Feeding your small breed dog the right food can make all the difference in its health and vitality. Before you make a choice, read the label carefully and consider the following.

First, a meat-based diet is best for dogs. Therefore, be sure that a meat product, such as chicken, turkey, lamb, fish, beef, or venison, is one of the first ingredients listed on the label.

Second, the protein and fat content of the food should be relatively high.

Third, preferable preservatives include vitamin E or vitamin C.

Fourth, for the most part, nutritional quality is related to price. Low-priced food will satisfy less of your pet’s nutritional needs and, therefore, your dog will need to eat more of it to compensate for this shortfall. As a result, you will not be doing either your pet or your wallet a favor by cutting corners on dog food.

Here are five dog foods especially formulated for small breed dogs.

Innova Adult Dry Dog Food – Small Bites. This Innova small breed dog food is made from only natural products and includes ingredients from all five food groups. The meat products in Innova’s Small Bites formula include chicken and turkey meat and skin with or without bone, as well as chicken meal. These chicken and turkey products are tested to be free of hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, and chemical preservatives. Innova Small Bites contains vitamin E as a preservative and live naturally-occurring micro-organisms found in a healthy digestive tract. Guaranteed nutrient analysis shows crude protein at a minimum of 24% and crude fat at a minimum of 14%. This small breed dog food is available in package sizes from 2.2 pounds to 30 pounds. It can be purchased at many pet stores. Go to www.naturapet.com to find one near you that carries it.

Innova Dry Dog Food – Red Meat – Small Bites. Like the Large Bites product discussed above, the Red Meat small dog formula is made from only natural products and includes ingredients from all five food groups. The meat products in this dog food include beef, lamb meal, lamb, buffalo, and venison. Innova Red Meat contains vitamin E as a preservative and live naturally-occurring micro-organisms found in a healthy digestive tract. Guaranteed nutrient analysis shows crude protein at a minimum of 24% and crude fat at a minimum of 14%. This small breed dog food is available in package sizes from 2.2 pounds to 30 pounds. It can be purchased at many pet stores. Go to www.naturapet.com to find one near you that carries it.

Iams ProActive® Health™ Adult Small &Toy Breed. This dry food is formulated for dogs more than one year of age and under 20 pounds. Protein sources include chicken (the first ingredient on the label) and chicken by-product meal. This is a premium small breed dog food with no fillers or artificial preservatives. Guaranteed nutritional analysis shows protein at a minimum of 27% and fat at a minimum of 17%. Iams is often recommended by veterinarians. It can be purchased at pet stores and many grocery stores.

Iams ProActive® Health™ Active Maturity Small & Toy Breed. This dry food is formulated for dogs of over seven years of age and less than 20 pounds. It contains an exclusive antioxidant blend to help to boost immune system health and easy-to-chew Iams Daily Dental Care™, which reduces tartar buildup. Protein sources include chicken and chicken by-product meal. This is a premium small breed dog food with no fillers or artificial preservatives. Guaranteed nutritional analysis shows protein at a minimum of 28% and fat at a minimum of 15% to 18%. Iams is often recommended by veterinarians. It can be purchased at pet stores and many grocery stores.

BLUE Buffalo – Small Breed All Natural Dry Dog Food. This is a holistic chicken and brown rice recipe especially formulated for the special needs of small breeds, including higher energy needs. Its balance of protein, whole grains and vegetables is supplemented with LifeSource® Bits containing vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. You can purchase this product at pet stores. Go to www.bluebuff.com to find a store near you that carries this product.

Sources:

www.thepetcenter.com, What is the Best Food to Feed a Dog…The PetCenter.com

www.2ndchance.info, What Should I Feed My Dog?

www.innovapet.com/Adult Dog Food, Small Bites, Pet Products – Healthy Dog Food, Natural Cat Food, Gourmet Dog Biscuits – Innova Holistic Pet Food

www.innovapet.com/Adult Dog Food, Red Meat, Small Bites, Pet Products – Healthy Dog Food, Natural Cat Food, Gourmet Dog Biscuits – Innova Holistic Pet Food

www.iams.com/Small Breed Adult Dog Food, Iams ProActive® Health™ Adult Small &Toy Breed

www.iams.com/Small Breed Active Maturity Dog Feed, Iams ProActive® Health™ Active Maturity Small & Toy Breed

www.bluebuff.com, BLUE Buffalo – Small Breed All Natural Dry Dog Food

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