Arie is a big girl, though we would never use that terrible three letter “f” word when talking about her; she’s really just big-boned, or, actually, a big breed (she’s also larger than the traditional White German Shepherd). Weighing in at 95 pounds, you can imagine how much my Shetland pony sized companion can eat. Being a protective pet parent, I really watch what goes into Arie’s stomach. There are many things to consider when selecting your pet’s kibble, and it’s essential to make a selection that gives your pet everything that they did, and nothing that they shouldn’t have. Here are a few things to consider while choosing your kibble:
- Many breeds have health risks (check the background of your mixed breed to find out what their’s would be) that can affect their diet needs.
- Does your pet have any food allergies? Pay attention to their behavior and scratching habits, and talk to your vet about possible allergy-inducing elements in food.
- Activity level and age are both important factors in choosing a food. Look for options that fit your dog’s life stage and activity level, whether they be a couch potato puppy or an active senior working dog.
- Do your research. Find out about a company’s reputation and their history. You want to trust the people who make your pet food, just like you trust certain brands to stock your fridge.
- Read reviews. Look for bloggers and other sources who aren’t paid to endorse a product. Additionally, read the reviews on the product’s and company’s website.
- Contact someone at the company with your questions and concerns. Their response is key–If they show care and concern with your questions, it’s a good sign they actually care about their product.
- Talk to your vet and trusted pet parent friends. They know you, your pets, and your standards, and have their own. They’re a great source of information.