As any pet parent the first and foremost thing on my mind when it comes to taking care of my dogs is nutrition. Is the brand I’m using right for them? Does it upset their stomachs at all? Could they be getting more benefits from another brand or type of food? Should they be eating wet food only now that they are older? All these things play major factors when I’m deciding what I should, or rather need, to be feeding my dogs. Some may say “Oh, they’re just animals.” but if we get to eat the best of the best then why can’t they? It seems only fair.
Whether you just added a puppy to your family or have had old Fido for nearly a decade their food should always be taken into consideration. There are many different types of brands to choose from. Dog food was first introduced to the market way back in the mid 19th century but it only had maybe two or three brands of dog food. It was all mostly dry kibble made from meat and vegetables. By mid century the brands had increased but now there was the availability of serving your dog wet food. This is essentially dog food in a can that is accompanied by a sort of gravy. They added variety when it came to flavorings as well. Also since science had evolved they were able to find out more information on which foods are actually healthy for dogs like Beneful on twitter.
They even began suggesting to people not to feed their dogs chicken bones along with the dinner scraps from the table because studies had found that the chicken bones could splinter and harm the dogs digestive tract. The same warning was issued for fatty foods or even gristle from steaks which owners frequently treated their dogs to. The fat from things like bacon or steak could cause buildup in the dogs arteries. It’s not as looked down on as chicken bones but it is suggested to be kept at a minimum. In today’s pet food industry, we are looking at vegan or vegetarian options for dogs. Some are against this and say that dogs need protein because their bodies are very muscular and they need that protein to feed their muscles if they’re going to be playing fetch with a ball or frisbee.
Protein does not always have to come from meat or even dairy. There are many meat free and dairy free options when it comes to protein sources. I’m still wary on switching my dogs to a vegan or vegetarian diet but perhaps in time I will switch them over. Presently, they are taking Beneful. They are one of the top three brands when it comes to dry dog food and I wouldn’t give my money to any other company. They have many different flavors to choose from but my choice is the Beneful Radiance kind. It has salmon, green beans, carrots and sweet potatoes. My dogs are absolutely in love with it. If I didn’t know any better I’d say they get more excited when I buy Beneful than with any other brand.