Because you care about your pet's comfort, the food you choose for him is primordial.
The quality and type of food he will eat will directly impact his pleasure, shape, and therefore overall health.
Here's a guide to help you decide what to feed your dog.
Kibbles or wet food: what to choose?
In general, most of our canine friends are either fed with kibble or wet food.
Each option has its advantages and disadvantages.
Less expensive and easier to store in their packaging, a diet based on kibbles has many advantages. It encourages chewing, which will contribute to good oral health.
Our furry animals love them, yet they don't provide the same chewing and digestive benefits for your dog. Repeated consumption of wet food may, in the long term, promote the development of tartar on his teeth.
Following the advice of experts in veterinary medicine, we therefore recommend that you feed your dog kibble, which is more economical. Kibbles contribute to your dog's oral health and provide the same nutritional benefits as wet food.
However, you should pay attention to the quality of the kibbles you buy to make sure that they provide the right amount of nutrients.
Focus on household portions
Some people choose to prepare their dog's food themselves.
This has the advantage of having a clear idea of what your pet is eating and making sure he is eating fresh produce.
Nevertheless, we must not lose sight of the fact that industrial food for animals is made from ingredients selected by nutritionists specialized in animal nutrition.
With dog kibbles and processed wet food, you can be sure that you are feeding your dog a diet that meets his daily requirements in terms of calories and nutritional intake of proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates, etc.
A “home cooking” for dogs could be harmful to their health by offering an unbalanced diet.
BARF portions, what's this all about?
As an alternative to processed food, BARF portions aim to come as close as possible to the dogs' original diet.
They are composed of raw meat, bones, fruit, cereals and other foods found in nature.
Following veterinary advice and depending on your dog's activity, BARF rations can be a good alternative to traditional dog food.
Keep in mind, however, that today's domesticated dogs don't have the same nutritional needs as wild dogs of the past.
We recommend that you consult a veterinarian before changing your dog's diet.
If you opt for wet food, try as much as possible to buy “Premium” kibbles whose ingredients are rigorously selected for their nutritional qualities.
But don't deprive your pet of a little treat now and then!
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