The right type of dog food plays a big part in your ability to help keep your furry friend healthy. With so many brands and types of dog food out there, it’s hard to know which one is the right fit for your pet. If you’re a Fort Collins native, then you know how important all natural food is for our bodies, and the same goes for our pets.

While factors like breed, activity level, age and health problems do play a part in what type of food you purchase for your pet, there are a few ingredients that are commonly found in dog food that are important to check for. Not only should you be checking for these products, but you should be staying away from them. Here are some of the more frequent ingredients that are either toxic or provide no nutritious value to your pet.

  • Corn & wheat gluten
  • meat and grain meals
  • Food dyes
  • Rendered Fat
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Ethoxyquin
  • Butylated Hydroxytoluene
  • Butylated Hydroxyanisole

These ingredients usually soak up the nutrients that the healthy ingredients provide, counteracting what your pet’s food should be doing in the first place. While we would love to recommend one brand, it really is a pet by pet basis. If you’re unsure as to which brand and type of food is most suitable for your pet, ask us during your next visit and we would be more than happy to suggest one that will work well with your furry friend.

At Countryside Animal Hospital, we want to manage your pet’s health the best way possible. If you notice that the food you’ve been feeding your pup contains one or more of the ingredients above, it’s time for a new brand. While the brands with more nutrients may be pricier, they are a healthier option for your pet and allow for them to live nice, healthy long lives.