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How to Choose Dog Food

Choose the right dog food for your pet and the rewards will be a shiny coat, bright eyes, and tail-wagging enthusiasm when you come home.


  • TIP: Purchase dog food from a grocer, pet supply store, veterinarian, or online.
  • Step 1: Consider feeding your dog a raw food diet including organic raw meats and vegetables if you want to mimic what canines eat in the wild.
  • Step 2: Cater to your dog's taste and select food they prefer. Remember to monitor your dog's nutritional needs and adjust their diet to life changes to keep them healthy and happy.
  • FACT: In 2009, the National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Study found that about 45 percent of American dogs are overweight.
  • Step 3: Examine your choices, including grocery store foods made with less expensive ingredients, premium foods made with higher quality ingredients, and healthier foods made with the most nutritious ingredients.
  • Step 4: Learn to appraise commercial dog food ingredients by reading package labels. Keep in mind the better foods list meat, fish, and eggs first.
  • TIP: Feed active dogs up to 20 percent more food than a dog with average activity levels. Feed less active dogs 10 percent less.
  • Step 5: Consider external factors when you choose a food, such as exposure to extreme temperatures, which may impact a dog's nutritional needs.
  • Step 6: Know your budget and evaluate how much you can afford to pay for dog food.
  • TIP: Expect to pay more for the healthier dog foods.
  • Step 7: Evaluate your dog's current nutritional needs by taking into account its age, body weight, activity level, and health to choose the most appropriate food.

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