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Best Dog Food For Your Best Friend

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Best Dog Food For Your Best Friend

 

Our beloved dogs rely on us for selecting the best dog food for a healthy active lifestyle. Dogs don’t have a communicable language, and thus it is our responsibility to do right by them. We need to maintain their food diet with high quality and well-balanced food.  There is a few criteria which you should know before choosing food for your dog or puppy.

· It should be free of chemical preservatives and should not contain artificial colors and by-products. This can result in many serious health issues.

· It should contain completely balanced 100% nutritional ingredients, especially iron, copper, calcium, and zinc.

· It should have natural and organic ingredients

· Ingredients should not contain antibiotics, herbicides or pesticides

· You should take care that it shouldn’t contain genetically modified organism

· It should have a substantial amount of meat based protein.

· Fat to protein ratio should be 75% or lesser than that

Now, we all know that you can buy your tins of pet food at the supermarket.  But you actually know what is in those cans? Have you read the label?  Did you know that you can make homemade dog food.  Not only that, but you can cook delicious treats for your best friend.  Of course by home-cooked, we do not mean human food, as this may have negative effects on dogs.

Home Made Dog Food

Dogs essentially need lots of protein, fat, and some essential nutrients.   Now, we know there is a thing going at the moment about “grain free” food, but most dogs actually need grains.   You can also use things like Quinoa, brown rice, barley and cous cous to bulk up the food.  Grains and pasta help thicken the food, so your food lasts longer. (great if you have a big dog that eats a tonne). Steer clear of cereal and grains if your dog has an allergy, but for all other dogs, I recommend you include some grains.

The most important thing to remember when giving your dog home cooked food, is to change it up and offer variety.   Not for taste sake, for nutrient sake.  In saying that, I have found that I love cooking my dog food, because I know exactly what food my dog is ingesting.  It’s perfect quality every-time.  It’s common to hear that coats are more shiny, eye’s sparkle more etc.. when a dog is eating quality home cooked meals.  I think home made dog food is the best dog food, but I’ll let you be the judge of that.

Here is one of my many recipes I use for my Labradoodle. This recipe ends up costing around 60 cents a meal. (Australian Dollar) (that’s about 40 Cents USD)

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Homemade Dog Food Recipebest dog food

1 Kilo of either Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Lamb or Kangaroo Mince.

500gram Bag of Frozen Mixed Vegies.  (Carrots, Peas, Corn, Beans etc..)

4 Weetbix 

1/2 Cup of Quinoa

3/4 Rice or Pasta.

1 Tablespoon of Vegemite

2 Cups of Water (sometimes I add some more, depending on what it looks like)

Sometimes I’ll some Beef Stock instead of water.

Sometimes I’ll throw in lentils too.

Throw all into a stock pot and boil for about 1 hour, until vegies and rice (or pasta) is soft.  Put into fridge (only 3 days worth) freeze the rest.

*Makes around 2 weeks worth, depending on the size of your dog or what meat you use.

Types of Dog Food

When it comes to choosing the best dog food for our pets, there are many varieties. We get options for dry, wet, dehydrated, homemade, raw frozen, etc.. You can choose any of them according to the liking of your pet, but do you really know the ingredients used.

Dry Food

Since it is dry, it has better durability. Dry food becomes a complete diet containing all necessary nutrients. It comes into ready to eat packaging which is easy to carry on travel and also comes with a large variety of your choice. Negative elements are that, it contains processed elements and preservatives, also it’s not fresh.

Wet Food

This also offers a complete diet for your pet. It has high moisture content and easy to digest. It also comes with ready to eat packaging. Wet foods also have some negative elements, wet food has more chance of getting perished. Also, this is not easy to travel with.

De-Hydrated Food

As with dry and wet food, they are also a complete diet food which provides nutrition in pure form. It is processed, however it’s less than dry food. has some cons alike dry and wet. It is not ready to eat food, it takes around 5 minutes to get prepared. Also, you need water to prepare this food.

Raw Food

Raw food is said, to be the best food for your pets because this has the richest form of nutrition in the purest form and fresh. This also has cons as you always need a frozen zone to maintain its freshness and you cannot carry it with you on travels. Also, you need to choose ingredients very well else there is a risk for dogs.  Changing the diet of a pet from normal to raw food suddenly will cause your dog, stomach problems, if you are switching to raw food, please do it slowly.

Home-Made Food

I personally prefer home-made. The ingredients are chosen by you of the best quality. It’s better for most people financially.   The negatives are you have to cook batches, and if you run out, it would take a day to cook another batch.

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 Best Puppy Food

The difference between Puppy food and Dog food, is Puppy Food has twice the daily nutritional requirements.  Puppies grow at rapid rates – So it’s essential that they are being feed a well balanced Diet.   You can still meet these nutritional requirements by cooking your food at home, however I would recommend a blend.   You can mix up kimble with wet food, and homemade with store brought.

Here is a Basic guide to what Puppy food should consist of.   I would talk to your vet about how much your puppy would need, as every breed varies so much.

Ingredient

Approximate Balance

Options

Protein

40%-80%

Boneless chicken, turkey, lamb, beef, pork, or duck; deboned fish, especially salmon; and eggs which can be cooked with their crushed shells included for extra calcium. Organ meats are very healthy as well, but typically should not make up more than 15% of the diet.

Fruits & Veggies

5%-10%

Carrots, blueberries, peas and more.

Fiber-Rich Carbohydrates

20%-60%

Potatoes, both sweet and regular; brown, jasmine, or white rice; peas; lentils; and oatmeal or barley in smaller amounts.

Fat

5%-15%

Poultry skin; rendered poultry fat from cooking; safflower, canola, or soybean oil; or ground flax seeds or flax oil.

Vitamins and Minerals

Vet-Recommended Dosage

Consider a puppy supplement with plenty of calcium for your growing dog. Consult your veterinarian for recommended brands.

 

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