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Premium dog food is one of the best ways to let your dog know how much you care about him. Premium dog food uses premium ingredients, and better ingredients help ensure better health for your dog. Premium dog food comes in three main forms: dry food, canned food, or semi-moist food. The type you select for your dog depends on factors like his breed, age, activity level and general health.

Dogs are omnivores, meaning that in the wild they eat both meat and plant matter. As long as at least ten percent of his calories come from protein, it doesn't matter whether your dog's protein comes from animals or vegetables. Diets that are higher in protein, up to around 25%, are even better for your dog's health. Premium dog food tends to have a higher level of protein than economy brands.

Premium dog food may be more expensive on a pound-for-pound basis than other types of food. However, premium foods often contain higher quality ingredients and a higher content of real meat. Inexpensive brands may contain a lot of fillers and meat byproducts. These are not only less healthy for your dog than real meat is, but they are often less filling as well. You may find that you feed your dog smaller portions of premium dog food, since the higher quality of the ingredients provides him with better nutrition and fills him up better.

One of the easiest ways to identify a premium dog food is to read the list of ingredients. Ingredients are listed on dog food labels the same way they are on human food labels: in order of weight. Most premium dog food has meat listed as the first ingredient (sometimes as the first several ingredients). Many bargain brands of dog food list "meat by-products" which are not the same thing as meat. Meat by-products include intestines such as the lungs and spleen, as well as blood and bones of slaughtered animals. Ideally, you want to be able to recognize the majority of the items listed on the ingredients. The fewer things with scary-sounding complex chemical names, the better the food will be for your dog. In most cases, the ingredient list of a premium dog food will include simple and easy-to-identify ingredients that are healthy for your dog.

Most dogs prefer a consistent daily diet. Some dogs have sensitive digestive systems, and changes in diet can cause problems. If you are upgrading your dog to a premium dog food, add a little bit each day to the food he normally eats. Gradually increase the amount of premium food as you decrease the previous food, over several days or even weeks.

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