Dog Food Nutrition – Which to choose?
Food Nutrition – Which to choose?
a dog food is balanced by providing the proper amount of essential
nutrients for your dog, how do you choose between the dozens of
brands and hundreds of formulas available?
food must contain nutrients in usable form. Proteins, carbohydrates,
vitamins and minerals are no good if they can’t be absorbed.
must be palatable to the dog. If your dog doesn’t like it, it doesn’t
matter how well-balanced it is.
must remain healthy while eating the food. If his skin is dry, if
he’s losing or gaining weight, if he has stomach gas or flatulence,
consider changing his diet.
choosing a food consider the activity level of the dog. Dogs expend
energy in many different ways. For example, lactating bitches, heavy
exercise, and regulating body temperature during cold weather can
cause dogs to expend a lot of energy. Outdoor dogs may have increased
levels of exercise and therefore require a higher percentage of
protein and fat for energy production than a dog that stays indoors
most of the time.
dog food manufacturers make every effort to provide a balanced diet
of proper nutrients in usable form, but in the end the choice of
a dog food is a personal choice.
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