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Dog Food - How to Select the Best Dog Food

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Choosing the best dog food is one of the first and most important decisions you will make for your dog. Feeding good quality dog food will enhance your pet's health and longevity. There are dozens of types and brands of dog food to choose from, and trying to choose the right one can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you choose the best food one for your dog!

Desirable Features of Dog Food

  • Dog foods formulated for the proper life stage of your pet such as puppies, adults or senior pets

  • Food formulated and designed for the size of your puppy or dog

  • AAFCO approved (Choose diets that conform to minimal Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) standards

  • Recommended by your veterinarian

  • Consistent

  • High quality ingredients

    Ideal Choice in Dog Food

  • Choose a dog food formulated specifically for your pet's needs. Choose complete and balanced foods, AAFCO approved for the life stage of your pet. For example, if you have a puppy, choose a food AAFCO approved for puppies (NOT adult dogs). Hill's® Science Diet® makes great quality foods formulated to meet the needs of different breed sizes of puppies and dogs and different taste preferences.

    Shopping Tips for Dog Food

  • The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) publishes feed regulations and ingredient definitions of dog food. If the pet food follows the guidelines set forth by AAFCO, the label will include a statement that says "Formulated to meet the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile for Puppies/Adults/Senior.”)

  • It is not a requirement to meet AAFCO standards in order to sell dog food, so buyers beware. Check the labels and compare products.

    More Tips for Buying Dog Food

  • Good nutrition may be the most important factor affecting your dog's health. This is especially true in growing puppies. Feed the best quality dog food you can afford

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    Buy Flint River Ranch -- you'll see a difference immediately!
    by collanshelash, Friday, April 04, 2008

    Comment: I've been buying this food for my Border Collie mix for over 3 years and she loves it! Her coat is always shiny and looks like she's been freshly groomed even when she hasn't been. Her breath smells good and she never has any kind of odor at all. We just r...

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    by food, Wednesday, January 09, 2008

    Comment: healthiest dog food Gone to the Dogs Bakery offers gourmet dog treat bakery, gourmet dog treat, gourmet dog treats, gourmet dog bones, turkey gourmet dog bones, cheddar gourmet dog bones, gourmet pet products, dog birthday cake, natural gourmet dog treats,...

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    Dr. Harvey's is a great food!
    by L Kane, Wednesday, January 02, 2008

    Comment: Dr.Harvey's makes all natural and organic foods and treats. I have found all of their products to be of superior quality.They make everything themselves and their foods are not made in one of the "recalled" factories. I also like dealing with th...

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    Cooking for your dog with Dr.Harvey's
    by L Kane, Wednesday, January 02, 2008

    Comment: I read your comment about cooking for your dog and I think that is the very best choice! I would like to suggest that those who are thinking about making their own, homemade dog food, that it can be a lot easier if they do it with Dr. Harvey's pre-mixes. I...

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    Blue (Blue Buffalo) is a great food
    by DLV, Tuesday, December 11, 2007

    Comment: Blue Buffalo is a very high quality food; I believe it's the only high quality dog food that can be obtained at a chain pet store. Some other high quality foods commonly found at independent retailers are Innova/Innova Evo, Orijen, Go! Natural, Nature's V...

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