Dog Food

Written by Robert Mac
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Dog food varies almost as much as dogs themselves vary--there are hundreds of brands, flavors, and qualities to choose from. Canines require different nutrients and amounts of food as they change from growing puppies to less-active adults, and you should make certain that their dog food is appropriate for their stage of development. As people are becoming more concerned about pet nutrition, pet food manufacturers are producing specialized blends to fill this market, from gourmet puppy chow to premium dog food.

Where are there so many kinds of dog food these days? People have slowly recognized the nutritional requirements of animals in general--and pets in particular--over the years, and have demanded more options in feeding their pets. You can now buy dog food for dogs that are young, old, overweight, allergic to wheat, and even vegetarian! A diet with variety is just as important to pets as it is to us.

It's a Dog-Eat-Dog Food World Out There

Humans first domesticated dogs around 15,000 years ago; while dogs may not hunt like their ancestors, they still need protein and meat products, as well as other nutrients, in their diets. Puppies, breeding dogs, and working dogs require a diet higher in calories; older and overweight pets should eat dog food that is more concentrated and has less filler products. Since your dog is getting all his nutrition from his feeding bowl, it's important that his dog food supply him with the nutrients that he needs for his current stage in life and activity level.

The pet food industry has recognized the importance of a properly balanced diet for pets, and has grown accordingly: it is a $11 billion dollar industry. Dog food now comes in a wide selection and with more quality ingredients to appeal to a dog's taste and health. Man's best friend deserves more than the same dry kibbles twice a day for the rest of its life--a balanced diet of quality ingredients will make your dog happier and healthier.

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