How to Choose My Dog’s Diet
Faced with a multitude of different brands and types of feed found in the market many dog tutors are confused when choosing the ration of their dogs. It is not just about the difference of values, since good nutrition means a healthier dog and less likely to develop diseases in the future. Therefore, offering a good quality feed to the dog can contribute with a good immunity to maintaining his health.
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In this article by YourCatCareguide we present tips on how to choose the best ration for your dog .
Best Super Premium Dog Breeds
Basically, when choosing the best ration for the dog we have to keep in mind some criteria such as:
- Whether the dog is neutered or not.
We should also take into consideration the energy level that the dog spends during the day , for example, a dog that exercises daily requires a higher nutritional replacement than a dog that spends the day sleeping. There are also specific feed brands for certain breeds of dogs, since some breeds require a differentiated nutritional value, medicated rations for dogs with a chronic health problem and even hypoallergenic rations for hypersensitive dogs with recurrent food allergy problems.
There are different types of food for dogs and you can see what are in this other article of ExpertAnimal in Types of dog food. However, because of its practicality, dry ration is still the most used in Brazil, and among the dry rations we still have the classification of Standard, Premium and Super Premium, the latter two being relatively higher in quality than Standard because they are made of noble parts of animal protein and not of feathers and bones as in the case of Standard rations. Feathers and bones, although they are composed of the animal protein necessary to the dog’s diet, do not have good nutritional value, and therefore, the daily amount of ration offered to the dog should be higher, in addition, Standard rations contain scientifically proven additives and dyes of being carcinogenic and harmful to health. Premium and Super Premium feeds, because they are made from noble compounds of animal protein, feed more to a lesser extent. Therefore,
Still, you have to pay attention, because even some brands of premium rations still have dyes. So if you can afford it, always choose a Super Premium feed that meets your dog’s nutritional expectations. The best Super Premium feed brands are :
- Royal Canin
- Pro Plan
- N & D
- Natural Guabi
Best ration for small dogs
Carrying is another matter to consider when it comes to choosing the best ration for your dog. For a dog to be classified small in size it should weigh between 1 to 10kgs , the smallest breeds being more popular and popular are Yorkshire, Shih Tzu, Pinscher, Pugs, among others.
Small dogs have a long life expectancy, even up to 20 years, and in general, they are more active dogs, they spend more energy walking and playing, and because of this, they are dogs that need a balanced and rich diet in antioxidants. These antioxidants, in turn, slow the wear and tear of healthy body cells, protecting them from premature aging due to overuse.
Best dog food brands
Studies in animal nutrition have evolved considerably over the years, and so it has been possible to develop several researches that contribute to the well-being of our dogs through the maintenance of good health through food. In Brazil there is still no regulation and inspection for the sector that classifies a good ration and a poor quality ration, because if it existed, rations of poor quality would not pass a minimum quality test and could not be marketed. Nonetheless, manufacturers of premium and super premium brands of feed for a quality product follow veterinary recommendations from experts and research conducted worldwide.
A survey conducted by PROTESTE (Brazilian Association of Consumer Protection) conducted in 2017 evaluated 15 brands of popular rations among tutors, but only 8 passed the quality test. The researchers based the parameters of the FEDIAF (European Federation of Animal Feed Industry), and measured the levels of protein, fat, fiber, minerals and calories, as well as other factors related to the origin of the raw material, level of digestibility, and excess calcium in its composition. According to the results, the researchers concluded that the Champ brand ration would be of poor quality because it contains low protein content. Already the ration that obtained satisfactory results in all the questions and was considered like the one of greater quality is the brand Pro Plan.
This was the score of 1 to 10 obtained for the other rations analyzed according to the research, and considered as the best brands of diets for adult dogs :
- Pro Plan (chicken and rice)
- Royal Canin
- Dog Chow
- Max Premium Special
- Pedigree Vital Pro
Best Puppy Rations
The same survey of 2017 analyzed 5 brands of baby rations and concluded the following classification for the best rations for puppies, with 1 being the highest quality ration and 5 the lowest quality ration brand among those tested.
- Dog Chow
- Pedigree Vital Pro
If you have questions about puppy feeding, YourCatCareguide has prepared this other article for you at Puppies Feeding .
Best dog food cost benefit
Although Super Premium feed brands are highly recommended, they are still reasonably priced rations. Then you can opt for a premium ration that besides having a good quality has a relatively affordable cost, being Golden one of the most cost effective rations of the pet food market.
If you still have doubts about the best ration talk to your veterinarian , as he is responsible for monitoring your dog’s health, as well as having all his medical history, so he will be able to advise you on the ration more appropriate.
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