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Jan 15

3 Things you should know about buying premium dog food

Fur parents want the best for their dogs. And when it comes to feeding them, there has always been a debate on which type of food is better. Regular leftover food from table scraps or dog food? And if you decide on getting dog food, what type will you get? Regular dog food or premium dog food like Farm Food? There seems to be an endless variety to the types of food we feed our dogs. And the assumption is always that the pricier the product, the healthier it is. But of course, that’s not always the case. While premium dog food may contain more value, sometimes manufacturers are just using premiumization to make you spend more.

To help you decide which premium dog food to get, here are three things you should know about buying them:

 

  1. Know what to look for

Dogs have different needs depending on their breed, size, and age. As a pet owner, you want to ensure you’re getting dog food that has all the important nutrients your dog needs. Premium dog food usually employs a higher standard in formulating their products so you are assured that you’re getting more nutritional value in it.

 

Dogs’ nutritional needs look on several factors such as age, activity level, physical makeup, and the environment. When picking your pet’s food consider the protein sources, the number of preservatives, artificial dyes, as well as the number of antioxidants. Premium dog food should contain high-quality meat source. When it comes to preservatives, it’s common to see BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin. But natural preservatives such as Vitamin C, E and essential oils from rosemary and other spices are also used. They’re generally safer but don’t provide a longer shelf life.

 

  1. Learn how to read the label

It may be challenging to understand labels especially that it differs from brand to brand. But it’s a useful way of evaluating if a certain product contains what you’re looking for. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AFFCO), have established labeling requirements for pet foods.

 

AFFCO has four rules for labeling products. First is the 95% rule. Whatever the item is named after, it should contain 95% of the named ingredient. That is, if you see a product called Beef for Dogs, it should contain 95% beef. There is also a “Dinner” rule which states that if a product is labelled with dinner, it should contain 25% of the named ingredient. Beef Dinner for Dogs means there’s 25% beef in that package. The “With” rule means the product must contain 3% of the named ingredients. And lastly, if you see “Flavor”, don’t expect any percentage of the main ingredient to be in it, as there’s no required amount. But they do need to contain a sufficient amount of flavor to be detected.

 

So when it comes to picking food, the wording in the label matters. Chicken for dogs, Chicken dinner for dogs, Dog food with chicken, and Chicken-flavored Dog Food are all different.

 

Wet or dry dog food?

With all the choices you have, don’t be surprised you have to pick between wet and dry dog food as well. There are pros and cons for each type, and you can even give both on rotation, but it’s good to know the differences too. Wet food generally looks more palatable to dogs and would more likely choose it over dry food. Because of its moisture levels, it’s a good source of hydration for your dogs especially if they don’t drink much. But because it contains more water, the amount of goodness or nutrition is compromised. Dry dog foods, on the other hand, is more practical. It’s not messy to eat and prepare and you can stock it for a longer period of time. Some dry foods even contain more nutritional value than wet ones.

About the author

Jessica Pulido

Jessica is the owner of OMG Goodies. She loves to do reviews on the latest products, as well as share them with her friends and followers. If you would like Jessica to do a review for you, email her at omgfreebees@gmail.com

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