How to Choose a Healthy Dog FoodDogs are omnivorous carnivores. Dogs are members of the order Carnivora, but that doesn’t make them strict carnivores, like cats. Current research indicates that dogs can eat a wide variety of foods, both animal and vegetable, and still be healthy. But dogs still have a fairly high need for protein.
Look for high-quality proteins. Proteins can come from both plant and animal sources. Raw chicken meat is about 20% protein, while a raw grain, like corn, is only 3% protein. So, when an ingredient like ground yellow corn is listed first on the label, it isn’t really a protein source. Chicken meal, essentially chicken meat with most of the water removed, is about 60% protein, and can be a good dietary source of protein in a dry food.
Choose nutritious carbohydrates from whole grains or vegetables . Most dog foods also contain some carbohydrate source. Carbohydrates are necessary for making dry dog food. Corn, wheat and soy have been identified as ingredients that may provoke allergic reactions in dogs. However, veterinary nutritionists estimate that only about one in twenty itchy dogs is actually allergic to any of the ingredients found in high-quality, natural dog foods. If a dog isn’t allergic, then corn, wheat or soy are unlikely to present problems. Barley, rice, oats and potatoes are other excellent carbohydrate sources.
Mud Bay stands by every food and supply we stock. If for any reason you, your dog or your cat isn't completely happy with something you've bought at Mud Bay, please bring it back. We'll trade it out for something that may work better, or simply refund your money.
Many people are surprised to learn that there is no such thing as a perfect dog food. What may work for one dog may not be right for another. Picking the right food isn't an exact science, either. Sometimes it takes a few tries to find one that works well. That's why Mud Bay carries so many different kinds of food for dogs.
For more information about how to choose the right food for your dog, stop by one of our stores for a free copy of our brochure, "How We Choose the Foods We Carry." A list of the foods that we carry can be found here.