If you are looking for the ideal dog food for your pet, The most important thing is not the brands, nor the prices… But it contains the most suitable components and in the exact proportion that your dog needs. There are many and do not know where to start looking? This article will help you decide, here is all the information you need about canine feed.
First, what is dog food?
Dog food is a dry food that is sold in the form of small balls and is specially designed to form the basis of dog food. It must cover all the nutritional needs of a pet, so that it can maintain perfect health and develop correctly throughout its life.
There are many brands, formulas, flavors ... and not all are valid for all dogs. In addition, it is not the only option: have you considered feeding your pet with the BARF diet of natural foods? If you want to receive professional information and personalized advice to feed your dog, we advise you to go to your veterinarian. Every dog is a world!
What are dog food made of?
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Canine feed is formulated with a multitude of ingredients, such as cereals, meat products, fats, fibers ...
Animal proteins that contain feed for dogs usually come from wastes from dead animals, such as skin, hooves, hair, blood or entrails. This is what feed with "meat" really contains! It is not real lean meat, but animal waste. Another way to provide animal protein to canine feed is to add hydrolyzed feathers: The clean feathers of birds from slaughterhouses are treated under pressure to be edible.
Fish is also an important source of protein. But, as with land animals, their meat is not used, but viscera, thorns, head, tails ... Everything we discard when eating.
Pet foods also contain fats, which are mostly obtained from animal tissues. By the way, these are fats not suitable for human consumption. As for additives, most are flavoring, to make them more attractive to the dog's palate, on the other hand, they also contain preservatives, dyes and antioxidants. Some canine feeds also have added minerals, vitamins and other enriching additives.
On the other hand, Commercial feed contains cereals. It may sound good, but did you know that cereals are not at all necessary for dogs? They do not bring any benefit that your agency can take advantage of. But it gives us the impression of health: cereals in canine feed make dog feces harder, similar to ours. But dog feces should be softer than human.
Can you make homemade canine feed?
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Did you know all this? Maybe after reading it you do not want to give your dog again I think commercial. We don't want to put you against commercial feed, at Wakyma we simply believe it is important to know what we feed our pets and also be aware that there are several alternatives, to choose the most convenient. Therefore, in our Wakytienda you will find a wide variety of specific feed for each race. Discover it!
You can feed your dog with canine feed, or you can prepare the food yourself at home. So CYou will well introduce the quality, quantities and freshness of the food. Natural food with fresh food is very beneficial for dogs.
Here we show you recipes that you can prepare to feed your hairy naturally.
Meat and vegetable balls
- 1 cup and a half of rice
- 3 cups of water
- 2 large potatoes
- 4 carrots
- 2 celery
- 2 kilos of minced meat, can be chicken or veal
- 8 eggs
- 1/4 cup olive oil
How is it done?
- Preheat the oven to 200 ° C.
- Cook the rice in a saucepan and let it cool.
- Cut the celery, carrots and potatoes into small pieces (you can also grate them). Mix them in a bowl with cooked rice, minced meat and eggs and oil. Integrate everything well.
- Make balls with the dough and bake for 45 minutes.
Ready! Just let them cool before giving them to your dog. With these proportions, a lot of food will have left you, you can freeze it by portions and take it out as you need it. So you will always eat it as freshly made.
Rice with vegetables for dogs
- 6 cups of water
- 450 grams of minced meat, veal or chicken
- 2 cups of rice
- 1 chopped carrot
- 1 chopped broccoli
How is it done?
- Put in the oven, at 200ºC, the rice with the meat and the water until they are cooked. At approximately 20 minutes, the water will have been consumed.
- Add the chopped vegetables and bake 5 more minutes, or until you think it's ready. Let it cool.
If you want to learn more about how to feed your dog with homemade food, at Wakyma you will find more recipe articles and about the advantages of the BARF diet. Do not miss it!
What is the best dog food
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If you think that what is best for your pet is commercial feed, You need to find the most balanced and highest quality possible. The best alternatives are:
Super premium food
These canine feed They are specially formulated for dog breeds with specific needs or with health problems. For example, pets with heart, kidney or overweight problems eat this type of dog food. Although of course, healthy dogs can also eat them.
