A large part of your dog’s health depends on what he puts in his mouth – and I don’t mean his chew toys. You may want to keep an eye on that as well, but I’m specifically talking about your dog’s meals.
When looking for the right kind of diet for you pup, there are lots of things you should keep in mind in order to ensure that your dog is getting exactly what he needs to boost his longevity and health.
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How To Choose Food That Helps Your Dog Live Longer
1. Meat, Not Wheat
If you check the ingredients on an every-day kibble, you’ll find an endless list of processed grains and wheat. These ingredients can actually lead to lethargy and GI problems for your pet. The bottom line is, your dog needs meat, not wheat. Look for foods that contain quality cuts of real meat, since this is what your dog needs and craves–protein.
You may have seen the term “human-grade” on many popular dog foods. Although it is commonly believed that this phrase means that the food is edible for humans, according to the AAFCA, “human-grade” has no official definition and is very likely to not be fit for human consumption. Trudog food is unique in that it has quality products that have actually been tested on humans. Although I wouldn’t recommend that you chow down along with your dog at mealtime, you can rest assured that your dog is completely safe to chow down on his own.
3. Steer Clear Of “Feed” And “Meal”
Another common finding on dog food labels are the terms “feed” and “meal”. The term “feed” allows companies to legally use meat from diseased, dead, and disabled animals in their products. “Meat meal” is also just as sketchy, and is basically another way of saying “rendered” meat, which is the by-products of fallen animals. This can include materials such as plastic, blood, feathers, and even roadkill. Not something you want your dog to have regular access to.
4. Fresh Food, Fresh Ingredients
In order to add more storage and transportation time, many dog foods are stripped of their natural nutrients and replaced with synthetic vitamins and minerals. This is entirely unhealthy for your dog and can negatively affect everything their digestive system, coat and skin, and overall health. Trudog food is freeze dried raw in order to lock in all the vital nutrients that your dog needs, wants, and loves.
5. Portion Sizes
Many dog food brands will give you a general guideline of how much food your dog needs solely based on whether they are puppy or adult. You and I both know that there are way more factors to consider when figuring out just how much food your dog needs in order to maintain optimal health. Trudog looks at the breed, weight, energy level, age, and many other factors in order to help you find a personalized meal plan just for your pup.
Traditional dog food companies fill their products with artificial preservatives and harmful chemicals in order to stretch out the shelf life. Your dog’s digestive system shouldn’t need to deal with that! Once again, Trudog food comes in clutch by ensuring that the contents of your dog bowl contain no chemicals, no contamination, and no fillers. You can know exactly what your dog is eating, and remain positive that it’s all doing your pup a favor.
7. The Truth About Veggies
Many dog food companies are starting to add more vegetables and fruits into their products. While vegetables can give added nutrition to your pet, most of the time the veggie and fruit fillers used in dog foods are not top quality. Trudog keeps vegetables out of dog food in order to ensure full nutrient-level, and give you the opportunity to shop for your dog’s veggies right out of the human section! This way you can ensure that your dog is getting 100% of the nutrients from both his dog food and his veggies.
Dog’s are happiest when they are healthiest, and chances are if your dog is happy, so are you! Making sure your dog is eating right is the first step to making sure they live a long, happy, and healthy life. Let us know if you have any thoughts in the comments below!