Dog foods do vary in quality. So do the companies that make the foods. To some companies, quality is only a word. To others, it’s a way of life.
Ultimately, the quality of a dog food is best measured by your dog; how your dog performs on the food, how he looks, feels and acts are the best measures of the quality of any food.
At least 80 per cent of my clients that report behavioural problems find that a change of food changes the unwanted behaviour.
No matter what a food company claims, unless your dog has bright eyes, silky hair, supple skin and is not overweight, then the food is not right for him.
Not all dogs do well on a particular brand of food; some dogs simply do better than others.
Most foods are categorised as ‘Economy,’ ‘Regular,’ ‘Premium,’ ‘Super Premium’ and ‘Performance.’ Regular and Premium foods are not formulated like a Super Premium or Performance food.
Dogs have simple stomachs and short digestive tracts for digesting meat. They also lack the saliva enzyme, amylase, which is necessary for pre-digesting starch. Dogs have adapted to foods with high vegetable protein levels, although they
perform better when fed foods high in meat protein and animal fats.
Checking the label of a Super Premium or Performance food, an animal protein will be listed as the first or second major ingredient. These should include either chicken, or turkey meat, poultry by-products, meals, meat or pork meals or other
animal by-products. A least two sources of fat or oil should be included for adequate energy and essential fatty acids.
To sum it all up, then; let’s compare Regular/Economic foods to Regular Petrol, then compare a Premium food to a Premium petrol, and of course Super Premium food to a Super Premium petrol.