We all want the best for our dogs. We want to choose healthy, yummy food for them. After all, our dogs are part of our family. When it comes to choosing the right dog food, there’s a massive range of different brands available from the supermarket, your local vet and pet stores. Ziwi Peak offer a broad range of different proteins for your dog and are grain-free. It is our preferred “dog biscuit” and we find it works perfectly as training treats and filling up interactive feeders.
The process of choosing the right dog food can be confusing and overwhelming.
So where do you start?
Here are our tips to help you choose the right dog food for your dog.
Dog food labels
Dog food labels are sneaky. They’re designed to make you believe a bag of dry wheat is “meaty”, wholesome and healthy for your dog. Make sure you check the ingredients list and the order in which they are listed.
The order of ingredients will tell you the proportion of each ingredient in descending order. The ingredient used the most in making the dog food will appear first on the ingredients list, and so on.
Most dog foods contain “cereals” such as grains, corn, soy, wheat, barley, rye and rice. A dog cannot digest the carbohydrates that humans eat. Dogs who eat excessive amounts of carbohydrates may develop allergies, skin irritations and other health problems. Cereals are cheaper to source that real meat, so some dog food will often use cereals to bulk up the food and save costs.
Some dog foods can also contain cheap fillers (rendered meat or meals), preservatives or additives. Fillers don’t provide any nutritional value. They mostly end up being passed by your dog as waste.
Dogs need protein
Dogs need protein. According to the Pet Food Industry Association of Australia, protein is a “critical nutrient” for dogs. While many dog food manufacturers skimp on protein content by adding cheap grains and fillers to their dog food, the Ziwi Peak range is completely grain-free. Ziwi Peak also offer a broad range of proteins including lamb, venison, beef, chicken, fish and rabbit.
Ziwi Peak also make a unique “air-dried” dog food, making their dog food more like a raw food diet than a dry kibble diet. When normal kibble is made most of the ingredients are lost in the manufacturing process, but this is not the case with Ziwi Peak dog food.
When it comes to your dog’s food, look further than the fancy labels. Ignore the clever marketing descriptions of “gourmet”, “premium” or “prime-cut”. Avoid dog foods that group ingredients under vague descriptions like “cereals” or “meat and meat by-products”. There’s no way of knowing what types and proportions of grains and meat are in your dog’s food.
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