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Dog Food Differences

Dog FoodThere are about as many dog food differences in the pet food market, as there are breeds of dogs. Most canine owners do not have a clue what is really in the dog food that they are feeding their pets. But this is not their fault completely. Most of the labels on both the crunchy-types and the can dog food are very misleading, even to the point of being deceitful.

If you are in the habit of purchasing the major commercially prepared premium brands, you might consistently find items like feathers, sawdust, dehydrated pig excreta, rodent hairs and the like. Are you surprised? They are listed on the label and yet the dog food companies have found creative wording to get around it, and get it through the standard AAFCO testing. But don't let the strict standards of this organization fool you. AAFCO does not produce any regulations on dog food differences that could be expected in production.

They monitor only the condition that a certain percentage of dogs tested live at least six months after the initial testing of the product. That is the standard, not the quality or the differences that could be available in the food for pets.Special Dog FoodOther dog food differences might also include what is actually put into the food. The main concern and ingredient needed for most dogs is protein content. Unfortunately the market will compromise this at times also, and add many different sources of protein from plants to carcasses of other animals. Not a pretty thought, but it routinely does happen and of course not all brands. Once again, the consumer must go to the labeling to see what they can find, or they can search the internet for the specific company webpage.

By going to the label and the ingredients you'll also see that most of the brands say on the label, "For all breeds", so this includes from poodles to Great Danes to Golden Retrievers, and they simply state that you adjust the amount you give your dog by their weight. But this logic just doesn't make sense. Your pet needs to get the proper nutrition for its breed. When the industry states that all canines need Vitamin C and protein as staples, then they should tell you how much. If they don't, then begin to shop around until you find a brand that does. As an additional nutrient, long-haired dogs would certainly benefit from Vitamin E to keep their coat shiny. So you can easily see how nutrition for one breed can be totally different from another's need.

Then there is, of course the differences in dry and wet food. Consider the type and size of dog when choosing what type of food to feed your dog. Do not be afraid to ask your vet what they recommend for your dog as well as how much. Some will even tell you to try both and to see which your dog prefers, or they may suggest mixing the two types. One does not really have any more nutritional value than the other it is just a matter of preference.
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