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Baggins' Bites: How to Choose a Dog Food
March 16, 2010
Dear Dog Lover,

Recently I’ve gotten several dog food related questions.

Basically, the questions amount to “what’s the best dog food”?

So, rather than attempt individual Q & A’s I’m going to try and summarize them here

There is no “one” best dog food.

If you talk to a variety of pet guardians, read the research and respected sources like Whole Dog Journal I’m sure you’ll come to the same conclusion.

Every dog is different.

The food that your one dog loves and thrives on may not have the same effect on your other dog(s).

Every dog has different needs.

That being said, there are some brands of pet food more nutritious than others.

It boils down to ingredients.

Better ingredients are going to give your pet more important vitamins and nutrients.

I mean, I know you want the best for your pet.

You don’t want to feed your best friend waste products from the processing plant floor.

Likewise, you don’t want to feed your friend something he’s allergic to or just can’t tolerate for some reason.

There is a shortcut for knowing what makes a higher quality dog food.

Here it is:

Look at the ingredient label.

If you see a protein source in the first ingredients--chicken, fish, venison--that’s good. But that alone won’t meet all your pet’s nutrition needs.

Fresh or frozen meats in a dry kibble have a lot of water in them and only 15 to 20 percent the protein needs of your pet.

So, look for a protein “meal” to support it. Like the meat, this should be specific, i.e., “chicken meal’ is ok, “animal meal” is not.

Look for fresh veggies and fruits. Your pets need these just as you do ;)

There you are, a quickie version of reading a dog food label.

if you’d like to know more or see some brands of food I recommend, please visit how to choose a dog food

Many of you have done extensive research on dog foods and have a lot to contribute.

For that reason, I put a form on this page where you can share the foods you feed and your results.

If you want to share your experiences to help others, please go head right over here.

How to Choose a Dog Food
Talk to you soon,


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