What should I look for in a dog food?
We have two small dogs. One is a mini dachshund. She is four years old. The other is a chihuahua. He is four years old, also. Both are full blooded. Both are primarily indoor pets, but Coco (our mini dachshund) loves the outdoors much more than Otis (our chihuahua).
I normally give them dry food from a bag. I don't choose the cheapest or most expensive stuff. I usually just try to make sure they aren't getting the same exact thing each time. I figure they prefer some variety just like we do. I also try to purchase smaller bags instead of larger ones. I know it costs more that way, but when I buy the large bags, half of it tends to get stale before the bag is empty.
We do give our dogs table scraps from time to time. I've owned many dogs and have always done this with no obvious adverse affects. Again, I do that because it gives them some variety.
We love our dogs like children and we spoil them rotten. I want to provide good nutrition for them without endangering their health or boring them senseless with the same old bland offering every day of their lives.
I would sincerely appreciate any recommendations regarding types and brands of dog food that you feel are good choices. More importantly, I would like to learn more about what to look for in a dog food so I won't be tethered to any particular type or brand.
Thank you in advance for any feedback.