Rules for choosing dry food for a dog - recommendations of a specialist
How to choose a manufacturer of dry dog food?
When choosing a product, we first of all pay attention to the packaging, and the hand itself reaches for the product that attracted us externally, and then we already figure out whether it suits us or not. In dog and cat food the same system of influence on the buyer.
Marketers are spending tremendous efforts to get our attention. And just like in goods for people, sometimes they embellish reality. Often you can see the image of meat on the packaging, which gives us false confidence that it was such a beautiful fillet that was used in production. Or the image of dogs and kittens that remind us of our favorites: it is doubly nice to buy food and admire the cute little face.
Also, manufacturers want to attract your attention with marketing inscriptions. You need to be careful with them, for example, the term “natural” is not legally supported in any way, that is, the manufacturer can use any products for manufacturing and write on the package that the feed is “natural”. Usually, using this term, manufacturers mean that the feed does not contain artificial colors, flavors and synthetic substances. In fact, it doesn’t matter what is shown on the package. As an attentive buyer, you need to pay attention to the classification labeling, composition, shelf life, how quality is controlled (the most famous organizations: AAFCO, PEDIAF), then without the help of a seller and without feeding experience you won’t be able to choose the right food . It is worth trusting a person who works with feed and has the appropriate experience.
It is sad that veterinarians are also not always able to choose the right food, limiting themselves to narrow knowledge in the production of commercial feeds, and advise everyone the same thing, or have little experience in selecting food, as they specialize in something else.
To make sure that you are offered good food, ask the seller why he offers this particular company, on which his choice is based. If you are satisfied with what you hear, and it will be specific arguments relating specifically to your dog, and not advertising phrases about ratings, popularity and accessibility, then you can trust and start feeding your pet this product.
Expert opinion: At present, in our country, high-quality feed has not yet been advertised on television. My opinion: that good feed does not need such an advertisement.
If you have any doubts about the quality of the company and you want to make sure that the choice is right, you should visit the official website of the manufacturer or official representative in your country and read about how the feed is produced, where the company buys raw materials for production, how it processes, which organization controls quality, on what their concept is based and how they developed it. This will allow you to orient yourself a little whether it is worth or not worth trusting this company.
Poor quality food is found in any class. More often, for beginning manufacturers or in small firms, but even for leaders in the market, when changing the production line or receiving a new batch of raw materials, one may encounter disruptions. In such cases, the characteristics of the feed change, which the dog’s body immediately responds to, the feed from a new batch or the change of company to a more stable one, in which the production and quality of raw materials are strictly monitored, can solve these problems.
Rules for the purchase of dry dog food
So, you are ready to purchase food, found a store in which it is sold, received competent advice, you were helped to find a suitable position in the assortment of the brand that you stopped at. There was an unresolved question: how much to buy?
You should start by calculating the daily allowance, immediately you need to take food for at least a week, and preferably 10 to 14 days. During this time, the dog's body will be able to adjust to the composition, and you will determine whether it suits your pet. In some cases, the adaptation time takes more than 3 weeks (for hypoallergenic feeds, medicinal or with a very sensitive stomach of your pet).
Ideal when it is possible to buy a small package. But if you have chosen food that is available by weight, then you should pay attention to the storage conditions in the store. Food bags must be carefully covered to reduce contact with air, otherwise the food will lose its properties even before it gets into the bowl. Pay attention to the granules, they must be all of the same type. In stores that specialize in feed, in which they value their customers, they strictly monitor the storage conditions of the feed so that you get a quality product. It is better to buy feed by weight in the same store, you will be sure that you will not be deceived.
There is no point in buying 50 g of dog food “for trial”! It can only do harm, even if you choose a quality company. You either buy for several days and smoothly transfer your pet to a new feed, or you don’t buy at all. You also do not need to stock up for future use, the feed has expiration dates, it is very important to observe them, and besides, open feed is stored less than in closed factory packaging.
Dry food must be properly stored, this is very important, because if the recommendations are not followed, the food loses its properties, and sometimes it can harm.
Always keep food in sealed packaging. If you buy by weight, pour the food from the bag into a plastic jar and tightly cover it with a lid (you can use glass and iron, but this is impractical). When you want to save money and you buy a large package of food that your pet will eat for more than a month, then for better preservation you should pour a small amount of food for about a week so as not to open the bag every feeding. So contact with air will be less.
Avoid storing in the sun, near a battery, etc. An increase in temperature leads to the fact that the food releases fat, it becomes rancid, and it is harmful to feed with such food. If you bought a package, opened it, and in your opinion the food is more greasy and clumped, with a strange smell, not the same as usual, then you can dispute its quality with the supplier: no one excludes the possibility of its damage during transportation, especially in summer. Most often, economy-class feeds deteriorate, for their safety they use the cheapest antioxidants.
Food should not be stored in a cold place, it is not necessary to put it in the refrigerator, and in winter let it freeze. Condensation may collect in the bag at constant temperature fluctuations, resulting in mold.
Do not leave wet and dry food in a bowl soaked for the whole day in a bowl: it may become sour.
Dogs should not leave food on an ongoing basis. It is better to feed them 1-2 times a day (adults) after a walk.
Is it possible to determine the quality of dry dog food by composition?
According to the composition of the feed, we can only determine which ingredients are included in it, how nutritious it is and how many vitamins and minerals it contains. But we can’t find out what components the manufacturer used. In good feed manufacturers write the composition so that the average person understands what ingredients are contained and what is the percentage. This should be confirmed by the fact that the food is well absorbed and eaten.
The leaders in world sales are those companies that have invested in their promotion - advertising, they were among the first manufacturers to enter the global market and appear with us. And therefore, more worthy firms find it difficult to compete, but over the past few years, people's opinions have been slowly changing and buyers are starting to think about what they take for their pet. But if you compare the composition of the feed, it becomes completely incomprehensible, how did these products become so popular? The answer is very simple - vitamin and mineral supplements. They supplement the poor composition of feed, their amount in the composition is an order of magnitude greater than in feed, where high-quality ingredients are present.
Feed production is a business that focuses on people, and then on animals.
When reading the composition, you need to remember this. For us, the main thing is that the composition is understandable, without further ado, indicating the percentage ratio of ingredients, and with the exact analytical composition (proteins, fats, carbohydrates, etc.) By the analytical composition, you can understand how true what is written in ingredients.
If the composition indicates that 20% of the fresh meat was put, then after processing about осталось is left from it.When the feed contains few meat ingredients, but high protein means that the feed contains more plant components.
The use of dried products guarantees production stability. And in the composition it is more honest to indicate the ingredients in the dry matter.
Dehydrated, dried, dehydrated meat, fresh meat flour have the same meaning.
There is great competition and struggle for the buyer, each company praises its products, and it cannot be otherwise. Therefore, when you find the food that suits you in all respects, buy it and do not hesitate. They do not seek good from good.
Is it possible to feed a pet dry food all his life?
Over the past decades, the animal feed industry has developed so much that we are allowed to choose food for any occasion. From the first feeding up to old age.
Feed is divided by age:
- from 3 weeks to 2 to 4 months,
- from 2 months up to 6 - 12 months.,
- from 6 months up to 12 - 18 months.,
- from 1 year to 7 years,
- from 7 years.
These are only age-related parameters, and there is also food for the beauty of wool, for thick and thin, for choosy, for animals with sensitive digestion, etc. Nutrition needs to be adjusted according to the lifestyle of your pet, without losing sight of it, periodically undergo medical examination, take tests, do an ultrasound of the abdominal cavity.
And if you follow all the rules of feeding and take into account the health parameters, then you will be able to feed the dog with food for life.