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The type of food your dog needs depends on its size, breed and age. There is also a lot of special food that is suitable for puppies, for old dogs or for dogs with allergies or diets. There is also raw feeding, called BARF, where your dog only gets raw ingredients.
Dry food has the advantage that it is particularly convenient and easy to feed. It usually comes in large bags and is inexpensive. Also, high-energy dry food is good for your dog's teeth. Wet food, on the other hand, is a bit more expensive, but is especially suitable for dogs that don't drink much because of the high water content. Wet food is also tastier for most dogs.
The age of your dog,
the size of your dog...
and the physical activity of your dog.
You should also take into account the particular phases of a dog that affect its eating behavior. For example, if your dog is sick, in heat, pregnant, or weighs too much or too little, you should adjust the amount of food.
Dogs that are still growing usually have a higher energy requirement than adult dogs. Unfortunately, there is no exact value for the optimal protein content, because this also depends on the age, size and activity of a dog.
Contain omega-6 and -3 fatty acids for a healthy coat,
have a high meat content and enough protein for growth,
have enough fats to be easily digestible and to absorb vitamins well,
contain plenty of carbohydrates to provide sufficient energy.
It is particularly important that you do this slowly and gradually. Ideally, you should mix a little more of the new dog food with the puppy food each day so that your four-legged friend can get used to it. After the tenth day at the latest, your dog should be completely used to the new food.
As a special food for allergy sufferers, there are hypoallergenic foods that contain certain single-protein meats or even insect protein. If your dog is affected by an allergy, you should not only use hypoallergenic dog food, but also treats that are compatible with allergy sufferers.
Dry food usually has a much longer shelf life than wet food, provided it is stored correctly. Fresh meat spoils very quickly and should only be stored in the refrigerator. Canned food that has been opened should also be stored in the refrigerator, preferably in an airtight container, and should be consumed within three days.