Read your dog food label to ensure it’s the best for your pet

Wednesday, 11th April 2012

Selecting the right dog food for your pet can be tricky as there are so many options on the market, such as wet or dry food.

The Daily Telegraph's resident vet Pete Wedderburn stated that there is not an easy answer to this question as it depends on the dog's metabolism and its likes and dislikes.

He did give one top tip of checking dog food labels to see what ingredients are included as owners should understand what goes into it as much as their own food.

Another way of ensuring a dog is obtaining the nutrients it needs is by buying food that is not cheap.

Dr Wedderburn said: "Feed the best-quality food you can afford – more expensive pet food is less likely to contain rubbishy byproducts (like chicken nails or cattle feet)."

Within six to eight weeks, owners will be able to tell if the dog food they have chosen is good for their pet.

A glossy, shiny coat, bright eyes and a spring in the step is a good way of knowing that a dog's diet is providing them with the nutrients they need.

Feeding dogs chocolate is a big no-no, especially after Easter when so much is laying around, as one in ten canines have needed pet medication after eating chocolate, a study by Dogs Trust recently found.