There are scores of dog food choices out there. So many, in fact, that browsing the dog food aisle at the grocery store, or your pet food store, can be completely overwhelming. In these cases you can be tempted to just reach for the cheapest brand available, but this could end up costing you in the long run. Much of the time, poor health, digestion, and other symptoms can be traced back to the kind of food you feed your dog. Itching paws, allergies, low energy, too much energy, and poor looking or smelling stools are clues that you might have your dog on the wrong type of food.
1. Choose the right kind of dog food.
Did you know that more than half of all dogs in the United States are overweight? Overfeeding, and poor nutrition are in part to blame, so you can keep your dog healthier by feeding them appropriate food portions on a strict schedule. Speak to your vet about what portion sizes are ideal for your dog. You should also analyze the ingredients in whichever dog food you select, and look for whole ingredients, with the primary source of protein being the first ingredient in the list. Avoid foods that contain BHA, BHT, or any kind of gluten meal.
2. Save a little money by seeking out a dog food coupon.
In 2011 we spent 19.85 billion dollars on dog food in America, and in 2012 that spending rose to 20.46 billion. The better quality dog food you purchase, the more expensive it is going to be. If like me, you would rather skip a meal than feed your dog something that could negatively affect their health, then dog food can get very expensive indeed.
Pro Plan, Purina, Cesar, Nutro, Natural Balance, One Beyond, Pedigree, Eukanuba, Wellness, and other manufacturers all offer dog food coupons. You can seek out coupons online from either the manufacturer, or the retail store where you buy your dog food.
Remember, there are a lot of foods that you should never feed to a dog. Sugar, alcohol, onions, garlic, chives, caffeine, chocolate, peaches, plums, grapes, raisins, nuts, or dairy products are among them. Some of these foods are toxic to dogs, and others will merely cause digestive upset. For the health of your dog, and the health of your wallet, make a smart choice for their dog food, use a dog food coupon wherever applicable, and leave human food to humans.