Very often veterinarians are asked: “What is the best food to feed a dog?” by dog owners. It’s a sincere question because most dog owners want to feed the very best to their animal friends. Good health begins with proper nutrition, regardless of price or convenience.
There is no single answer to this question “What is the best diet to feed a dog?” Or if there is an answer it is, “It depends”. Certain veterinarians relate the owner’s response to what they see in the patient. And over the years their suggestions regarding what to feed have changed.
Veterinarians have taken the pet food manufacturer’s declarations as fact, that an assortment of “Complete and Balanced” pet foods are nourishing because that wording was not legally permitted on pet food labels unless feeding trials demonstrated its reliability. BUT nowadays, veterinarians separate the good “Complete and Balanced” diets from the poor ones by rationalizing that the poor diets are based on high levels of maize, meaning maize was listed as the first ingredient in the ingredient list on the label, and the good diets are based on chicken or some other meat source such as lamb or beef. Another concern of veterinarians is the imbalance of calcium and phosphorus in a dog’s diet which can lead to health disasters.
Therefore veterinarians approach different dog foods in regards to the nutrient profile of the different foods and pay special attention to animals that come in for skin problems, skeletal dysfunction, gastrointestinal problems or oral health issues. Veterinarian’s perception to the key to the healthy dogs’ diets was that they consume a diet based upon meat and poultry, while the poor doers were eating diets based upon grain such as maize and wheat!
Complete invests each year in research and development. This includes both basic research into new and improved formulations as well as the protocols to validate their efficacy. All this ongoing research and development ensures dog owners that Complete meets the animal’s nutritional daily needs. The need for meat and poultry products as a foundation for superior nutrition for dogs is now understood by veterinarians. Therefore, one of the parameters you need to know when you are trying to determine the best food to feed your dog is this: Is the diet meat-based or grain-based? The meat-based diets are the better choice. (Remember, we’re talking about normal dogs, not those with heart, thyroid or other abnormalities.) Complete contains real ostrich in Puppy, Adult Maintenance & Elite diets, whereas Complete Classique contains real beef as the main protein source. There are subtle nutritional variations in the amino acid spectrum and the fatty acid composition contributed by the different meat or poultry protein sources.
Healthy dogs should be at or within five percent of the animal’s ideal body weight. Excess weight is associated with increased complications. Exercise and pregnant bitches place nutritional drain on these animals. One of the nutrient types that are depleted are fatty acids during this stage. If the animal is fed a diet with a balanced ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids between 5-10;1 ratio, the animal is able to normalize the fatty acid status by feeding a diet like the Complete range which has a balanced ratio of fatty acids.
In the GUARANTEED ANALYSIS look for the Protein content to be at least 20 percent, the Fat content to be at least 8 percent, preservatives to be via Vitamin E and/or C and look for Omega Fatty Acid to be present. Thus, optimum nutrition demands that protein, fat, carbohydrate and micronutrients such as minerals and vitamins are in balance with each other. Therein lies the danger of a breeder supplementing an already properly formulated diet! Once again, the Complete range fits these type of nutrient levels that veterinarians look at.
Veterinarians prefer not to have included in the foods colours and artificial flavourants. Complete contains no colours and the colour variation you may see is due to the seasonal natural ingredients that are added into the Complete formulations.
Another reason why your veterinarian should be recommending Complete as your animal’s diet is that Complete Puppy, Adult, Classique and Elite are highly digestible commercial foods with actual digestibility results, monitored by a local veterinarian, of over 80 percent dry matter digestibility.
Go on speak to your veterinarian who would be able to recommend the Complete range to you after the various benefits described and explained above, your dog will thank you for his overall health and condition.