If you think your feeding your dog well and your giving him your leftovers with some vegetables, you’ve got it all wrong!
His needs are very different from ours. You want to give your dog the most appropriate diet to ensure good health. But you heard many different opinions, and you do not know what to choose.
There are several ways to feed your mate:
The traditional food is composed of rice or pasta, vegetables and meat, it refers to the ration that is prepared yourself.
The industrial diet includes all products sold in the trade and specialized circuits: cans, croquettes, dehydrated food. These foods are complete, very well balanced, easy to use and storage, often cheaper in terms of daily cost and are now very appetizing.
The wet food (that is to say the boxes) are either sold out, which means that nothing should they add, is to be mixed with cereal flakes and vegetables. Wet foods contain 70 to 80% moisture and are often packaged in tins of varying capacities. Their shelf life is 3 to 4 years after opening, they must be kept in the refrigerator and consumed within 24 hours. The boxes contain red meat, poultry, cereals, and vegetables.
The dry foods are in the form of mixtures or nuggets, flakes of cereals and dried vegetables, or only dry food. Dry foods have a moisture content of 15%. They are often presented in bags and in large packs. There are croquettes to eat as such or “soups”, that is to say, flakes to rehydrate. Because of their very low water content, the caloric intake of dry foods is three times higher than that of moist foods, at the same quantity. Learn how to choose your dog’s croquettes.
The semi-moist foods comprise 20 to 30% moisture and are often packaged in a carton. It is often necessary to give water simultaneously. The shelf life of these products is one year. Once opened, they must be put in the refrigerator and consumed quickly.
Special purpose diet:
These are foods designed for specific periods of the dog’s life, physiological stages, growth, adult, and pregnancy.The food meets the specific needs of the animal during a particular time.
Dietary food is targeted according to the animal, heart disease, kidney failure. It is recommended and presented only to veterinarians. It can be given all the life of the animal or over a given treatment period.
This term appeared in dog and cat foods a few years ago. A premium food is designed for selected proteins and themselves high-end. The pieces were chosen for:
- their good digestibility
- their high energy value
- their food quality
The protein content of the premiums is high. Each animal can find a premium adapted to its case because the preparations are a function of the physiology targeted.
There are growth premiums, active dogs, etc. They are currently found in specialized circuits (pet shop, garden center) and in supermarkets. Premium foods are most often found in croquettes.
The quantity to give must be respected very precisely since these foods are complete.