Dog Food

Dog Food

As a pet owner, is there anything more satisfying than watching your dog enjoy a tasty meal? Dogs love to dine on great tasting food, which is why it is so important that you feed him or her dog food that is both delicious and full of nutritional benefits. Choose from dry food, canned food, and raw food to help give your pet everything he or she needs for a long and happy life.

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You are what you eat. That's true for not only us but also our dogs. It is best to feed your dog a diet of premium dog food that contains high quality digestible protein, without meat by-products, indigestible fillers, dyes or chemical preservatives. A high quality, balanced diet will result in health benefits such as a shiny, sleek coat, good muscle tone, sparkling alert eyes, and an overall glow of health.

It is best to feed your dog a diet of premium dog food that contains high quality digestible protein, without meat by-products, indigestible fillers, dyes or chemical preservatives. Even though premium food may cost more, your dog will eat less, be more satisfied and you will be able to see the results – glossy coat, shiny eyes, smooth skin and alert expression – with your own eyes.

Dry food is very convenient and economic. If you choose dry food, the premium brands provide high quality nutrition and are definitely worth the additional cost.

Canned food contains more moisture because it is manufactured from fresh meat; it is very digestible and contains no preservatives. Dogs almost always prefer canned food to dry food, but it can get expensive with larger dogs who require larger amounts of food.

Some more feeding tips:

  • Labels should be taken as basic guidelines that can vary widely according to activity level, size and metabolism of a dog.
  • Most adult dogs do best if fed twice daily. This avoids overextending the stomach. Divide the total ration into two equal portions. It is particularly important to feed smaller meals to deep-chested dogs that may have a tendency to develop bloat or stomach torsion.
  • Limit strenuous exercise or play before and after meals, especially for breeds prone to bloat.
  • Avoid spilled food and water and teach your dog to sit before you put the food bowl on the floor. Deep-chested and large dogs should have their food and water bowls placed just under neck height.
  • Never free feed. Many dogs will overeat if food is constantly available. They also may be more finicky about their food because they are never really hungry at mealtime. Let his gastric juices and digestive system take a rest in between meals.
  • Allow 15-20 minutes for your dog to eat his meal and remove any leftover food.
  • Keep children and other pets away from your dog while he or she is eating.
  • Don’t tease your dog by pretending to take the food dish away.
  • Always make sure his for her food is fresh and food bowls are washed with soap and water. Dogs will eat canned food even if it has gone bad.
  • Add a little hot water to canned food when you remove it from the refrigerator. Top dry food with a little canned food, unsalted meat or chicken broth for extra palatability.

No matter what type of food you decide to give your dog, be sure to consult your veterinarian to ensure that he or she is getting a complete and balanced diet. You and your dog will be happier for it!