Good dog food

Dog owners rightly ask which dog food is good and how to recognise this. Here we explain the decisive factors.

A large range of dog food is available. Whether in a pet shop or online - at first new dog owners often have no idea which food they should buy. Ultimately, they want to buy a good food at a fair price. But how can you recognise good dog food? And what is actually the best form of feeding? Wet food, dry food, a BARF diet (biologically appropriate raw foods) or a combination of foods (wet and dry food)? Every dog owner, vet and nutritional expert will have their own opinion on this. Luckily, healthy nutrition for dogs can be provided in the form of wet as well as dry food if it is a good quality complete food product. Even the BARF diet - which has been inspected by a specialist in terms of the nutritional content - can form the basis of a healthy life for dogs. When choosing the right food, dog owners should always consider the type of food (complete food, supplementary food), as well as the phase of life and individual needs of their pet. Young dogs need different dog food to older dogs, agile dogs a different food to more sedentary dogs, and healthy dogs a different food to sick dogs. Luckily, pet food shops offer a diverse range of good dog foods which are suitable for the individual needs of each dog.

Characteristics of good dog food

If you are currently looking for suitable food for your dog, take the time to read the information on the product carefully. Many manufacturers do not provide clear information about the composition of the food. There are, however, a few animal food manufacturers who are aware of their responsibility and clearly detail the composition of their food on the product. GranCarno Adult Rind pur by animonda is a good example of clear information in this respect. On the product it is clear that the beef content is 63% and is comprised of heart, lung, meat, liver, udder, rumen and kidney. Exclusively fresh, meat-based raw materials from beef are used, and it is free from artificial flavourings, sugar, soya and cereals. It goes without saying that they contain no artificial additives, colouring or preservatives. animonda offers a rich choice of high-quality dog food which provides the animal with all essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

Characteristics of good dog food

Gran Carno impresses with its high meat content

Dog food for every phase of life

No matter how good a dog food may be, it must also suit the life situation of the particular dog. The most important factor in this regard is to consider the age of the dog. A puppy has different nutritional requirements to a grown or older dog (age 7 upwards). Consequently, the nutritional composition of the age-appropriate food is also different. Puppies need a lot of energy in the form of high-quality proteins as well as minerals to promote healthy growth. Older dogs, in contrast, prefer a somewhat quieter life. In old age, and our dogs are becoming increasingly old, age-related illnesses are also more prevalent. A good dog food must therefore not only provide all essential nutrients but also meet their special requirements. This is why there are dietary foods, for example, for dogs with chronic renal insufficiency, excess weight, osteoarthritis, diarrhoea or a food allergy. These are available as both wet and dry food.

Tip:  If you are planning to change your dog’s food, introduce the new food carefully so that the dog’s intestinal flora can get used to it. Mix in a little more of the new food into the old food gradually each day.

Is a BARF diet better than good dog food?

The increasing popularity of the BARF diet is a relatively recent phenomenon. BARF refers to a feeding method in which the focus is on feeding raw meat to the animal. This is supplemented with fresh fruit, vegetables and minerals. Many dog owners feel uncertain about buying dog food as it is often not possible to recognise what is in it. Information on the composition (declaration) is often incomprehensible or formulated in such a general way that the customer does not know what is really hidden in the dog food. But in recent years a lot has happened. On the one hand responsible manufacturers have made a good contribution here and, on the other hand, it has transpired that a number of mistakes can occur in relation to the BARF diet which can lead to deficiency symptoms and / or an over-supply of nutrients. A Dutch research study investigated the raw meat diet in dogs and found pathogens such as coliform bacteria in many BARF portions. These bacteria can be harmful to young as well as older humans. It is safer to provide your dog with a good, high-quality dog food.

What does good dog food cost?

Good dog food cannot be purchased at a bargain price - this should be clear to any responsible dog owner. Nevertheless, good dog food does not need to be over-priced either. animonda offers you high-quality dog food at a fair price. If you are looking for a good food for your dog, pay attention to more than just the price - quality is equally important. Take the time to study what information is provided on the product.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is it a complete food?
  • How many meaty ingredients are in the dog food?
  • What animal origin do the ingredients have?
  • Is it free from artificial colouring and preservatives?
  • Is it made without added sugar and flavourings?
  • Is the food suitable for my dog in terms of age?
If you can answer all of these questions to your satisfaction and find no inconsistencies regarding the declaration, there is nothing to stop you buying this dog food. But there is one key issue that you should always bear in mind: Your dog must also enjoy the taste! Trying to force your dog to eat a certain food, just because you are convinced, will not get you very far. Luckily, however, a broad range of flavours are available which means there is always something suitable for every dog.

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