As soon as you walk to the kibble cabinet, your dog already knows what time it is. Feeding time! Undoubtedly one of his favorite times of the day. But how do you know if your dog is getting the right food?
Read all about the digestibility of food for your dog.
Of course you would like to see your four-legged friend glowing with health.
Good food contributes directly to this. A shiny coat and a fit appearance are good indicators to find out if your dog is healthy. The ultimate answer can be found in the poop bag.
Firm stools, but not too many, means that your hiking buddy is feeling good. These are both signs that your dog is completely digesting the food. From now on, if you bend your nose to pick up a turd, you know what to look for.
In your search for a good type of food, you first look at the characteristics of your dog.
A puppy that is still in full growth needs different nutrients than your faithful old friend. The same goes for a Chihuahua and a Great Dane. Nutritional needs change after castration and sterilization. Keep this in mind when choosing the food.
The next step is a quality check of the feed. Just like humans, dogs need the right nutrients to live a healthy life. Even if you're not a nutrition expert, there are a few helpful points to keep in mind when determining quality:
- Proteins: preferably more than 20% of the total nutrients in the feed.
- Fats: Salmon oil in particular contains the perfect ratio between omega 3 and omega 6.
- Essential nutrients: these are vitamins and minerals that a dog can only get from food
can get. Examples are added vitamins A, C, D and E, linolenic acid and amino acids.
- Low Salt: Just like humans, too much salt is not good for your dog.
- Type of raw materials: proteins from meat/fish, for example, are more digestible than vegetable proteins.
In general, the more clearly the ingredients are listed on the packaging, the greater the chance that you have a good food in front of you.
Finally, the amount of food you should give is a good guideline for the quality.
High-quality food is easier for your pet to digest. The fewer grams your dog needs in proportion, the more good nutrients are in the food. Check the packaging for the weight of your dog and check how many grams of food is recommended.
With good food you keep your dog fit and happy.
A happy dog is a happy owner, right? That's what we think at Fokker. That is why we have developed a suitable food for every type of dog. With high quality ingredients, a perfect balance of essential nutrients and of course a taste your dog can't say no to.