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5 Things To Watch Out For While Buying Dog Food

5 Things To Watch Out For While Buying Dog Food


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Just like we need nutritious food to keep us healthy, our pets too need a balanced diet to keep them hale and hearty. The saying what you eat is what you become holds true for our furry friends as well. As pet parents, the onus of making sure that our pets consume a healthy diet is on us. Here’s a guide by Brindha Prabhu, Co-founder of TABPS Pets, on the top five things to look for when buying dog food.

1. Switch To Food Your Dog’s Comfortable Consuming
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Pet dogs have their own likes and dislikes. While some of them like plant-based food, others are more than happy in consuming meat-based food. As a pet parent, you must watch what your dog at home is comfortable consuming and switch to the respective form of food. Remember what food is good for your neighbour’s dog need not necessarily be good for your dog. Take into account their allergies or dietary requirements, and accordingly make the switch.

2. Choose Nutritional Value Over Fancy Ingredients
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Don’t get carried away with the fancy ingredients that are printed on the labels. It is recommended that you hand-pick a food that is high in nutritional value. As part of food quality, a well-balanced food has the apt ratio of the essential nutrients like carbohydrates, fat, protein, minerals, and vitamins that meet the nutrient requirements of the consumer. If you have even the slightest doubt pertaining to what food is best on nutritional value for your pet dog, do not hesitate to consult a specialist for an opinion.

3. Opt For Low-Grain & Low-Carbohydrate Food
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Not all pet dogs are active and on their toes all the time. Even the most hyperactive ones do not necessarily require a heavy intake of carbohydrates. Additionally, feeding your pooch with food that is low on grain will help keep their allergy issues at bay. Experts say that food that is low on carbohydrates and grains will help maintain your dog's weight. The logic is that grains and carbs contribute calories that can lead to weight gain. Moreover, a small number of carbohydrates provide fibre, which enhances the health of your dog’s gut microbiome. Experts state that the various bacteria which is produced by the gut is important for the immune system.

4. Select Food As Per Your Dog’s Age Group
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The nutritional requirements of your pet dog change with age. As a pet parent, you must consciously purchase and feed your pet dog food that matches the age of your pet. Food is available for a dog that is in its puppyhood, adulthood, or senior years. Make sure that you are making the right choice for your pooch.

5. Don’t Hesitate To Consult A Specialist
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As a pet parent, if you have any doubts regarding what food is the best for your dog, you can consult a specialist. The expert would examine your dog and suggest a diet plan. Additionally, depending on how your pet feels after consuming the food, the specialist will suggest what food is the best for your dog.

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