The pet dogs that are often considered by humans to be their best friends, must be given just as much attention when it comes to food, as you pay to diet of other family members. There are numerous varieties of dog food in market, and it can get really confusing to choose the right one for your dog.

Measurements to Determine What the Dog Must Eat

The kind of food that you should be giving your dog on a regular basis depends to some extent on the age, weight, activity level and breed of your dog. Dogs like the German shepherd will need a lot of food and they will need it more frequently than other dogs owing to their size and activity levels. The best way to determine this would be is to take your dog to the vet and consult the vet for an ideal diet. The ideal number of feedings a day for any average dog would be two times a day though puppies will need to eat more than 2 times a day since their metabolism rate is high and they need enough food to grow.

Different Kinds of Dog Foods

Have you ever looked at the back of the carton of a dog food package and wondered if this is what your dog would really need and if they are in the right quantity? If so, then let’s get you through some points that will help you pick the best combination of ingredients:

  • 50% meat and 50% vegetables: This is proven to be the best ratio balance for a healthy diet. All the vegans out there, let’s face the reality that dogs are meant to be omnivores, so trying to get your dog to be a vegetarian may not be exactly very healthy though with the right amount of vegetarian proteins, smaller breed dogs can be just as healthy. Make sure that there are no cheap fillers like rice or wheat husk (that claim are healthy).

  • High Protein Content: Make sure that the protein content is high; there should be enough amounts of animal protein and vegetables like peas.

  • Grains Must Not Be Used As Cheap Fillers: A lot of commercial dog food brands use wheat as cheap filler. When this is done, you can be sure that there is more grain content than actual vegetables/meat or other ingredients. If the company does use grains, it must be whole grains (so there is a good amount of vitamins, minerals and fibres) of millet, brown rice, rolled oats and quoin. Charity for Dogs offers the highest quality non grain dog food. You can check them out at

  • Detecting Low Quality Food: When you see a high protein vegetable like soya or some meat listed right in the beginning that is followed by a whole lot of fillers and other unimportant ingredients, you can be sure that the dog food has more fillers than what is listed right above the ingredient list.

Last but definitely not the least; make sure the food has organic preservatives as opposed to cancer-causing chemical preservatives to ensure complete safety of your beloved pet.

Jack Oslow is a veterinarian by profession and runs a homeless dog NGO that cares for runaway and homeless dogs. You can join him in his movement, and support his cause, and connect with Jack on Facebook.