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Safe Dog Foods

As with any kind of pet, choosing the right kind of food for your pet dog is an important part of its upkeep.



The nutrition an animal receives from its meal plays a vital role in generating the required amount of energy its body needs to carry out the activities over the course of the day in addition to the role it plays in the maintenance and aesthetics of the animals coat and overall look. The vast array of dog food products available on the open market can make choosing the right kind of food quite a challenge.



However, there are a few things, when kept in mind, which can help you make the wisest decision for your dog. For example, the first 5 to 10 ingredients on the contents list will usually be the more significant ones.



As a result, glancing over these names and looking specifically for a meat based protein source such as chicken, chicken meal, lamb or even lamb or fish meal usually make up the best source of nutrition for you canine. If you want to boost the gloss on the dog’s coat, your pet will require a decent amount of fat in the diet. It helps to make sure that the fat source is also meat based and can be made up of fatty acids of the omega 3 and omega 6 variety.

As with almost any type of processed and commercially available food, there is always a certain amount of chemical content. It is important to be able to identify which chemicals and in what quantity are dangerous for your pet. Most of these dog foods contain a high amount of bad preservatives as well as fake proteins. Ethoxyquin is a preservative that it is commonly used in dog food production and is a known contributor to a number of dog health related conditions such as cancerous skin lesions, liver or kidney damage as well as hair loss. The synthetic proteins that are commonplace in commercially available dog food provide almost no protein content in spite of being marketed as being able to mimic meat protein content. A homemade dog food is closer to the natural dog food of carnivorous content and should consist primarily of about 40 percent meat, 30 percent vegetables and 30 percent starch to ensure a well balanced and nutritious diet. Also make it a point to rotate the types of food your dog eats so as to make sure that it receives a variety of foods and nutrition.

 
  Submitted on June 1, 2010