There are so many different things you should consider when choosing food for your dog. Not only should you consider your dog’s own individual needs – but you should also research the food itself, looking into company standards and practices to make sure that the food is to as high of standards as possible.
Choosing your dog’s food can be a very overwhelming process, and so many people seem to have opinions of what is best for your pup and your family. But truth is that the best food for one dog is NOT the best food for another, and no dog food is universally good for all dogs. There are SIX main considerations to keep in mind when choosing a food that is appropriate for your pet – Age, Lifestyle, Breed, Medical Conditions, Type of Food, and Budget. Depending on your pet or your situation one of these categories may play a bigger role than the others.
There are FIVE areas of the dog food bag that you can use to compare dog foods: the title, the guaranteed analysis, the ingredients, the AAFCO statement, and the marketing claims/statements.
Looking at ingredients lists to compare dog foods is probably one of the most difficult ways to compare foods. Though it can be simple to glance at ingredients lists to see if foods contain potential allergens if your dog has food allergies or if it contains potentially toxin ingredients – it can be very difficult […]
There are many different ways that a company might test food to make sure that it meets nutrient adequacy. The first of which is simply testing the food to check that it meets AAFCO nutrient standards by laboratory analysis, another is by feeding the foods to staff dogs and monitoring their health. Both of these […]
You should know that the term “Animal Nutritionist” doesn’t actually mean that much. The term is not protected, and anyone with an interest in nutrition for animals can call themselves an “Animal Nutritionist”. Generally speaking though, most job positions require a bachelors in a related field – such as Biology, Animal Science, Animal Nutrition, Food […]