Finding The Best Dog Food For Yorkie Dogs

best dog food for yorkie
Hello, everyone. Today I am looking to find the best dog food for Yorkie dogs.

Judy has a few funny moments. Like how desperate she always is for food. She did a run and dive under the couch for a potato chip that fell under there. Or when she walked into the glass sliding door then stormed away like nothing happened.

When I come to visit, she runs fast circles around me.It always makes me laugh. She's a little brat and we love her to pieces.

For the record I feed my Yorkies:

Focus On Dry Dog Food

I am sure that, like us, you want your Yorkie to have a long healthy life. If so the food that you are feeding your dog is an important area to look at. If you are feeding the wrong dog food it could harm him.

In extreme cases, your Yorkie dog could die young.

Some dog food companies are in business to make profits not necessarily to make a fantastic quality product.If they can save money on ingredients and beat the competition, they will.

They don't do this to hurt your dog.They do it because if they can't make their business model work they will lose money and sell less dog food.

Getting The Basics Right

If you have a Yorkie puppy, choose food specifically formulated for puppies, or suitable for all life stages. ‘Small Breed’ is another indicator of foods that formulas is specifically for smaller breed dogs, like the Yorkie.

You bought the wrong dog food, he hates this kind! said my wife of our dog who once literally ate another dog's puke.

Seriously, make sure that the recipe has a meat based protein source as the main ingredient. when you have a puppy with food sensitivities, a grain-free formula or limited ingredient formula might be best.

Dogs with special dietary needs, you may need to discuss your options with your vet.There are certain foods available that will meet your puppies nutritional needs without causing an upset stomach.

So, How Can You Find A Good Brand?

In order to find the best dog food for Yorkie dogs, you will need to do a little of research before you buy. Nowadays, there are lots of dog foods on the market and finding a good one can be quite challenging.

Finding The Best Dog Food For Yorkie Dogs

1.0  Checking Pet Food Labels

Reading your dog food label is one of the best ways to decide the best dog food for Yorkie dogs.The ingredients and the amounts of protein, fat, fiber, and other nutrients will be on the food label. The label will also give the ingredients and feeding guidelines.All dog food suppliers have to list the ingredients on the bag. Checking the ingredients in the food is a good indicator of the quality.

A little knowledge of the ingredients will help you choose a dog food that's digestible and free of undesirable products.

Here Are A Few Definitions To Help You Read The Labels:
The Protein

Meat: Meat is protein beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, etc.. This can include tongues, muscles, diaphragm, heart, esophagus, overlying fat and the skin, sinews, nerve, and blood vessels normally found with that flesh.

Meat By-products: By-products are clean parts of slaughtered animals, not including meat. These include kidneys, livers, blood, bones, fatty tissue, lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, and intestines freed of their content. There's no hair, horns, teeth, or hooves.

Poultry By-products: Poultry by-products are clean parts of slaughtered poultry such as the head, feet, and internal organs ( hearts, lungs, liver, kidneys, and intestines). There are no feathers.

Make sure it doesn't have the word, "by-products" listed anywhere. These are cheap and quite honestly, disgusting ingredients that you wouldn't want to feed your puppy.

Fish Meal: Fish meal is clean ground up tissue of undecomposed whole fish or fish cuts, with or without the oil extracted.

The Carbohydrates

Ground Corn: Ground corn is the kernel ground up or chopped.

Corn Gluten Meal: Corn gluten meal is the dried residue after the bran, germ, and starch is removed. Corn makes any pet food you find it in less expensive to produce. And it does this by diluting a recipe’s more costly meat ingredients.

And that’s OK.

Look Out For Misleading Benefits

Because corn doesn’t just save money for manufacturers — it also makes dog food more affordable for pet owners, too.

However, to advertise that corn in commercial dog food is there mainly because of its nutritional benefits is misleading — and a gross misrepresentation of the facts.

Brewers Rice: Brewers rice is the small fragments of rice kernels separated from larger kernels of milled rice.

Brown Rice: Brown rice is the unpolished rice left over once the kernels have been removed.

Most premium foods use ground rice which is richer in nutrients. It is not uncommon to see ground rice listed third or fourth on the ingredients list. Brewer’s rice, however, should not come third or fourth.

The more brewers’ rice, the more carbohydrates, and too many carbs can make your pet gain weight rapidly.

