You are what you eat! And the same thing applies to your best friend. Good quality products made with nutritional ingredients will also result in a better quality of life.
It might be difficult to tell the difference just by looking, as most kibble looks the same. Some pet foods brand will use this in order to sell low-quality ingredients disguised as a good quality product. Though the low price may seem tempting at first, low-quality products usually show to be more expensive in the long run.
Switching to proper nutritional products will often reflect in significantly lower veterinarian bills, as many health issues are a result of poor nutrition.
But less visits to the vet is not the only benefit of feeding high-quality dog food. Longtime benefits include more energy, reduction in inflammation of joints, less shedding, cleaner teeth, stronger immune system, healthier digestive tract, less infections, and a healthier, happier pet.
What makes a great pet food?
When in doubt what food to buy your pet, the best thing is to have a thoroughly look at the ingredients. If the product consists of an overwhelming amount of ingredients, then a great tip is to use the first five ingredients as an indication of the quality of the product. High-quality products will contain meat and/ or meat meal as the first ingredient, where lesser quality product mostly consists of cheap fillers such as corn or wheat.
Cheap ingredients will usually lead to a less palatable product, which is why some brands compensate with artificial flavouring and colouring. Products rich in natural sources of protein are not only more close to your pets’ natural diet- it also results in a great tasting product.
When feeding your pet good quality products, you won’t have to feed as often. High-quality products will keep your pet full longer, while still providing the necessary nutrients. As a result, less waste is produced as well.
Dare to investigate
Clever marketing and colourful bags may make seem like your pet is eating like a royal- while the exact opposite is the case. Look out for signs of prolonged tiredness, shedding, or a dull coat, which might be an indication that your pet isn’t receiving all the needed nutrients. When buying pet food, the rule of thumb is to always read the ingredients label, which gives an honest indication of the quality of the product.