Dog Food And Nutrition
Dog Food For Healthy Dog Nutrition: 5 Facts You Need To Know
The choice you make for dog food is the number one source of dog nutrition for your canine. That makes it the single most important decision you make, and you make it every day. Here are the 5 simple facts you need to know to have a happy and healthy dog.
Only Two Laws Regulate Pet Food In Canada: The first is “The Consumer Packaging And Labelling Act” and it enforces 3 things.
- 1. Product Identity: Which means it must clearly state dog food in English and French.
- 2. Net Quantity: In English and in French metric units of measurement.
- 3. Dealer Name And Principle Place Of Business: This must be good enough for postal delivery.
The second law is the banning of SRM which is about keeping mad cow disease from Canada and it bans risky parts of the cow from being used as food.
Everything Else On The Label Is A “Voluntary Code Of Conduct”: The rest of the label information for dog nutrition is not law, but a guideline (read for yourself here!). You really need to trust who you deal with to ensure a healthy dog. Research any company before you buy their product, and see what their track record says.
How To Read The Dog Food Label: The ingredients list is in order of weight, with the first being the largest. This is a good way to figure out what kind of dog nutrition you are getting, but it does take a little know-how. You want a type of meat to be first, and remember that it’s 75% moisture content (grains are only 10% water). You want that meat to be specific; chicken, beef, lamb, etc. not just “meat”. Watch for breaking down an ingredient, like wheat flour, ground wheat, and wheat middlings. These may come after the meat, but if you were to add all three products together they could weigh more than the meat. It cannot be stressed enough, when you are looking for dog food for healthy dog nutrition, read the label and see what it tells you about how much trust you can place in that company.
You Are In Charge: No one but you decides what to feed your canine companion. We all make choices on what to feed ourselves and our families every day, and this is no different. You’ve already taken the best first step; reading and learning. Research what makes a healthy dog food, and what sources you can trust on dog nutrition. By making your own decisions, you’ll feel good about what you feed your dog.
Your Dog Is An Individual: Dogs can have food allergies, and they don’t all have the same one. Look at the health of your canine companion; skin, coat, eyes, teeth, energy level, and happiness. When you’ve chosen a new diet, mix it in with the old over a few days, increasing the new over the old slowly. Take note of the changes. Is the coat glossier? Are the eyes brighter? Is there a new bounce in their step? This way you can see what works best foryour dog.
You now know the two laws about pet food, and that the rest are simply guidelines. You know your way around a dog nutrition label. Remember that you are in control of what your dog eats and that your canine is an individual with their own dietary needs. With 5 simple facts you’ve taken control and know how to choose a healthy dog food.