Feeding dogs to keep them healthy is just as important as it is for us seniors to watch what we eat.
If you were presented a plate containing a cheeseburger and fries and another with a fresh vegetable salad, which one would you consider the healthiest option for your body? You may want the cheeseburger and fries, but you know that the salad will nourish your body and produce energy that you need to physically get through life. Most humans try to select the healthiest foods available to them most of the time because they want the benefits that come with healthy food:
When it comes to feeding your dog, the same logic applies. When you give your dog high-quality food made from the best ingredients, they receive all of the benefits listed above for humans. They have more energy, so they can run and play while living a happier life. They are more resistant to disease and illness, which means you are less likely to lose them at an early age. They are also less likely to suffer from mobility problems and injuries sustained from being overweight and out of shape.
Many dog food labels are deceptive when it comes to revealing what ingredients are inside their food. Terms like “fish” and “poultry” are used, but how do you know what type of fish is used or what parts of the poultry are used? You don’t know because that information is not revealed.
High-quality dog foods use real foods that contain vitamins, minerals and nutrients that dogs need to remain energetic, healthy and happy. These labels are specific about what types of meat, vegetables and grains are incorporated in the food. This way, you always know exactly what you are feeding your dog and it isn’t a guessing game.
Low-quality dog foods are the equivalent of feeding dogs foods served through many fast food chains. These foods contain animal byproducts, which are leftover parts of butchered animals that are not used for higher quality human and pet foods. These byproducts are often used to make fertilizer, soap and other products that you would never eat, let alone serve to your dog. Many of these products also contain more animal fat than they actually contain animal meat, which is unhealthy for any dog.
Just as your body functions better and fights disease more efficiently when you consume real foods as close to their natural (unprocessed) state as possible, your dog will feel better and live longer when you give them foods that contain real, unprocessed foods. That means lean meat, healthy sources of fat and whole grains rather than animal byproducts, corn, soy and wheat. The label should always emphasize real foods in specific terms so that you know exactly what your dog is eating.
You want to show your dog love by giving them lots of food, and you know they deserve a treat every now and then. It is still important to ensure that you feed them enough food to sustain their bodies without making them overweight. Dogs need to maintain a healthy body weight to feel good just like humans. You can help them feel and look their best by purchasing high-quality foods with real ingredients and giving them healthy treats without overfeeding during or between meals.