Best Dog Food For Australian Shepherds: Adult Dogs & Puppies
The first thing you need to do when choosing a dog food is to determine if your dog is an adult or puppy. If it’s an adult, then it needs to have been eating the same type of food since its birth. You will want to choose a food that contains all the essential nutrients your pet requires for good health and longevity.
If it’s a puppy, then it doesn’t need to be fed the same type of food as an adult. A puppy only needs enough calories to grow up and get strong enough to fend off predators. Some puppies are born with extra energy reserves so they don’t require as much food. However, most puppies still need some protein in their diets because they’re growing too fast for their bodies not yet fully developed.
There are two types of foods that are suitable for both adults and puppies. These are dry kibble and wet food. Dry kibble is made from meat bones, which contain less nutrients than other kinds of meat. Wet food consists of various ingredients such as vegetables, fruits, grains, eggs, milk products etc., which provide your pup with all the necessary vitamins and minerals needed for proper growth.
What do you think about dry kibble?”
There are a few things you should know about dry food. It’s not only bad for your dog, but it can also be the cause of many health problems down the road. Most modern day dog foods contain harmful substances such as hormones, antinutrients and chemicals that can have a long-term damaging effect on your pet’s health.
Many vets will tell you that most dog food is bad for your dog. An increasing number of people are changing to a raw diet for their dogs and reporting great improvements in their pet’s behavior and overall health. There are no ingredients that are going to cause any harm when eaten by themselves, but when mixed together they can become toxic.
Most dry kibbles contain a lot of wheat, soy or corn. These are cheap ingredients that are used as fillers. Some of these ingredients are difficult for your dog’s body to digest. Your dog will probably eat more food to compensate for the discomfort, so this can lead to eating more calories than it actually needs.
Dry food has a very high water content so it won’t spoil as quickly. This can encourage you to keep buying dry food even when you don’t need too. These foods also have a very long shelf life so the manufacturers can sell it cheaper since they don’t have to worry about it going bad.
Dry food isn’t very nutritious either. Most of these foods only contain about 12 percent protein. This is far too little for your dog’s needs. Some of these foods have as little as five percent protein which is a severe lack in your dogs diet.
Keeping your dog on a dry food only diet can cause a lot of serious health issues. It can lead to obesity, which causes a whole range of problems such as liver disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. These foods don’t clean your dog’s teeth either so you’ll have to give it dental chews to prevent dental problems in the future.
This type of food is very hard for dogs to digest.
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