino acids that help dogs live happy, healthy lives. Do make sure to avoid anything with vague descriptions such as “meat,” as these likely from a low-quality source.

Whole Grains

Like humans, dogs’ bodies metabolize carbohydrates from grains and utilize them as a source of energy. True gluten allergies are rare in dogs, so make sure they’re included on the ingredients list.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are a great source of vitamins and antioxidants, so keep an eye out for ingredients like blueberries, pomegranate and tomato pomace. Pumpkin is also a great source to keep their digestive tract moving well. 

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 fatty acids are key for healthy skin and brain function. Look for salmon oil and flaxseed on the ingredients list.

If you’re having trouble deciding on the right food for your dog, researching different brands can provide the information you need. Company sites are a great way to find information on sourcing and quality control. But for expert advice, we recommend consulting with your local vet.

Eating and Living Well the Dog Day Way

At Dog Day, Every Day! we believe in promoting a healthy lifestyle for our furry friends, that’s why we work hard to create a positive, active environment that promotes their well-being. We provide a wide range of services that cater to each dog’s unique needs. So, enroll today or call us at 513-860-DOGS (3647).

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