Food for your terrier presents a staggering array of choices, but taking the time to find a good diet for your dog will pay big dividends in the long run. Avoiding food allergies and additional trips to the vet can help offset any additional cost of providing your pooch quality food. Good additional sources of information on what to feed your dog include your local pet supply store, pet groomer and of course veterinarian. Dog food falls into three main categories: commercial, homemade and raw.
Dog food commercially packaged and sold in stores is the most popular choice. The wide range of brands and varieties can be a bit overwhelming, but there a few things to look out for that can make for a healthier terrier diet. The first thing to check for is protein content. Too often, dog food is comprised of mostly filler derived from grain. Finding a food that lists protein as the first ingredient is good, and products that name a specific protein are even better. The difference is between terms like “meat meal” and “poultry meal” vs. “lamb meal” and “chicken meal”. Foods that use generic terms often use protein sources that are inhumane and unhealthy. Avoid meat byproducts for the same reason. Synthetic preservatives may harbor chemical dangers to your pet, so try to avoid these as well.
Homemade dog food offers an big advantage over commercially package foods. When you prepare your terrier’s food yourself, you have complete control over what goes into it. Choosing exactly what your dog will eat is often less complicated that deciphering the ingredients list on a package. However, to pull off making your dog’s food at home, you have to be incredibly organized. In addition, there are the time and resources involved to consider. If you do decide to go this route, there are some excellent resources online that will provide recipes that your terrier will eat up.
Raw food is based on the idea that this is the most natural way for your dog to eat. For centuries, terriers did just fine without having humans prepare their food, so why shouldn’t they be fine with it now? In addition, the cooking process used in both commercial and homemade foods can diminish its nutritional value. Enthusiasts of raw food rave about the benefits of longevity and vitality given to a dog eating this diet. One of the more popular variants of this philosophy goes by the decidedly unappetizing acronym BARF, the Bones And Raw Food diet.