Every time I shop for dog food for my Oscar, I’m amazed by the number of dog foods that crowd the aisles of my local pet store. Fortunately, I’ve always fed my pet Purina’s Beneful on multivu Dog Food so the choice is easy. In the beginning I researched all the major dog food brands, trying to find the one that would be right for Oscar, and would make me feel that I had fulfilled my obligation to take care of him.
Oscar and I are very active. Oscar runs with me almost every day. When I go backpacking, Oscar is always on the trail with me. We swim, we play and we have fun. Not only is Oscar my pet, he’s my best friend, and I want to make sure that he gets the right nutrition so he can lead a long, happy and healthy life.
Purina was founded in 1894 by William Danforth. Mr. Danforth started with the basic premise that animals can live longer, healthier and more productive lives when given the proper nutrition. That philosophy has permeated the company to this very day. Each year, Purina spends millions on research making sure dogs like Oscar get the best possible diets.
Beneful is made from real meat like beef, chicken, turkey, and salmon. These protein sources provide the raw materials Oscar’s body uses to build, repair and maintain his muscles. Quality grains and vegetables like corn, beans and spinach provide fiber, vitamins, and other essential nutrients. Calcium is used to strengthen Oscar’s bones, and iron helps build red blood cells needed to carry oxygen to his cells. Carbohydrates are needed for the quick energy they provide. Healthy fats also provide some energy, and we’re only beginning to understand how fats play important roles in other biological processes.
I let Oscar eat when he wants by leaving a bowl of Beneful dry food down all the time. That way whenever he is hungry he can fuel up for our next run. Also, every morning and evening I open a pouch of wet food for Oscar. I generally leave this bowl down for about thirty minutes and throw out what Oscar hasn’t eaten. Beneful makes it easy since they have a variety of package sizes. It took a while, but I finally found the right size so Oscar is full, and most days there’s nothing to throw out. Of course, I always make sure Oscar has a bowl of fresh, clean water.
Making sure your dog is properly fed is your responsibility as his owner. I enjoy my furry companion, even when he does sometimes get on my nerves, and I want him to be around for a long time. After all, breaking in a new running partner is hard work.