Today I am featuring a guest post from Justin Poore. He is an avid dog lover, owner of an adorable little black lab named Lexi and a promoter of people helping their dogs live an active and healthy lifestyle. Justin has contributed to several dog blogs and while he does not call himself an expert, he has done a lion’s share of research on what is healthy for pets and how living a healthy lifestyle can improve health for both pets and owners.
Avoid Choosing the Wrong Dog Foods With These 4 Tips!
Walking down the pet food aisle these days can be a scary endeavor. It seems that every month I see another product being recalled for contaminated food, salmonella, or any number of other problems. Products are telling me they are healthy and natural when that’s really not the case. Even packaging that says, “USA” on the front has small print on the back that says, “Made in China”. I don’t know about you, but I was tired of not knowing who to trust and what food were really the best for my little furry companion.
After doing research, talking to my vet and reading from experts, I found some great resources and tips to help you navigate the world of dog foods. The first was I found this great Free eBook from the K9 Wellness Association! The book entitled: The Beginner’s Guide to The Best All-Natural Dog Products , is an easy read that explains what a dog’s diet should look like, where modern dog foods have gone wrong, and how the right foods can keep your dog happy and healthy.
Another great tool I found was an article on how to read a pet food label from Paw Nation. This article showed me how read the label and not just the brand name. I learned which ingredients to say yes to, and which to be cautious of Read the Article Here.
The 4 Tips to Choosing the right Food:
After all my research it was pretty clear what was best for my dog, and what to look out for on food labels. So I decided why not share some tips that will help you the next time you’re in the pet food aisle!
Tip #1: Consult Your Vet
Before you make any changes to your pet’s diet, check with the doctor. Your vet is a great resource because he knows what your dog’s special needs are, and can recommend products and ingredients to meet those needs.
Foods made with any kind of by-product should definitely be avoided. These by-products are cheaper alternatives, and while you might save a few bucks, it could be at the cost of your pet’s health. Always go with high quality products.
Tip #3: Avoid Fillers
“Fillers” are products that do just that, they fill your dog up. However, the problem is that dogs have a hard time digesting these, and they can be a key cause of empty calories and obesity. These include: Grains, Preservatives, Chemicals, Sugars, Artificial ingredients, and more.
Choosing certified all-natural and human grade products is one of the best moves you can make for your dog. These products are designed to work with your dog’s body and meet their daily needs for energy, growth, and overall well-being. Plus by being certified human grade, you know it’s not harmful to your pets. One product that the free eBook turned me on to was Bailey’s Blend. They have a touching story on how they got started, and some great testimonials. You really can’t go wrong with all-natural.
If you have some great tips on what healthy products you like, or any tips of your own, please comment and give us your take!