In an attempt to boost sales, many pet food companies have come up with “specific dog” formulas. Unfortunately, breed-specific dog food do not possess sound scientific research behind them and are often little more than a clever marketing gimmick. Yet it seems that there is a real need for such nutrition. Statistics show that specific dog diets can have significant effects on the health and happiness of your beloved pet.
Not every dog requires the same nutritional needs; thus the reason there is such a wide array of formulas available. The first thing you should know is what kind of dog you have, which determines its energy requirements. If you have a lab, a toy poodle or a Doberman Pincher, you will have different nutritional requirements than the poodle or the Doberman.
There are also several other factors to consider such as your dog’s age, activity level (e.g. how much does your dog walk daily?) You must also consider breed specific nutrition if you own a purebred dog such as a Pit Bull or a German Shepherd. These dogs have different nutritional needs than other breeds. Again, this is why it is important to buy your dog’s food from a reputable breeder who understands your dog and its unique needs.
In addition to the dietary needs mentioned, specific dog brands provide specific types of dog food. Puppies require a different brand of kibble from adult dogs. Senior dogs also require a special kibble, just like human seniors. Certain brands of kibble are better suited to specific activities or lifestyles and some are better than others.
The best dog food for your dog is simply the one that meets its nutritional needs. No matter what kind of pet you have, you must do your homework to determine its nutritional needs. Your veterinarian is a great resource in this area because he or she will be able to answer any questions you have about specific dog foods.
Researching and reading product labels (especially for imported dogs) will help you learn more about which formulas are most appropriate. Most importantly, always check the ingredient list. A large percentage of dog breed-specific food formulas will utilize meat meal as the main ingredient. While it is an inexpensive option, many people question its safety.
If you’re concerned about a dog food’s nutritional needs, simply check the list of ingredients. Just because something is common doesn’t mean it’s okay. In fact, many dog food recalls annually are the result of tainted dog food.
If you’re looking for a dog food that meets all your pets’ unique dietary needs, then look for one that is made with ingredients specifically selected for each species. It’s important that kibble formulas are manufactured in facilities that adhere to strict manufacturing guidelines. Finally, consult with your vet to discuss any health conditions specific to your dog’s breed, lifestyle, and age. By knowing what’s in a particular dog food, you’ll know what to look for.