Soybean Meal: Soybean meal is a by-product of the production of soybean oil.

Dogs should get their protein from the flesh of animals, not from plants or legumes like soy. Furthermore, unfermented and non-organic soy, the form used in dog food, appears to have significant health risks with long-term use.

The Chemicals

BHA: BHA is butylated hydroxyanisole, a fat preservative.

Ethoxyquin: Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative used to prevent spoilage in dog food.

Tocopherols: Tocopherols (e.g., vitamin E) are naturally occurring compounds used as natural preservatives.

The World Health Organization has named both BHT and BHA as suspicious cancer-causing compounds. Plus the California has now identified BHA as a possible carcinogen

It's not necessary to switch brands every month, but don't be afraid to switch brands and find one that your dog does well on.

 Use the guaranteed analysis, ingredients listings and feeding guidelines to help you find the best dog food for Yorkie dogs.

2.0 Consider The Brand

Many dog owners distrust large pet food companies. They erroneously believe a smaller brand is more likely to make healthier safer products.

The facts tell a different story.

Over 90% of all pet food sold in the United States is produced by just 3 companies — Purina, Big Heart and Mars.

At least 73 of the 88 documented recalls during the last 5 years are products supplied by smaller brands.This means that even though smaller companies account for around 7% of the pet food sold — they were responsible for a mind-bending 83% of the recalls.

Dog foods do not always meet the claims printed on their labels simply because they make no effort to verify the nutrient content or the safety of the foods they sell.And worse there’s no law requiring any company to do so.

Larger Companies Are Far More Likely To

  • Maintain in-house testing laboratories
  • Use qualified food scientists, animal nutritionists, and other veterinary professionals to design their formulas
  • Test imported raw materials for contamination and nutrient content
  • Conduct adequate quality control
  • Own and run their own manufacturing plants
  • Validate finished products before they ship

So, does this mean that dog food made by larger companies is better?

No, larger companies may or may not be better.

However…The smaller the dog food brand, the more important to look beyond the label.

3.0 Identify The Manufacturer

Find out if the dog food company actually makes the merchandise they sell. Today, many companies use third-parties to manufacture some — or all — of their brands. If you don 't know who makes the dog food you will never be able to track any recall history or judge the safety of the product.

3.0 Product Development

You may be surprised to know that there’s no legal requirement that a dog food formula need be approved by an animal nutritionist or any other veterinary professional. Contact each brand you may be considering and find out who actually designs its products. You should also ask what qualifications the person has.

4.0 Confirm Nutrient Testing

Find out what a company does to test each product to be sure it actually meets AAFCO nutritional guidelines. Does the company conduct feeding trials?I know for a fact that many (mostly smaller) companies never do any testing at all.

5.0 Find Out Where The Ingredients Come From

Labels show little or nothing about the quality of the raw materials actually used to make the dog food. Some use ingredients purchased from commodity brokers on the open market — from the cheapest bidder. Others can come from countries in Asia known to have inferior food quality standards.

Federal laws do not require any pet food company to show the country of origin — or any other sourcing information — on its label. Actually, imported ingredients aren’t necessarily bad. Many are of exceptional and can actually be better than those sourced from the U.S. or Canada.

6.0 Transparency

Some pet food companies work hard to hide critical information about their products. Some resist being questioned by consumers. Needless to say, unfriendly companies like these are not be trusted.

7.0 Quality Control

Some companies are more diligent about this than others. A few test every batch while others do random tests. Some don't test anything at all.

8.0 Recall History

Dog owners often misconstrue and overreact to dog food recalls. They’re inclined to overvalue the real significance of these events when they occur. Even though no company can guarantee that they will not get recalls, they can control how it responds to one when it does occur. Some companies work hard to avoid a recall, others work even harder at covering them up.

When you are trying to find the best dog food for Yorkie dog food recalls can give some valuable clues about a brand’s manufacturing habits. Avoid buying dog food made by any brand that tries to hide recalls from the public when they occur.

Don’t overreact and rule out quality food because of a few isolated events.

One Last Thing

If you find a dog food that satisfies most of these guidelines, you can rest assured that you have discovered a superior dog food brand.

My Choice

"Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul, chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we’re the greatest hunters on earth!” Anne Tyler (author, The Accidental Tourist)

Bye For Now

Richard S.

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