Here we will give you the information you need to make a well informed decision about the nutritional needs of YOUR dog.
*These are ONLY recommendations
The amount of feed will vary with breed, size, activity level, and condition.
Always provide plenty of fresh water for your dogs.
PUPPIES: At 3 - 4 weeks of age, begin feeding puppies, the dry food your feeding there mother, softened with warm water. Feed as much as they will consume three times a day until six months old, then twice a day until nine months. When feeding dry, food may be kept available for the puppies at all times.
PREGNANT & LACTATING FEMALES: During pregnancy, feed twice a day, adjusting the amount to provide weight gain without her becoming over weight. After whelping, the nursing female should be FREE FED.
*These Nutrients are not Recognized as essential by AAFCO. How ever they have been shown to help with Skin & Fur health.
**This is an alternative to the Omega Fatty Acid's
Crude Protein: This is where your dog gets the nutritional requirements to maintain good skin and coat health, as well as muscle tone. The percent of crude protein is determined by the Breed and Activity Level.
Crude Fat: This is where your dog gets the energy that it needs to have an active healthy life. The percent of crude fat is determined by the Breed and Activity Level.
Crude Fiber: Is essential to a balanced diet.
Moisture: Is part of the manufacturing proses.
Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids / Linoleic Acid: While these nutrients are not recognized as essential by the AAFCO. It has been shown to help with skin & coat shine and health.
Probiotics: These are beneficial bacteria that colonize our pets intestinal tract. Organisms called Bifidobacteria colonize the large intestine while Lactobacillus organisms colonize the small intestine.
Time to Decide
When deciding on a dog food you need to think about the Protein% and Fat%. After you meet your dogs requirements based on Breed. and Activity Level, you will want to look at the ingredients list. As you have seen there are many ingredients that go into dog food. In the examples below you will see in Brand A the protein and fat are more meat based. While in Brand B the protein and fat are more vegetable base. Dogs digestive system was designed by nature to process animal based protein, there for when looking for a Quality dog food purchase brands with the meat ingredients in the beginning of the list. These list are like the list of ingredients on your food. The first ingredient is the largest percentage of the product, and so on down the list.
INGREDIANTS: lamb,poultry meal,ground yellow corn,brew's rice,chicken by-product meal,dried beet pulp,dried brewers yeast,malted barley flour,ground flax seed,potassium chloride,dicalcium phosphate,zinc oxide,vitamin E supplement,niacin,iron sulfate,copper sulfate,vitamin A supplement,calcium pantothenate,biotin,vitamin B12 supplement,thiamine mononitrate,menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K-activity),calcium iodate,vitamin D3 supplement,folic acid,sodium selenite
INGREDIANTS: ground yellow corn,brew's rice,chicken by-product meal,dried brewers yeast,malted barley flour,potassium chloride,dicalcium phosphate,zinc oxide,vitamin E supplement,niacin,iron sulfate,copper sulfate,vitamin A supplement,calcium pantothenate,biotin,vitamin B12 supplement,thiamine mononitrate,calcium iodate,vitamin D3 supplement,folic acid,sodium selenite
If you and your pet are happy with the brand of dog food (cat food) you are using know, you don't have to change to get the benefits of Probiotics. There are several companies that provide them as supplements, in the form of additives to exciting feed, or in the form of treats. These products can boost the Immune System, which will help your pets stay healthy. They also help keep there Digestive System working at peak performance. This ensures your pets will get all the nutritional value from there feed.
The word "Probiotic" literally means "For Life." Probiotics are good bacteria that help in supporting a healthy digestive system. All animals, including humans, need beneficial bacteria to improve intestinal balance, health, and performance.
Probios® for dogs, cats, and horses provides your pet or equine with the highest quality, active beneficial bacteria that improve digestive health. Probios® is the world’s most widely recognized, researched, and used brand of DFM (direct-fed microbial).