What to feed your dog
One of the most important parts of making a dog part of your family is knowing what to feed your pet. Dry food, wet food, treats — there are so many options available, and you'll find a vast selection on our website. We make it easier than ever to narrow down your options by categories, like brand, type of food, type of treats, and shipping options. But before you shop, you need to know exactly what's best for your pup.
What to consider before shopping for a dog food
Not all dogs eat alike. Before you shop for a new food for your pet, there are some important things to consider.
- Is your dog a small or large breed? Smaller breeds may choke on certain types of food, while larger dogs have different nutritional needs for their energy levels.
- How old is your pet? Puppies have unique food needs compared to adults, and seniors may need even more specialized food.
- Does your dog have known health issues? If so, you may need to look for food made for problems like digestive issues or allergies.
- Is your dog active or lazy? Active dogs may need more calories and nutrients compared to those that like to spend their days curled up on the couch.
Dry food vs. wet food
Another decision to make as a dog owner is whether you'll feed your pet dry food, wet food, or both. In most cases, a mixture of the two works well, but you and your veterinarian can make the ultimate decision. Dry dog food tends to be less expensive, though most dogs prefer the taste of wet food. When choosing a dry or wet food, make sure each one fits your pet's dietary needs. If your dog has problems with its teeth or is older and can't chew hard kibble, feeding wet food only may be the best option. Smaller dogs and young puppies may also need a wet food if the dry food poses a choking hazard.
What nutrients do dog foods usually contain?
Just like no two dogs have the same nutritional requirements, no two dog foods have the same nutritional values. Learning to read the ingredients on the package and understanding what they mean can go a long way in helping you make a decision. Most dog foods include some type of protein, like chicken, beef, or salmon, and it's one of the most important nutrients for your pet. Dog foods may also contain carbohydrates in the form of ingredients like sweet potatoes, brown rice, or barley. Other nutrients include fats, fiber, and various vitamins and minerals. If you don't know which nutrients your pet needs, consult with your veterinarian for a recommendation.
Shopping for dog treats
While dog food should make up the bulk of your pet's diet, every pet owner loves to treat their best friend with something yummy. Treats make great rewards and are excellent for training your dog, and some of them even help with certain health issues. For that reason, we also offer a huge selection of treats in all shapes, sizes, and flavors at Every Day Low Prices. Choose from dog biscuits and jerky treats or bully bones and antlers. You can also choose treats designed with a purpose in mind, such as dental treats, training treats, and treats that come in different sizes for different breeds. Narrow down your options by categories, like brand, shipping availability, rating, treat texture, pet size, pet age, price, and the number of treats that come in each package. Simply use the filters on the left-hand side of the page to view your specific selection.
Choosing the right treats for your dog
With so many options, you may find it difficult to select the right treats for your pet. Start by selecting treats that are only meant for dogs. Cat and other animal treats have ingredients that may not be beneficial to canines. Speaking of ingredients, look for healthy ones. Treats with recognizable ingredients are generally better for your pet than those with lots of additives that you can't pronounce. Some pet owners prefer to give their pets treats that are made with organic ingredients or that were made in the USA to ensure quality control. And just like you would with food, think about your pet's needs. A small breed won't be able to eat a huge bone easily, and an inactive or overweight dog doesn't need high-calorie treats. Finally, you may need to experiment with different brands and flavors to see what your pet has a taste for.