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As you shop for dog food, the wide range of foods available often astounds you. You notice some brands are
labeled “premium”. What does this mean, how does premium food affect your dog’s health, and how do you
choose the right premium food for your dog?
Sources and availability of nutrients is key in the choosing your dog’s food. Dog foods vary in
the quality of ingredients, formula and the nutritional value in the food. Premium dog foods
typically have higher standards in each of these important variables.
for my dog?
Your dog’s nutritional needs are based on age, activity level, temperament, environment and
physical makeup. Look for a food that fits your pet and the environment rather than breed. If
you’re unsure about what to feed your pet, contact your veterinarian.
Premium dog foods typically have higher quality protein sources, no artificial dyes, and added
antioxidants and vitamins. Better ingredients means better digestibility and contributes more
to the health of your dog. The nutritional value per kibble is higher than most economy
brands, meaning your pet will have to eat less of a premium brand to get the same nutrition.
A major difference aside from cost is the poop! If your dog has to eat more of the economy
brand than the premium brand for the same nutritional content, there is a lot more waste that
you will have to dispose of.
So before you buy, compare the feeding guide of each brand (usually at the back of the bag).
You may be surprised to find that premium foods may actually be less expensive and healthier
for your dog.
What to look
for in dog food
When you look at the nutrient analysis on the back of the package, you will find the minimum
levels of protein, fiber and fat in the diet. But you also need to carefully examine the ingredient
list. Protein can come from a variety of sources, including plant matter, so you need to make