A quality diet is essential for the long-term health of any animal, and our dogs are no exception. Any nutritionally balanced dog diet relies on six elements: carbs, fats, minerals, proteins, water, and vitamins.
The nutritional content of the food your dog consumes will affect his or her mood, behavior, overall health, and longevity. A 2007 study on how nutrition impacts canine behavior found the brain, nervous system, and every metabolic process inhibited by inadequate nutrition. And because a dog’s behavior is a direct result of what is occurring in its central nervous system, good nutrition is paramount to a well-behaved, high-functioning, happy dog who can enjoy many quality years.
There are plenty of dog foods out there, but not all are created equal. A meal plan for pets is highly individualized and can depend on variables such as age, weight, or underlying conditions. Nom Nom compiled a list of 15 things to watch for when buying dog food, from vet-recommended brands to artificial additives to avoid.
At the top of the list are considerations like the freshness and nutritional value of the food dogs eat, along with recommendations from a trusted veterinarian. Depending on the health and current status of your dog, secondary considerations such as dry or wet food and the frequency of meals may be important.