For many dog handlers, the choice of kibble is a real headache. Indeed, the shelves are full of very diverse and varied products and the packaging is filled with promises of good health and quality. However, the reality is very different and the choice is all the more difficult. Your dog needs quality kibble, but that’s not all. They must meet his specific nutritional needs and contribute to preserving his good health.
But then, what are the best kibbles for your dog? Discover our selection criteria in this file!
Why offer quality kibble to your dog?
Many owners do not make the right choices when it comes to dog food. It’s not because they don’t love their little companion enough, but the choice is difficult given the multitude of products available on the market, the prices that go from simple to fivefold or even the promises of good health and of efficiency.
The croquettes sold accessible in supermarkets have the advantage of being easily, but this is their only advantage. Indeed, if their low price may seem attractive, it hides a dark reality that is important to know. If veterinarians and specialists in the canine world recommend buying the croquettes of his little companion in veterinary clinics, pet stores, even on specialized online sites, do not see there the desire to extort you more silver. No, it is simply a question of offering you a quality solution, adapted to your animal and much more economical than it seems.
Indeed, the high quality croquettes are composed of first choice ingredients and they are prepared under conditions intended to preserve their nutritional quality. Conversely, low-cost croquettes are mostly made up of food waste (ground bones, carcasses, tendons, various supplements, etc.). On the one hand, these low-cost croquettes do not meet the needs of the dog, which will develop deficiencies, which will cause diseases. On the other hand, their low nutritional quality means that they are not really satiating. As a result, doggie has to eat a lot to satisfy his hunger. In the end, you have to buy a lot more content, which is not nearly as economical as premium kibble bags, and you will have to visit the vet more often, which will also impact your finances.
It is therefore better to immediately turn to premium quality croquettes which will not only cover the needs of your little companion and take care of his health, but also will not empty your wallet as much as you thought!
However, don’t go for the first high-quality brand of kibble you see, as it may not be right for your pet. Here are some selection criteria that we advise you to take into account to find the best kibble for your doggie.
Choice criterion n°1: the nutritional needs of the dog
First of all, you need to select a type of kibble that meets your dog’s needs. It’s logic ! You yourself are not going to eat a menu that is not suited to your needs. A healthy puppy does not have the same needs as an older doggie, a pregnant dog, a diabetic or other animal.
So start by taking into account the profile of your little companion to choose a range of croquettes that suits him. However, the canine kibble market distinguishes three main product categories:
- kibbles according to dog breeds : certain dog breeds have specific nutritional needs depending on their health, their weaknesses, their predisposition to certain pathologies, etc. ;
- the kibbles according to the dietary needs of the dogs : depending on the health problems a dog may suffer from, there are foods required to meet their needs (heart problems, digestive problems, allergies, etc.);
- the kibbles according to the physiological needs of the dogs : depending on the physiological profile of the dog (puppy, senior dog, pregnant female dog, sterilized dog, indoor dog, athletic dog, etc.), it is possible to choose a range of specific kibbles.
Thus, the first criterion of choice must consist in meeting the first needs of the dog according to its profile and its specificities.
Choice criterion n°2: the composition of the croquettes
It is then necessary to take into account the composition of the croquettes. To do this, it is a question of carefully reading the composition of dog food and analyzing their nutritional quality.
The list of ingredients
The ingredients that make up the croquettes are listed in order of importance, that is to say from the most present to the least present in terms of quantity. Whatever the case, it is essential to choose a product made up of quality ingredients.
Let’s go back to those who must and who can be present in the croquettes.
- meat (or fish) : there is meat and meat. Quite often, the share of meat is overestimated, since it is calculated in its fresh form, which can put it in the first position. However, in the finished product, its part has shrunk.
- The cereals : dogs do not need cereals, which are not part of their original diet. Admittedly, they are now generally able to digest them, but they must be kept in low quantities to avoid digestive disorders. However, it is better to eat kibble with a small portion of quality cereals than a grain-free product with poor quality protein.
- Additives : Avoid products containing preservatives, flavor removers, artificial flavors, colorings or texturizers. It is better to favor natural preservatives (ascorbic acid from vitamin C and tocopherols from vitamin E), even if the product does not keep for as long.
- The proteins : it is better to opt for a product that contains more protein (25% at least) than carbohydrates, but be careful, because some kibbles have a high level of protein, but these are by-products (bones, tendons, etc.) and not quality meat. Pay attention to the list of ingredients and the share of ash. Prefer animal proteins to vegetable ones, which do not meet the nutritional needs of the dog.
- Raw ashes : Kibbles with less than 12% raw ash are more likely to contain quality protein. Be careful, however, that it is not a question of vegetable proteins.
- Lipids : good quality fats are important for the dog and especially for his cells, but a good product must provide a healthy balance between the proportion of proteins and the proportion of lipids.
- Vitamins and minerals : be careful about the amounts of vitamins and minerals. Prefer kibbles that contain at least 1% omega 3 and 4% omega 6.
- Fibers : the fibers contribute to the digestive well-being of the dog and require a good transit.
Caution and Vigilance
Choose croquettes whose packaging is transparent on the content, with a list of ingredients and well-detailed components. A list that is too vague or too vague is to be avoided, the manufacturer has something to hide!
Also prefer products cooked at low temperature, as this helps to better preserve the nutritional qualities of the ingredients and makes the kibble more digestible for the dog.
Also, be on the lookout for clever industrialists who smash the ingredients to mislead the consumer – or rather the buyer. For example, to hide the fact that cereals dominate in the composition of croquettes, some do not indicate “cereals”, but “wheat”, “corn”, “rice”, etc.
This refers to the nutrients present in the product.
Choice criterion n°3: the price
The price is a determining criterion of choice. Indeed, he tends to see the quality of the product. Logically, cheap croquettes are therefore of poor quality. At less than 2 euros per kilo, it is useless to think that the product will be able to cover the dog’s needs. On the other hand, they can bring him deficiencies, digestive disorders, kidney problems or even allergic reactions. Of course, a quality product made from premium ingredients will be determined to be more in demand.
Nothing obliges you to buy the most paid croquettes, but avoid at least the first prices.
Choice criterion n°4: the effects of kibbles on the dog
To know if you have made the right choice in terms of kibble, all you have to do is observe your little companion. Quality croquettes, composed of carefully selected ingredients and which meet the needs of the whole or will contribute to its good health. Test several models if necessary, but be aware that it may take several months to see the effects of the diet on your dog.
Healthy skin, shiny and supple coat, well-maintained weight, maintained muscle mass, well-formed and low-odor stools, good digestion and a well-emptied bowl with envy are signs that a diet is suitable for those who eat it. consumes.