Pros And Cons Of Dog Food Choices
There are many dog food manufacturers and they produce many different types of dog foods. The dog food can be specific to a size and breed of dog. It can be dry or kibble, semi moist or canned. Any of these foods can contain the proper nutritional values necessary for any dog.
There are many brands of canned dog foods on the market. Most dog owners buy food based on what the dog likes. Do not judge the dog food based only on what a dog seems to like. The label will list the nutritional value and this is what is important. Most of the best canned foods are poured into the can like soup and it contains enough gelatin to make a solid substance after processing. These foods average about 70 per cent water and about 450 calorie which is enough nutrition for a fifteen pound dog. To relate this to breeds; an active cocker spaniel requires 2 cans per day and an English Setter, weighing about sixty pounds, would require about 4 cans per day. Canned dog food is not always the most economical food for larger breeds.
Kibble or dry dog food is palatable to almost every dog. These foods consist of approximately half cereal ingredients and half foods of animal origin. The cereals may be corn or corn meal, wheat flakes, bread meal, soybean meal or peanut meal. The products of animal origin may be meat scrap, fish meal, liver meal, or mixtures of dehydrated organs, skim milk powder and other such organic materials. Vitamins and minerals are added to make sure that recognized dietary essentials are included in the food mixture. Many dry dog foods are not high in fat and fat is an essential part of a dog’s diet. It is possible for a dog owner to melt any wholesome edible fat such as roast drippings, margarine, chicken fat, roasting fat or used lard and pour it over the dry food. The fat should be mixed approximately one part fat to four parts dry food. Some fats, such as bacon grease may be great tasting but they contain a lot of salt and nitrates, which can be harmful to dogs in large amounts.
Semi moist food is also an option for feeding dogs. It is moist and chewy and designed to resemble hamburger or chunks of meat. It is tasty for dogs and more convenient than canned foods in many situations. In the past there was a concern regarding the extra sugar used as a preservative in semi moist dog food. Studies have been done to test the effects of sugar on dog’s teeth and no ill effects were reported. The teeth remained sound and as healthy as any other dogs in the kennel.
When choosing a food for a dog, there are many factors to consider. The breed and energy level will determine the caloric intake necessary. A food can then be chosen to meet this need. The dog owners own budget will determine which category will be fed. All types have good brands and poor brands and it is up to the dog owner to read the label and choose the best for the dog.