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Recognizing good dog food: Your guide to the best nutrition for your dog

Recognizing good dog food: Your guide to the best nutrition for your dog

You love your dog and of course only want the best for him, especially when it comes to his diet. But with the huge selection of dog foods on the market, it can be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. So how do you know which food is really good for your dog? In this blog post I will give you a comprehensive overview.

Ingredients: The be-all and end-all

The first glance should always be the list of ingredients. High-quality dog ​​food contains:

  1. High-quality protein sources: Meat should be first or second on the ingredients list. Make sure that the meat is clearly labeled as muscle meat and not as “animal by-products”.
  2. Natural preservatives: Avoid foods with artificial preservatives such as BHT or ethoxyquin.
  3. Whole grain products and vegetables: These should be fresh and not in the form of flour or flakes.
  4. No fillers: Ingredients like soy, corn, and wheat often serve only as cheap fillers and offer little nutritional value.
  5. No sugar and artificial colors: Sugar can promote obesity and dental disease, and colors are completely unnecessary.

The right nutrient balance

Good dog food should provide a balanced amount of protein, fat and carbohydrates. The content of vitamins and minerals should also be appropriate.

Special dietary needs

Depending on age, health and activity level, your dog has specific nutritional needs. For example, puppies need more protein and fat, while older dogs often need fewer calories but more fiber. Consult your veterinarian to find the best food for your dog.

Brands and prices

Brand recognition and price are not always indicators of quality. Some lesser-known brands also offer excellent products. Don't be blinded by advertising and always read the list of ingredients and nutritional information.

Wet food vs. dry food

Both forms have their advantages and disadvantages. Wet food is often tastier and contains more moisture, which can be good for the kidneys. Dry food is usually cheaper and easier to store. Many dog ​​owners choose a combination of both.

Reviews and Recommendations

In addition to doing your own research, it can be helpful to get reviews and recommendations from other dog owners or experts. But remember: every dog ​​is an individual. What works for one person may not necessarily be ideal for your dog.


Choosing the right food is crucial for your dog's health and well-being. Pay attention to high-quality ingredients, a balanced nutrient composition and take your dog’s special needs into account. If you are unsure, don't hesitate to ask your vet for advice. This way you can ensure that your dog gets all the nutrients he needs for a long, healthy and happy life.