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The types of dog food and whether they are recommended or not may vary depending on who informs you about this complex issue.
If you have doubts about the feed, the wet food or the homemade diets, you have entered the right place although you must bear in mind that the needs of your dog will be different depending on the size or the physical activity that he performs.
Keep reading this AnimalWised article to learn more about the different types of dog food.You may also be interested in: Changing the dog's food step by step Index
- What does my dog need
- I think dry
- Wet food
- Homemade diets
What does my dog need
We must emphasize that the dog is a carnivorous animal. In nature, a dog would feed exclusively on meat, and as a result of hunting, it would also include in its diet half-digested fruits or vegetables from the intestines of its prey.
We must look closely at the percentages of both the feed and the wet food to understand whether it is a suitable food or not and we also conclude that there is no single perfect diet.
It is for this reason that many professionals agree that variety is the key to proper nutrition.
If we are looking for a quality dry feed for an adult and healthy dog, we must look at the percentages shown on the back. Here are some tips:
- The dry feed must have at least one 30% or 40% protein. Although it normally comes from a single type of meat, the variety between meats and even fish is beneficial for your health.
- A 20% of fruits and vegetables it is totally acceptable.
- Fats and oils must constitute 10% or 20% of the total feed.
- The cereal content of the food must be low and preferably rice. If you notice that the corn content is high, you cause your dog a slow and expensive digestion. Carbohydrates are not necessary for your diet. If you observe a percentage of 60% it is an indicator of very poor quality feed.
- Fibers must not exceed 1% or 3%.
- Omega 3 and Omega 6 must be present, as well as vitamins E, calcium and phosphorus.
- If the word flour is mentioned, it is an indicator that both meat and vegetables include all kinds of extras: intestines, bones, branches, leaves...
- It is correct that the feed offers between 200 and 300 Kcal per 100 grams.
- Avoid by-products and meats that offer collagen.
- Choose a baked feed before an extruded one.
- The feed favors the disappearance of tartar from the dog's teeth.
Wet food is made up of 3/4 parts water and it is very accepted by our pet since it is easy to chew and appetizing. Even so, we should not give it to you daily but rather we will offer it to you from time to time. ¿What should contain?
As with feed, wet food should be high in meat and fat, as well as a lower proportion of vegetables and fruits..
It is important that we know that wet food contains half the calories I think traditional. But it also helps your dog ingest fluids, which reduces the risk of urinary infections..
There are a variety of diets for your pet that you can do yourself at home without much difficulty. To prepare homemade diets we need prior and detailed information on all the dog's needs, as well as high quality products. Some diets like BARF They advise feeding the dog as you would in nature offering meat, bones or eggs, all raw, although other owners prefer to cook these foods steamed or in the pan (remember that they are always without oil or salt).
The composition of homemade diets usually contains 60% bone with meat and muscle, 25% only meat and finally 15% fruit, vegetables, vegetables, eggs or organ meats.
The problem with homemade diets is that if we do not inform ourselves correctly we can cause deficiencies in the dog's diet and problems can even arise if our pet is not used to it and can choke on a bone.
Finally, we recommend to all those owners who want to offer their dog a healthy diet that they do not hesitate to use the three types of diet in a variety of ways always paying special attention to the quality of the feed as well as the needs of the animal.