(DOGS/PET CARE) Our favorite furry friends will often beg  for scraps at the dinner table, and who can resist with those pleading eyes and precious paws?While your dog will thank you for giving in, his digestive system may not.

Here’s a list of ingredients to consider when purchasing your next can of dog food that will guarantee man’s best friend is always feeling his best. — Global Animal

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Although it’s tempting to feed your pet at the dinner table, it may cause more harm than good. Photo Credit: Boeke/Flickr

(Dog)Spired, Amanda Stark

Understanding how to pick the best food for your dog is an integral part of being a pet owner. Dog food manufacturers are required by federal law to list all of a product’s ingredients in descending order of their pre-cooking weights. The first few items on any dog food ingredients list tend to be the most important.

When evaluating any dog food, look for a high quality, digestible meat-based protein, as close to the top of the list as possible. Choose a food that has high amounts of protein (beef, chicken, lamb, turkey, salmon). Grain sources should also be whole grains, as opposed to glutens or other processed products. Rice and barley are better than corn or wheat. Avoid meat by-products and meat-and-bone meals.

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Although dry dog food is convenient to store, pet nutritionists say that canned food may be better than dry food, mostly because it contains fewer preservatives (the canning process itself acts as a preservative). Canned dog food generally contains less grain and more moisture, which helps keep a dog hydrated and benefits the urinary tract.

Here is a list of the top main ingredients that, when found in your dog’s food, can add to his wellbeing and excellent physical condition:

Beef: Contributes high-quality protein,essential amino acids, fat, and trace minerals. Helps provide energy, and promotes healthy skin and coat, strong muscles, and a strong skeletal system. Helps to improve taste and supports a healthy immune system.

Brown Rice: Promotes digestive health, provides carbohydrates that can be used for energy, and provides Linoleic Acid, which is an essential Omega fatty acid for skin and coat.

Chicken: Provides high-quality protein and essential amino acids, which are building blocks for a pet’s body; provides  fat, calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals.

Lamb: Lamb is a prime source of meat protein. Supports growth and maintenance of almost all tissues of the body, including muscle, hair, bone, and organs.

Oatmeal: Contributes carbohydrates and fat, helps provide energy, and promotes digestibility.

Turkey: Contributes high-quality protein and essential amino acids, fat, calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals. Helps provide energy, and promotes healthy skin and coat, strong muscles, bones, and teeth. Supports a healthy immune system.

Zinc: Easily absorbed, and provides an organic mineral source for your dog’s health. Helps support a healthy immune system. Necessary for cell membrane integrity and for cellular protein synthesis and carbohydrate metabolism. Involved in hair formation for healthy skin and coat.

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