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If you’re a dog owner you know what it’s like when it’s time to buy dog food. You’re surrounded by choices on both sides of the aisle and if you’re not loyal to one brand it can certainly be overwhelming. Today we’ll talk about different types of dog food, from wet, to dry, puppy to adult. Hopefully this will clear up any confusion you may have about what to feed your dog but if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian.
Nearly every brand of dog food on the market has a line of food specifically made for puppies. Dry puppy food is smaller in size than adult dog food because puppies have a smaller mouth. The nutrients in puppy food are geared toward puppies because the majority of growth and development happens within that first year of life.
When buying adult dog food, you’ll notice this is the most common type of food on the market. Adult dog food comes in many different formulas for many types of dogs. Several of these brands include:
Active Dog Formulas: If you and your dog are always on the go, this might be the brand for you. Active dog foods are designed for adult dogs in the prime of their lives, the dogs that run, jump, and even hike with their owners.
Diet Dog Food– If your dog has an issue with his weight, talk to your veterinarian about putting your dog on a diet. Healthy Weight dog foods are designed to give your dog optimal nutrition with fewer calories. Purina and Iams both have a dog food specifically designed for those dogs that might be a little on the chubby side.
Senior Dog Food— Dogs at an older age who are starting to slow down have their own brand of dog food as well. Dog food for senior dogs is made for those dogs that are age seven or older. These foods are designed with older dogs in mind, dogs that might be missing teeth, or those who have lost their sense of smell. Foods are softer with added flavors to encourage older dogs to eat. If you notice your senior dog is having difficulty eating, don’t hesitate to talk to your veterinarian.
These are just a few of the many types of dog food on the market. If those aren’t enough choices you might want to consider the following:
Food found in the refrigerated section is fresh food with a minimal shelf life. These foods are designed for owners who wish to feed their dogs with a more natural approach.
Grain free food is for those who are concerned about feeding their dogs things such as corn, wheat, and gluten. Meat is the first ingredient in all grain free dog foods.
Dry dog food, of course, isn’t your only option when it comes to feeding your dog. Dog food in cans ranges from simple meals, to extravagant feasts. Your budget may be the deciding factor in what you choose to feed your dog. Dog food in cans consists of the following ingredients:
It doesn’t stop at just wet or dry dog food either. Many that make dog food also produce large breed formulas and toy breed formulas. There is a brand of dog food out there for every dog, in every shape, and every size. When it comes to feeding your dog, what you purchase is entirely up to you. You may want to stick with a budget friendly brand that still offers your dog optimal nutrition. Talk to your veterinarian at your annual check-up about what your dog eats. He or she might have suggestion that will keep your dog healthy without breaking the bank.
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