Is Turkey Dog Food Good For Your Dog?

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There are 4 major factors that you need to take into consideration when choosing a food for your dog. These 3 factors involve the 3 macro food groups – protein, carbohydrates and fats. Your dog needs a diet that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates and fats.

The food should ideally meet the other nutritional requirements of canines. Dog food should be low in sodium but high in calcium, iron and other essential minerals and vitamins.

Let’s see how turkey dog food meets the criteria for a good dog food.

  1. Protein

Turkey is a high protein, lean meat that makes it the perfect choice for dogs. A high protein diet is what keeps your dog lean and energetic. It will also provide the necessary amino acids which are the building blocks for strong teeth, nails and a healthy, shiny fur coat. Check the label on the turkey dog food packaging to ensure it has sufficient protein.

  1. Carbohydrates

A diet that is low in carbohydrates is preferable for a dog. A carb diet is going to cause your dog to pick up weight. Unfortunately, most dog food manufacturers load the food with rice, oats and other cheap carbohydrates. While turkey itself is not a carbohydrate, the type of turkey dog food you buy may be packed with more carbs than protein. Check the packaging and choose a food that has low carbs or preferably no carbs.

  1. Fats

Dogs find fatty foods far more difficult to digest. A diet high in fat can result in pancreatitis which is inflammation of the pancreas and can be extremely serious for dogs. Turkey is a lean meat and therefore does not contain much fat. It is a good alternative to red meat like pork and beef which have a higher fat content. However, it is best to avoid foods that include the skin and fat from the turkey and not just the lean meat.

  1. Vitamins And Minerals

Dogs do not require sodium (salt) in their diets. Many manufacturers add salt to their turkey dog food to make it taste better. This does not actually work and can be very dangerous for your dog’s kidneys and overall health. It is recommended to choose a turkey dog food that has a low sodium content but is high in other minerals like calcium, iron and magnesium. Also check that your dog is getting a good balance of vitamins from the turkey dog food you choose.