If you are looking for the best of the best and the price is not a problem, no doubt the super premium dog food is the best option. Some brands with canine feed of these characteristics are Purina, Sieger, Royal Canin or Eukanuba.
We hope we have helped you find the most appropriate canine feed for your dog. Do not forget to consult your veterinarian about your particular needs! Plus, In Wakyma you will find all the information about health, food, care and education that your pet needs. Do not hesitate to come back when you need it! Surely we have an answer for you.
1- Consider the age of your dog
A basic premise when choosing a dog food is their age. It has nothing to do with the food a puppy should eat, which needs more protein and energy content, than a senior, who must take much more care of the caloric balance in his diet. In our online pet store you can filter results according to this variable.
3- Look for a specific feed by race
Beyond the general considerations of the previous point (large breeds, small breeds, etc.), you can search for specific feed for your pet's breed. If it exists, surely it is the most suitable, because they are prepared with their minds set on some of their particularities. For example, croquettes with an easy-to-grasp design for brachycephalic breeds, ingredients that prevent the risk of hip dysplasia in a San Bernardo, etc.
4- The veterinary diet, for dogs with special needs
Above the breed and other characteristics, is the physical state of your pet: if your dog is going through a period of convalescence after surgery, is diabetic, suffers from dermatological disorders or suffers from another disease, the priority is to offer a veterinary diet appropriate to your situation. And for that, you should ask your trusted veterinarian for advice.
6- Do not forget about palatability
All of the above is important, but you should not neglect the palatability of the feed you offer your dog. Or put another way: buy a food that you like, otherwise you will not be attracted to the food and you may end up eating less than you should. It is often linked to natural feed, as the latter usually offer a more pleasant taste to your pet's palate.
7- Find out about feed properties
We have already commented on a few variables that come into play in dog feed: choosing based on them should be enough. But knowing never hurts and will help you make certain decisions. In general, protein-rich feeds are good for building tissue, as for puppies that are still developing. A food rich in fiber may be interesting for weight loss diets, but it should not be abused. And about minerals and vitamins, a quality feed will provide them in their proper measure, unless the veterinarian prescribes extra supplements.
1. Size does matter
And we are not referring to the size of the feed bag, since we can find bags ranging from two or four kilos, to bags that are fifteen or twenty kilos in weight. We refer specifically to the size of the croquette, a very important factor that few people take into account.
If your dog is small, you know perfectly well that the size of its mouth and teeth are small. So ... What's the point of buying a feed that offers large-sized croquettes? None.
It will cost your dog and much to chew and swallow those large croquettes little adapted to its size. The same happens in the opposite cases, if your dog is large, a feed with small croquettes will not work for him.
The small croquettes will run through your mouth without having the option to chew most, it is even possible to be enticed with them since your large dog needs large croquettes.
If your dog is small, look for a feed that is specific to small dogs. If it is large, then a specific one for large dogs. Do not be fooled by that "valid for all sizes", because it is simple deceptive advertising.
2. Calories get fat
As with humans, if we feed a dog with more calories than its body needs naturally, they will become fat, making your dog constantly become overweight.
All feed manufacturers, or at least serious and responsible manufacturers, add the caloric level of their feed in the labels or in the information they offer on their web pages, advising in all cases, for what types of dogs are dedicated those feed.
A dog that goes for a walk two, three or four times a day with its owner does not need the same energy contribution as a sheepdog that spends the day working taking care of the sheep, for example.
Adult dogs, which we can consider elderly, also do not need an excessive calorie level because it is simply harmful to them. That is why it is important to choose a feed adapted to the needs of your dog.
Do you have a sedentary dog? Find a dog food with a medium-low level of exercise. Does your dog run long distances with you every day? Look for a high energy feed. And the same goes for puppies, you should always feed them with a special feed for puppies.
3. Quality comes first
Forget completely all feed manufacturers that spend their money on huge advertising campaigns in the press, radio or television. Because if you look at the ingredient label of these feedstuffs, you will see that most are made up of cereals such as wheat or corn.
