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Choosing the Best Dog Food for Your Pet 

I don't know any dog owners that don't want to take good care of their pets.  In fact many times a person will take better care of their pet than they will themselves.  They make sure that they have adequate healthcare when necessary, plenty of exercise, a warm place to sleep and lots of love.  One other thing that we make sure of is that we give our dog plenty of the proper food that they need.  Many people spend a lot of time searching for different types of food that will meet their pet's nutritional requirements.  Here are some things to keep in mind when you are researching dog food so that you can make the best decision possible for your pet. 

The first thing that you need to keep in mind when you are trying to pick out a nutritional product is that the dog food companies are in business to make money. You should also keep in mind that the agencies that regulate what is okay to go into dog food are not the same as the agencies that regulate what goes into food for human consumption.  It is imperative, therefore, that you not only know about the brand that you choose, but that you trust them to do what is right for your pet. 

Take a look at the ingredients that are in the dog food that you choose.  Many of them will have corn as the main ingredient but this is not always the best idea for your dog.  While dogs are perfectly capable of eating a vegetarian diet and staying healthy, corn is not one of the top things that you should be feeding them.  It is better to look for a product that is more meat-based if you're going to judge it on this one aspect alone.  You can also choose a dog food that is organic and vegetable-based as dogs are perfectly capable of living a healthy life eating vegetables alone. 

As with humans, all dogs are different and require different nutrients in order to keep them healthy.  Depending on your dog's weight, age, physical activity and other factors you will need to adjust the type and amount of food that you feed your dog.  For example, if you have a very active dog that has plenty of room to run, he will need a higher caloric intake than a dog that is just a lapdog or lies around the house all day.  By taking all these factors into consideration you will help your dog to be more balanced, healthy, and happy. 

Remember that your dog is counting on you to take care of it in many different ways.  A dog will be a faithful companion for many years and will give you unconditional love but it is depending on you to make sure that you feed it properly and get that all the nutritional value that it needs to live a long and healthy life.


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