So, you’re doing some research on what kind of food to buy your puppy and you’ve become overwhelmed by all of the commercials? You’re not alone, it can become very confusing on what to look for and what to avoid, much like with human food. Below are some ingredients on what to look out for and what to avoid giving to your puppy.
- Your Puggle puppy may not have too much to say about their food, so check out the back of the dog food bag or can to see what the main ingredients of your puppy’s food are. Look for the main meat to be the first ingredient, followed by other natural ingredients that are healthy for your pet. If you see something that you aren’t too sure how to pronounce, look it up. Staying educated on not only what you put into your body, but your puppy’s as well is very important.
- Look out for “empty calories” or fillers. These can include corn and rice, which are not very healthful for your puppy or their growing bodies. Many companies throw these ingredients in to “fill” in the empty space in the bag or the can and make it look like you’re getting more for your money.
- Also, be on the lookout for “by-products” in your Puggle puppy’s food. These by-products can include; livers, kidneys, fatty tissue, brain, blood, and other unmentionables. You wouldn’t want to eat it right? So why give it to your “best friend?”
- “Meals” are also included in some pet foods. For example it could say; “chicken meal,” “lamb meal,” or any other kind of meal which is not accepted for human consumption which makes it very controversial for pets and their owners.
- Just like in human food, there are ingredients that are full of sugars and other products that can lead to an unhealthy body. Many brands of pet food have preservatives and additives, such as; MSG, sugar, and other artificial flavors, so be sure to avoid these as best as you can.
- Also, look for artificial colorings, much like the ones you would find in human foods. These dyes could be the culprit to food allergies in your Puggle puppy and can lead to other health issues down the road. Dyes are put into your pet’s food to make it look more appetizing, but does not add any nutritional benefits for your puppy.