When I first brought Ayko home, I thought the best food for her would be expensive dry food. However, the kibble I was feeding her contained many unhealthy ingredients and was extremely bad for her. So, let me share my experiences with you.
-Eat lots of protein and stay away from wheat.
Most commercially available dog food is high in processed grains and wheat, which can cause your dog to feel lethargic and cause digestive issues..
-Only buy food that is safe for human consumption.
Many brands of dog food fall under the “feed” category, making it legal for manufacturers to use euthanized, sick, or disabled animals as a source of protein. Dog food that humans would eat is not like that. The term “human-grade” refers to foods that are made with high-quality ingredients that are safe for human consumption. Human-grade dog food does not contain any potentially harmful ingredients like euthanasia drugs or chemicals/food dyes.
-Be wary of products that list “meal” as an ingredient.
“Meat meal,” also known as “chicken meal” or “beef meal,” is another name for “rendered” meat, which consists of animal by-products. “Rendered” meat could contain anything from plastic to blood to feathers to even roadkill.
-It’s preferable to use fresh ingredients and foods.
Due to the extensive processing required, the nutrients in both canned and shelf-stable dog food are essentially eliminated before the product even reaches the shelves. Because of this, in order to make the kibble palatable, processed dog food is laced with synthetic vitamins, minerals, and artificial flavors. The dog’s entire body, including its digestive tract, energy levels, weight gain, skin, and coat, and even its ability to age, can be negatively impacted by this.
-Learn the proper serving sizes for your breed.
A dog that maintains a healthy weight has a better chance of living longer than an overweight dog does, as it is well-known that health affects lifespan. Dog food packages often provide a rough size range for their products or simply label canines as adults or puppies.
-Watch out for the preservatives.
To keep it fresh for months or even years (real food shouldn’t last this long! ), kibble and traditional dog food are often loaded with artificial preservatives and chemicals. These synthetic preservatives often contain the same chemicals that are used to make rubber and other pesticides.
-Learn what you can safely feed your dog.