Your dog is more than just a pet. He's a loyal companion and part of the family. That's why you strive to give your furry friend the best care available. What many pet owners don't realize, however, is that many of the popular commercial pet foods on the market today are made with inferior and artificial ingredients that do not support proper nutrition. To keep your dog happy and healthy, look carefully at the pet food ingredients. Here are three things to look for:

Quality Meat

Dogs (and even cats) are naturally carnivores. A diet rich in protein is essential for proper growth and development. When looking over the label on your pet food, make sure it contains quality meat such as chicken among its primary ingredients. Many commercial pet food companies just use artificial flavors, but not actual meat, in their product. 

Grain-free

Many popular pet food brands are full of corn and rice instead of protein. Dogs' digestive systems are designed to eat high-meat meals with little or no grain. To avoid low-quality food, look for products labeled as "grain-free."

Fruits and Vegetables

While they shouldn't be a primary ingredient, fruits and vegetables are good for your pet's immune system. Make sure the pet food you buy has a mix of fruits and vegetables in order to provide proper nutrition for your dog. 

Along with being high in protein, one easy way to ensure you're giving your dog quality food is to look for natural products. We make it easy for you to find such products at Homestead Gardens, where we offer natural pet foods such as Earthborn Holistic and Blue Buffalo. Check out our selection and give your dog the food he needs to thrive. 

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