When choosing a good diet for our dog we must take into account many factors that we normally ignore. Buying dog food can be very easy if we follow these simple tips.
And no, you should not worry about the price since the best food for your dog does not have to be the most expensive, in fact the most expensive products are simply those that invest the most in marketing – advertising campaigns.
By feeding your dog well you will not only have a happier dog, but you will also have a much healthier dog, which will help you save on veterinary expenses.
Index of contents
- 1 Buying the best-known brand feed, the first mistake
- 2 The cheapest feed is also good
- 3 Follow our vet’s recommendation
- 4 Buy a feed for our dog, not for us
Buying the best-known brand feed, the first mistake
That a company invests heavily in advertising does not mean by far that it also invests a lot in quality, normally and with few exceptions, the companies that invest the most in advertising are the least concerned about the quality of their products.
When buying dog food, we must focus on its composition, that is, on its ingredients. High-quality feed always contains meat products as the main ingredients, leaving legumes and cereals as small parts of its composition and not as the main ones.
You can learn a lot about the composition of feed from: How to choose the best dog food
The cheapest feed is also good
The second most common mistake made by dog owners is to think that the feed bag that they can buy at the mall for very little money is also of quality…. because for that they sell it there.
While it is true that it is not necessary to buy the most expensive feed, it is also true that the cheapest one will surely leave much to be desired in terms of quality and composition. It is not feasible no matter how you look at it, selling a twelve-kilo bag for thirty euros or something similar.
Avoid by all means buying dog food in shopping centers and food chains, because most of the products sold there do not reach even the minimum quality recommended for a dog.
Follow our vet’s recommendation
With all due respect to the great profession of the vet, a vet is an animal doctor, not a nutritionist. For this reason, most veterinaryns do not really have great knowledge about canine feeding, sometimes even recommending really bad products.
In many occasions they simply recommend the products that they sell themselves in their consultation / store in order to obtain a small commission on the sale, be it the highest or lowest quality product.
And be careful, it is not necessary to put all the vets in the same bag … there are some with great criteria when recommending a good feed for our dog. It is simply not usual.
On the other hand, there are many dog food companies that go to veterinary schools to give courses and orientation classes on dog food, instilling their brand directly to get more sales in the future … you have to be careful with these things and assess ourselves the composition of the feed.
Buy a feed for our dog, not for us
Our dog loves fish but we buy Bison feed because it is cooler and it convinces us more…. Are you going to eat it? Well, try to buy a feed that contains the ingredients that your dog likes, not you.
In addition, it is highly recommended to vary the feed every three or four months so that it has diversity in the ingredients and in the taste and smell. In this way we will avoid that you end up getting bored.
We must also have the size of our dog to choose a kibble more or less, we should not feed a small breed dog with a feed for large breeds or vice versa.
Another important factor is knowing if we want a I think light for our dog, a normal feed for dogs with little physical activity or a feed for working dogs. Choosing correctly will prevent our dog from having nutritional imbalances.