Food and Nutrition
The pet industry has been experiencing explosive growth. According to The American Pet Products Association, almost 85 million households have a pet. The booming pet businesses are taking advantage of the new patterns that pet-owners use to feed their pets. Now, consumers search for products made with healthy ingredients, adapted the most to the nutritional needs of their pets.
In view of the huge dimension of the animal food industry, producers face increasing levels of competition up to the point that their products are subject to a permanent process of innovation and a variety of marketing alternatives. Now, pet owners have a plethora of options regarding nutrients, prices and pet-tasty products.
The universe of pet food brands is highly regulated and have undergone rigorous veterinary testing. This means that consumers could generally trust the text of every can or bag of pet food sold in the Market.
There are two big categories of industrial food for dogs: Wet food and dry food. If we compare them both we will refine our capacity to decide which one is better for our pets.
Wet food generally is canned and contains more proteins and fresh ingredients than dry food. Besides, wet foods are more appetizing to pet’s and could be easily chewed by older dogs.
Dry food, on its side, is less expensive than wet food and could be kept longer without refrigerating as far as dry foods can be aired without becoming contaminated.
In my case, I have accustomed “Mami” to routinely consume dry food. However, I eventually give her canned food when she has no appetite for pellets or simply as a reward.
Then, what is the best way to feed my dog? Like most questions, an infallible answer would be “it depends”. To zero in the nutritional needs of dogs, we must evaluate if the chosen food has taken into consideration their breed, age, and size. It’s highly recommended to select known brands.
If the owner has enough time and cook-devotion he or she could prepare some balanced meals in-house. In this situation, beware of some food that cannot be eaten by dogs such as chocolate, onions and garlic, avocado, bones, milk, beer or any type of alcohol, and macadamia nuts.
If you want to learn more about the best brands for your furry friend, you may visit those two websites:
For dry foods
For wet canned foods