The good news is there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to healthy premium foods. But that can make deciding where to begin more than a little bewildering. This dog food checklist will get you started.
Penny has just adopted a new dog from her local shelter. He’s a young shepherd mix, about eight months old. Vowing to feed him the healthiest possible diet from day one, Penny heads to the pet supply store to look for a premium dog food. She figures the best quality products will maybe take up half of one shelf, but is amazed at how many choices there are. Not sure what to pick out for her new friend, Penny decides on a premium canned food, but determines to do more research on what’s available once she gets home.
Making the switch to a healthier dog food can be confusing if you don’t know what to look for, or what different companies offer. In the days when premium dog foods were few and far between, it wasn’t so hard, but the selections have been steadily growing over the last number of years. Not only can you now choose from many high quality canned and dry foods, but there are also raw frozen as well as freeze dried diets to consider. And protein sources have expanded from the traditional beef, chicken and lamb to include exotic selections such as bison, rabbit, alpaca and even kangaroo.
All this choice is wonderful, but it can make food shopping for your dog a bit bewildering. The accompanying chart (below) highlights some of the best premium pet food companies out there, along with a brief summary of the some of the canine diets they offer. All these companies specialize in high quality diets made with whole named meats and no synthetic additives or preservatives. Many also offer special diets for puppies or senior dogs, as well as grain-free or weight management formulas. A few even offer products made from organic or gourmet ingredients. This quick and easy reference will give you an idea of what your options are, and ensure your dog gets the highest quality food, as well as plenty of healthy variety, at all times.