Spanish law obliges manufacturers to order the ingredients in feed labeling, based on quantities from highest to lowest. This allows us to know what feeds are of high quality and which are simply cereals with a minimum of meat.
Dogs are carnivores, we should look for labels that tell us that the largest amount of ingredients in the feed are meat. Chicken, veal, lamb or fish cpmo salmon are the most recommended. These should always appear as the first ingredient.
Some manufacturers like NFNatcane have grown a lot over the years thanks to the fact that they do not invest in advertising, but in quality. If we look at the labels of their feed we will see that quality speaks for itself. By selling directly to customers, they save commissions from sellers, thus being able to offer very high quality products at really competitive prices. If you want to check them out, this is their website: NFNatcane.es
Obviously we invite you to search and compare among all the manufacturers that you think you trust, always recommending you to look at the ingredient label. Dogs do not need corn or wheat in their feed, these cereals are used by some manufacturers simply to lower costs, thus losing much quality.
4. Carbohydrates yes, but in their right measure
Although "Grain Free" feeds are fashionable or what they are called "cereal free" here, the truth is that a small amount of carbohydrates are acceptable and even recommended in the feeding of our dogs.
Undoubtedly the best cereal we can find to feed a dog is rice, it is scientifically proven that it is the one that offers the most nutritional contribution and it is also very easy to digest for them.
Avoid feed at all costs that are full of cereals with low biological and nutritional value such as wheat or corn, barley, etc. The digestive system of dogs does not digest these cereals, so it is not a food for them.
If we do not want cereal feed, we can opt for the potato. An excellent source of carbohydrates that will provide extra energy to our dog when he needs it most. Obviously, both rice and potatoes should always be non-primary ingredients. Primary should always be meat and / or fish.
5. The type of meat is important
There are many ways to add ingredients to a dog food, but some of them are misleading and can make us easily confused. For example, a feed containing 30% fresh meat versus a feed containing 20% dehydrated meat Which contains more meat? You will be surprised to know that the second.
Fresh meat is mostly water, so once the water has evaporated to begin the process of making the croquette of the feed, possibly that 30% of fresh meat has become less than 10% of dehydrated meat
Dehydrated meat along with fresh meat are the best ingredients that we can find in the labeling, always remembering that fresh meat contains a large amount of water, we must value it when looking at the percentages.
In many cases you will read something like "hydrolyzed meat" and you will not understand what it is. Hydrolyzate is the most expensive process a manufacturer can use, because in short it is the best for a dog. During hydrolyzing, the manufacturer can separate the molecules from the proteins, making the feed for the dog much, but much more digestible and nutritious.
Did you like our advice? They are very simple to implement and with them, you will be right with the feeding of your dog. A well fed dog is a healthy and happy dog.
What a good dog food should have
By reading the dog food labels You can find countless ingredients, so you must learn to choose those products that have the ingredients that your dog needs and avoid those that do it badly.
Ingredients that should have a good dog food
- Sources of protein: beef, chicken, turkey, lamb.
Ingredients to avoid
- By-products: the by-products are those that remain after the processing plants select what is suitable for human consumption.
- Corn: Corn in any form is not good for the dog. Companies that make food use corn as a filling. Dogs do not digest it, do not take energy from it, and there are even dogs that are allergic to this grass.
- Chemical preservatives such as ethoxyquin, BHA, BHT or propylene glycol are toxic in the long term.
- Beer rice, sorghum, salt, wheat, soybeans, brewer's yeast, flax, onion, synthetic vitamin K and added colors or aromas.
What food to choose for a dog
In addition to corroborating that a brand of dog food contains sources of protein, carbohydrates and sources of fat, to finally decide what food you will buy take into account if your pet is allergic to any particular ingredients, if it suffers from any disease or if it has any inherited disorder of the breed in its metabolism.
In addition, you should pay attention to other important characteristics of your dog, such as its age, its level of activity (a dog that spends its day in bed is not the same as one that goes for a run with its owner or lives with children), conditions environmental conditions in which you live, if sterilized, if you are in the period of reproduction or lactation, and your temperament.
A veterinarian can help you with the right ration for your pet, but remember it's you who decides whatfoodto buy. You already have the information you needed!