Watch the video above, where Lara Shannon from Pooches at Play discusses the different types of pet foods available, how to read the labels, and how you choose the right one for your pet.
Pooches at Play - Series 5, Episode 2
An easy guide on how to choose a good dog food
At Big Dog Pet Foods, we know better than anyone that your dog is a beloved family member. That’s why choosing a high-quality dog food that meets their nutritional needs is important. Here are some tips on how to choose a good dog food:
Ensure it’s a balanced diet rich in protein and fats
The ingredient list is a vital indicator of the quality of the dog food. Protein should be at the top of the ingredients list, so dogs can receive their daily essential amino acids to help their cell, tissue and muscle growth.
When choosing dog food, look for high-quality protein sources such as chicken, turkey, lamb and fish. Avoid foods listing meat by-products or generic terms such as "animal" or "poultry”, as these can be low-quality and lack the required nutrients for your dog.
Whole food ingredients such as meat, fruits and vegetables are green flags to look out for. Avoid foods that contain synthetic vitamins, artificial preservatives, colours or flavours. Check the ingredient list for potential triggers if your dog has any food allergies or sensitivities. You can check here an article about pet food labels and what to look for.
At Big Dog Pet Foods, our core range of raw dog food is available in a mixed protein blend of red and white meats in six delicious flavours to offer them maximum nutrition. We also offer an Allergy friendly range perfect for dogs who experience intolerances to some proteins. As well as a Scientific range of food for dogs who suffer from skin conditions such as allergies or require specific dietary support for joint health, liver health, kidney health or weight loss.
Consider your dog's age, size and activity level
Different dogs have different nutritional needs based on these factors. Puppies and senior dogs have other requirements than adult dogs, and larger breeds may need different nutrient levels than smaller breeds. Highly active dogs may require more protein and calories than more sedentary dogs. You can find more information on feeding requirements here and here or, if you are still unsure feel free to contact us.
How to choose a good dog food — choose Big Dog Pet Foods
Choosing the right dog food means looking for brands with high-quality ingredients and quality control processes. At Big Dog Pet Foods, our promise to you and your pet is our commitment to real ingredients that meet the same standards required for human-consumption meat manufacturing — we’re pet people too. If it’s not natural, it’s not Big Dog. Browse our full range of products and probiotics and find your nearest store today.
If you have any questions, reach out to our staff, who would be happy to assist.
How do I know if my dog is getting all the necessary nutrients from their food?
Signs that your pup has the right nutrient intake include having a shiny coat, plenty of energy, regular and firm stools and strong teeth and bones as well as maintaining healthy weight. You can check out our guide here. If you have any concerns, you should consult with your vet.
Should I choose dog food based on my dog's breed or size?
Yes. Dogs have different nutritional needs based on age, size and activity level. Puppies and senior dogs have other requirements than adult dogs, and larger breeds may need different nutrient levels than smaller breeds. You can find more information here and here or, if you are still unsure, consult your vet for further advice if required.