Choosing the Right Food for Your Dog

A pet, especially a dog can be a wonderful addition to your family or a companion just for you.  Owning a dog is still a tremendous responsibility and the first responsibility you have to your dog is to make sure that they are getting the right food.  Choosing the right food for your dog doesn’t sound like it should be difficult, after all the grocery store has a whole aisle of the stuff.  The fact is that not all dog food is created equal and you need to be very careful to make sure that your dog gets the best nutrition possible.

Dogs aren’t like people, they aren’t the least bit fussy and many will eat almost anything you put in front of them, that doesn’t make it good for them.  You need to get them the right food and make sure that it is stored properly.  Pet owners with the best of intentions can make mistakes and end up with a very sick dog on their hands.  Let’s look at the right food for your dog.

Types of Dog Food

The manufacturers make several different types of food for your dog, dry and canned is probably what you are most familiar with.  One of the most common mistakes that pet owners make is ignoring one of those types and only feed their pet exclusively dry or canned food.  The fact is that both have their benefits and a combination of the two is often best for your dog.  Here is some advice from a vet on the subject.

Read the Label

Dog food isn’t that different from human food and you should look at the nutritional information on the label just as you would for yourself.  You can find out the ingredients of the food, bear in mind that some breeds are prone to allergies and you want to make sure you don’t feed your dog something that they cannot handle.  This is also the best way to make sure that your dog gets a balanced diet.

Store it Properly

Just like the food that you eat, dog food can go bad if it isn’t stored properly and the last thing you want to do is make your dog sick.  You want to store dry dog food in an airtight container this will keep insects from getting in.  Opened cans of dog food need to be covered and they go into the fridge, they should also be used up as quickly as possible.  Properly storing the food makes sure that the dog can’t get into it either and overeat.  Just like your food make sure that your dog food is properly stored.