How to pick the right dog food for your dog

Dogs are just as picky with their food as humans. If you have a dog, it’s essential to find the right type of food for them, and they will be more likely to eat it. They may not eat if they don’t like the flavor or see something else that catches their eye. This is why finding the right dog food is so important! 

This article will give you five tips on how to choose the best type of food for your pup. Are there any other questions you have about this? Let me know in the comments below!

How to pick the right dog food for your dog

Know your dog’s weight and age

The first thing to consider is your dog’s age and weight. Your pup might have an easier time eating a different brand if they are very picky with their food. If your puppy is still growing, they need additional nutrients for their growth plates to develop correctly. If your dog is old, there may be joint issues or other health complications that make them pickier about what they eat.

If you know the size of your dog, it should be much easier to start looking for appropriate brands of food for them. For example, only pick dry food if they weigh less than 25 pounds! It’s essential to choose the right food based on their size and needs and not just what you think tastes good or has an appealing name.

Understand the difference between wet, dry, and canned food 

Once you know your dog’s breed, age, and size, the next step is to pick what type of food they should be eating. There are many different brands out there that all suit a specific kind of dog. For example, picky eaters will probably have an easier time eating semi-moist or canned food instead of dry. You can also pick a specific type of dry food if your picky eater is picky because they don’t like the taste or consistency of other brands.

let me tell you the difference between wet, dry, and canned:

  • Wet food has meat (the dog’s source of protein) in a typically thick sauce. It may also have vegetables, grains, or other ingredients added to it.
  • Dry food is typically high protein and low fat (but not continuously). Dogs can live on dry food alone or with wet food mixed into it as supplements. 
  • Canned food is typically found in the cat section, but you can pick this type of food if your picky eater doesn’t eat anything else! This type of food must be refrigerated after opening, so be careful when purchasing this (assuming your picky dog will eat it). Most canned foods are made from pre-made drives, which means they also contain preservatives. 

Consider your dog’s activity level.

Next, consider your dog’s activity level. If you pick a brand of food that is too rich for your pup, they may gain weight. This happens because there are so many calories in the food!

If you pick one with fewer calories, they must be more active than usual to burn off those extra calories. If not, they will get chubby and may have health problems like joint pain or breathing issues (depending on how overweight they are).

Stick with the same brand and flavor

Once you pick a brand that works, you don’t have to choose a different one unless it is discontinued or your dog’s needs change. If your pup starts gaining weight (or losing too much), prefer a different flavor, but the same brand! You know what type of food they like and will be more likely to stick with it if it relieves any stomach issues since they won’t hesitate to try new brands.

Ingredients to look for on the label

Look at the ingredients list to pick what foods are best for your picky eater. Ideally, you’ll pick food that only has one or two ingredients (excluding water and salt). If your picky eater is picky mainly because they don’t like the flavor of the food, pick a different flavor! Sometimes all it takes is changing one ingredient for your picky eater to stay on a diet. 

If you pick wet food, choose the one with the fewest carbs, and picky eaters will be less likely to develop diabetes. For example, pick canned food with no more than 5% dog protein because of low-fat dog food! Check all three types of food (wet, dry, and canned) to pick what is best for your picky eater.

Feeding guidelines for different breeds of dogs 

As a general rule, pick a food that has about 20 calories per pound of dog weight. This takes into account how active your picky eater is and will help them maintain an average weight. If they pick wet food or canned food, choose one with the highest protein content possible! Also, remember to pick low-carb wet and canned foods if you pick picky eaters because they don’t like the ingredients in dog food. 

  • If your picky eater is picky mainly because of the texture, pick wet food or canned food! Your picky eater can choose this type of dog food if they aren’t picky about what kind of meat it contains. 
  • After picky eaters are weaned off of milk, pick a solid food that originated from livestock (not plants) and is designed for adult picky eaters. If you like wet or canned food, pick the one with fewer carbs! Also, remember to choose low carb wet and canned foods if picky eaters are picky because they don’t like the ingredients in dog food (such as fussy eaters that are picky because they don’t like carbs in dog food).
  • If picky eaters were picky from birth, pick a wet or canned food. If not, try one of each to see what your picky eater prefers. If picky eaters are selective because they don’t like the ingredients in dog food, pick low carb wet and canned foods to pick picky eaters who will choose this type of dog food over other styles.
  • If picky eaters were picky as a puppy, pick a dry, high-protein content dog food. If picky eaters are selective because they don’t like particular foods prefer low carb dry dog food to pick picky eaters who will choose this type of dog food over other styles.
  • If picky eaters were picky as an adult, try all three types of dog food (dry, wet, and canned). If picky eaters are particular because they don’t like selective foods pick low carb dry dog food to pick picky eaters who will choose this type of dog food over other styles.
  • Some picky eaters will have soft stools if you feed them enough fiber-based foods. Please fix this problem by providing less fiber or pick a fussy eater dog food with thread, but picky eaters will like it!
  • If picky eaters are picky because they don’t like particular foods pick low carb dry dog food to pick picky eaters who will choose this type of dog food over other styles. For example, pick canned food that has fewer carbs. Picky eaters are picky because they needed fiber, so pick a low-carb wet food, but picky eaters will choose this type of dog food over other styles.

Things to avoid when picking out a new food

There are several things you should avoid when picking out new dog food for your pet. This ensures that the food will be well suited to their nutritional requirements and tastes, of course!

  • Avoid choosing foods that contain excessive carbohydrates, as this is better suited for active pets such as working dogs or hunting dogs. As indoor dogs usually do not require so much energy, they need food better suited to their inactivity.
  • Avoid pick products with a long list of ingredients! Even if you pick the right amount of protein and fat, other nutrients may still be lacking. Better pick foods with harsh elements or even a single ingredient (such as meat or fish).
  • If you pick food with fat, make sure it is healthy fats such as Omega 3&6 and avoid pick foods full of saturated fats (such as trans fatty acids).
  • Avoid pick products that contain blood! This may sound like a strange thing to avoid, but in fact, many commercial dog foods are made out of damaged meats, which still contain blood (which is bad for dogs) and therefore should be avoided.
  • Avoid pick foods that contain by-products. Many products found in pet shops and supermarkets use this type of meat, but this type of meat is usually full of bacteria or even diseased animals!
  • Another weird thing to avoid pick out when choosing a dog food is to pick out pick products that are pickled in foods. In other words, pick out pick foods that use pickling as a preservation method to make the food last longer!
  • Avoid pick products that are packed in plastic. Most of these types of containers do not allow air or water circulation within the bag/container, and therefore pick creates pick preserves to pick the food for a more extended pick period.
  • Avoid pick foods that contain preservatives, as these are harmful to your pets!
  • When picking out new dog food, you should avoid picking foods with artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners. The best method to choose if your pet will like fresh food is to pick feeding to pick them a small sample of pick the pick food pick that picks to see if the choice they like it or not.
  • Avoid pick products with a lot of fillers! These do not add nutrition but merely bulk up the product and make it cheaper for the company making and selling them!
  • The list can go on for some time but pick from picking what pick I like listed pick above pick you select should be able to pick make the best choice for your pets new food.

Along with all of these things, remember that picking out good dog food is not just about the ingredients contained in the product! It would help if you also considered whether or not the packaging looks good to pick (because pick your pick dog pick will choose to be the select looking pick at picking the pick packaging pick as well!)

So there you have it, some of the things to avoid when picking out a new food for your pet!

 

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