If you own a dog, then you know that the phrase “owning a dog” is actually quite misleading. Your four-legged friend is not someone you own. He’s a member of your family, and one of your best friends, always happy to see you and play with you.
Unfortunately, dogs don’t live as long as people, so to get both the best years out of your pup, both in terms of quality and quantity, you need to give him the best diet you can. Keep reading to learn four ways to determine the best foods for your dog and why they’re good for him.
1) Talk to your veterinarian
No one knows more about animals than your vet, and he or she should be your first stop for practically all concerns and considerations regarding your four-legged, furry friend.
Your vet not only knows what foods are ideal for your particular breed of dog but can also provide specific recommendations based on what specifically what your dog could use for better health due to his unique requirements. Even if you get ideas and suggestions from the rest of this list, run them by your vet before trying them with your dog.
2) Chat to other dog owners
Very few dog owners don’t know any other dog owners. It’s too easy a subject of conversation or small talk when you’re out walking with your dog, and they’re millions of dog owners out there.
Taking your dog out for a walk or engaging in any other activity with him means you are likely to bump into another dog lover at some point. Taking care of dogs is part science, part art and all love. However, getting ideas and suggestions from other dog owners about the best dog food is always a welcome opportunity, especially if they have the same breed of dog as you.
3) Look things up online
While getting ideas and suggestions from other dog owners is always a great source of information, you have to be careful. They might be flat out wrong, or they might be saying something that is true for their breed but not yours. Double check everything you ‘learn’ by confirming it through both online research and consulting with your vet.
4) Hit up a bookstore
Much as there’s a whole cooking section for human eating, there’s a pet section for taking care of domesticated friends as well. You’d be shocked at the texts you can find dedicated to not just dogs, but even your own specific breed.
It only takes two or three good books and a weekend of reading to turn your dog’s life into something amazing.
5) Check Out YouTube
YouTube is one of the greatest things to ever happen to the internet. There’s practically a video on every subject you can imagine. So too, there are loads of videos for dog lovers, including useful videos on training, walking and doggy nutrition.
Be sure to tap into this great resource and also do some searches for your specific breed of dog as well. You will most likely be surprised at how many videos there are out there about your breed of dog and how best to take care of them.
Since we’re talking about YouTube videos, here’s a great one on choosing the best dog food for your favorite companion.