Thu, Sep 16, 2021 11:59 PM
As pet parents, we only want nothing but the best for our dogs, and that includes proper nutrition. There are lots of dog food varieties to choose from, and sometimes it can be daunting to select which is the right one for our precious furbaby. There are wet, dry, canned, raw foods, and other kinds to choose from.
Diets consisting of ingredients with little to zero nutritional value can cause malnutrition and digestive issues to our dogs. Sample of these no-value ingredients include corn and by-products, and this usually causes poor nutrition. Having good, balanced nutrition will result in a strong foundation of health, and obviously, the lack of it can result in various medical issues.
To get the best out of your dog food, it is essential to learn how to read the labels correctly and distinguish which food is suitable for a healthy dog.
Learn To Read Your Dog’s Food Label
The food label and ingredients list are the top two things to look out for in a dog food label whether they are nutritional or not. However, it can often be challenging to understand these labels that’s why we’re here to help you to become a responsible dog owner and understand dog food labels properly.
Similar to manufactured food for humans, pet food companies list ingredients in correspondence with their weight, starting with the heaviest. However, if the first ingredient in your dog food is a kind of meat, take note that it is not 100% made out of protein since any meat is still composed of about 75% water.
When you see the word “by-product,” keep in mind that it includes animals’ intestines, livers, stomach, blood, brains, and bone. These ingredients may seem gross, but carnivores love this and they are also rich in vitamins and minerals.
National food authorities from many countries legally require pet food manufacturing companies to show the minimum amount of nutrients that each of their pet food contains. These nutrients can be seen in the Guaranteed Analysis section of the food label. All minimum or maximum percentage data crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber, and water per serving can be seen in this section.
Nutritional Adequacy Statement
This section guarantees that when certain dog food is fed to the dog solely as an everyday source of nutrition, it will meet their nutritional requirements.
Here’s an example of a food label from a commercial dog food brand.
Celebrate Man’s Best Friend on Responsible Dog Ownership Day!
Every third Saturday of September, we celebrate a day to remind pet parents all over the world to make a promise to our furry friends. This observance promotes pet owners to commit to being responsible parents to our furbabies. We have tackled the top ten responsibilities that all pet parents must keep in mind to take care of a healthy, happy dog.
Supalo is one with the community of pet parents in providing TLC to all pets. To show how much we cherish these furry pets and the pet parents, we will be having a Responsible Dog Ownership week sale from September 20 to 24, 2021! Huge discount deals and promos are coming for pet owners for these pet products. Head on to www.supalo.com and grab these paw-some deals while supplies last!