A good diet is necessary for the dog to stay healthy. But how can you be sure to give him the best food? Between the different types of food that exist on the market and homemade food, how to navigate? Our advice to help you make the right choice.
The different types of food for your dog
There are two main types of dog food: industrial food with its varied presentations and household food. To be able to give the best food to your dog, it is necessary to know what exactly we are talking about. Explanations.
Industrial dog food refers to two main categories of dog food: dry food and wet food.
Dry food represents dog food that is mainly found in the form of kibble. Supermarkets, pet stores and some veterinarians offer a very wide selection of this type of food. These are also the most used by canine owners and it is possible to find them at all prices. These are dehydrated foods which, in addition to their practicality for the masters (facilitated handling and preservation), these dry foods are composed in such a way that they contain the nutritional qualities necessary for your dog.
Wet food means dog mash which comes in the form of canned mash, in a tray or in a sachet. This type of food is much fattier and saltier than the dog food described above. If wet food is as common as dry food in a dog’s diet, due to its richer composition, but also its higher price, it should not be the basis of his diet, but mixed with croquettes.
Next to industrial food (the most common and the most used to feed dogs), it is quite possible for a master to prefer household food, that is to say that prepared at home in based on fresh foods, most often cooked.
For masters, the advantage of household food is to know exactly what their dog’s rations are made up of. In this case, it is important to focus on the quality of the foods that form the basis of this “homemade” diet. A certain knowledge of the contributions necessary for the good health of his dog is also required.
For several years, a diet called “BARF” for “Biologically appropriate raw food”, or, in French “food raw and appropriated biologically”, recommends offering your dog as an alternative to industrial food this natural food mode composed of raw meat, meaty bones, organ meats and vegetables, which would be closer to the canine diet.
Learn to spot the quality levels of dog food
Industrial dog foods available on the market do not all have the same nutritional and taste quality, far from it. It is important to know how they are classified to have all the cards in hand to give the best food to your dog.
Just like human food, that intended for dogs has made great progress in terms of its quality, its benefits, but also respect for the environment. Thus, organic dog food has appeared and provides healthy food for your pet, without pesticides, without GMOs, without preservatives and without dyes. This type of food labeled “AB Bio” does not ignore taste either and offers, for example, a wide variety of organic dog food (chicken, beef, lamb, duck, etc.) which our four-legged friends love for their gourmet side.
So-called “premium” foods refer to very good quality and balanced food. They contain everything the dog needs to stay healthy (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, fibers, minerals, trace elements). Its nutritional value and its composition make it a particularly digestible food for the dog.
“Standard” foods mainly mean foods that can be found in supermarkets at a low price. Often based on medium quality meats, this diet is most often much fattier. On the other hand, generally, it does not cover all the needs of dogs in terms of fatty acids, trace elements, etc.