Friday, October 11, 2013

Understanding the Different Types of Dog Food

There are four different types of dog food that you can choose to help meet your dog's nutritional needs. Knowing what type of food to choose from can be a difficult process if you are unfamiliar with the options that are available to you. Read on to understand the different types of dog food available to help feed your pet.

Dry food

Dry dog food is perhaps the most popular type of food available on the market. High quality dry dog food not only provides exceptional nutrition, it also makes feeding your dog on a daily basis easy. The shelf life of the food last longer and the food can be left out for a long period of time during the day. It is formulated with quality protein, fruits and vegetables, and other essential ingredients to keep your pet healthy.

Dog Raw food diet
Raw food diet

A raw food diet, also known as BARF, also has advantages. One of those advantages is a shinier coat. Unfortunately, the disadvantages of this diet often discourage pet owners from making the switch. Bacteria from raw meat and limited shelf life are two of the disadvantages.

Canned food

A canned food diet can be a healthy choice for dogs if you can handle the bad breath and gastrointestinal upset that often comes along with choosing this type of diet. While there are very few preservatives added to canned few, there are many additives used to help enhance the flavor and taste of the food that may not be good for your dog.

Semi-moist food

Of all the types of dog food, this type of food is likely the unhealthiest for your pet. Why? It is full of preservative and sweeteners that you dog will love, but that are very unhealthy.

Hypoallergenic dog food

Some dogs can be prone to food intolerance and therefore require a simple diet that excludes the common triggers such as chicken, soya and wheat gluten. There are some fantastic hypoallergenic foods available for dogs but the prices vary dramatically. You should pay more attention to the list of ingredients than the price with this type of food.

Now that you have a better understanding of the types of dog food available for your dog, you can make an informed decision as to which food will be the healthiest for your pet. Dry dog food is without a doubt the best choice for busy dog owners who are looking an easy, nutritional method of feeding their pet. If you want your dog to enjoy a tasty snack every now and then, consider adding in canned food about once a week. Giving your dog a variety of food can be healthy if you know what food to choose from.

Looking for great quality and affordable dog food? Give the Supadog range by Burgess Pet Care a try. Available throughout the UK from all good pet stores.
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