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Why Should I feed My Dog Premium Dog food?

Looking for premium dog food is detective work because many products are called premium, but few truly are. To identify a premium food, become a label detective and identify the sources of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Truly premium dog foods provide:

 
  • Meat or fish meal as the main protein source
  • Whole grains and vegetables as the main carbohydrate source
  • Flax and vegetable oils as the source of fats (rather than animal fats)

Here are some examples of the difference between what’s in a name, and what’s truly in the product. Dog foods can be named “Premium Beef-Flavor Dog Food” without containing much beef. That’s right. The minimum concentration of beef in a beef-flavor food is 1%. Any company can call its food “Premium Beef-Flavor” and legally have only 1% of the ingredients as beef. For a food labeled Beef Dinner, Beef Platter, or Beef Entree, it is legal to include only 3% beef. So, decide whether what you want is a “Premium” name or a premium food. Look at the label to tell the difference.

Taste Of The Wild is truly a premium type of dog food because of the ingredients it contains. Typically, the first 5 to 10 ingredients are considered to be the most important ingredients on the label. The first five ingredients of Taste Of The Wild include chicken, chicken meal, brown rice, oat groats, and salmon meal. And because Taste Of The Wild doesn't include wheat or corn, it is also a premium dog food for dogs with food allergies.

If reading labels just isn’t you, then buy dog food from a manufacturer you can trust. Use the Whole Dog Journal as a guide to trustworthy dog foods. The Whole Dog Journal annually evaluates canned, frozen, and dry dog foods. Because the journal doesn’t accept advertising, they produce an unbiased list of foods that can be considered premium.

 

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  • To look for a premium dog food, check ingredients and confirm that they are added in a form your pet can absorb.  
     
  • Premium dog foods have meat or fish raised without steroids, antibiotics, or hormones. Premium foods also have whole grains and vegetables, and no animal fats  
     
     
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