The mkst important rule every dog owner should follow is: If you want your dog to be healthy, you need to feed them the right way!
However, the problem with choosing the right kind of food for your dog is the fact that there are so many (and I mean SO MANY) options, that one just gets lost… And as if it wasn’t already difficult to choose, you go to the store and there are hundreds of brands with innumerable ingredients; wet, dry, and raw food; age-specific food; restricted diets, along with all sorts of advertising and marketing claims to decipher.
So, how do we choose? By reading the labels! And to be able to correctly read the lables we need to know how!
Dog Food Label Format
All pet food labels follow roughly the same format:
- Product and brand name or unique identifier.
- Quantity in terms of product weight, liquid measure, or count, depending on the formulation of the food.
- Guaranteed analysis, which specifies the amount of specific nutrients.
- Ingredients, which must be listed in descending order by weight.
- Nutritional adequacy statement, which must be backed up by testing that proves the food provides a certain level of nutrients. It may also include the life stages the food is appropriate for.
- Feeding directions.
- Manufacturer’s name and address
- Calorie statement
Now that you have it all listed, please visit the American Kennel Club website to learn what this all means and how to correctly read a dog food label, or click HERE.