As a pet owner there are some basic principals of nutrition for dogs that you should be aware of – including how to read a pet food label, how to identify marketing claims vs. factual claims, and how to compare dog foods. But for those looking to go beyond just choosing a food – Dog Nutrition Basics will provide you with information about the unique nutritional needs that dogs have. And potentially explain why certain diets are formulated in certain ways.
According to AAFCO (the Association of American Feed Control Officials), and the NRC (the National Research Council) there are four main “essential” fatty acids for dogs: Linoleic acid, alpha-Linolenic acid, arachidonic acid, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and Docosahexaenoic acid.
If you go into any pet food store you will see claims of “Grain Free” plastered all over pet foods. The question becomes – should I feed my dog a grain-free diet?
Transitioning Your Dog To A New Food
Prior to transitioning your pup onto a new food there are two main things I want to you consider… The first is if the food your are transitioning your pup to is even appropriate for your pup – meaning is this food the best choice for my pup at this moment in their life. Now […]
I think at some point in your puppy’s first year every puppy owner starts to wonder when they should transition to adult dog food, and some even wonder if they should transition their pup to adult food at all. And they answer is actually more complicated than you might think. First you need to understand […]
Getting Your Picky Dog to Eat
There is an entire subset of dogs that are more picky – they may like food one day, but not the next. The typical picky dog may rotate through many different types of food or toppers in order to keep things interesting. Personally I have seen more picky Chihuahua’s, finicky Huskies, selective Shi Tzus, fussy Yorkies and choosy Doodles than any other breeds. However the truly picky dog can be rather rare – most picky pups actually have other reasons why they might not want to eat.
There many reasons why a pup might not eat their dinner – and depending upon why your pup isn’t eating will tell you what you can do as a pet parent to combat the issue. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen well intentioned pet parents add more and more and more toppers, or […]
Comparative Nutrition – Raw vs Cooked vs Kibble
What are the risks of Salmonella in Raw Dog Food in comparison to Kibble? Comparative research looking at raw vs. kibble dog food risk for pathogens.
One of the most important factors of how nutritious a food is for a dog, is how digestible a diet is. Sadly this information is actually nowhere on the pet food label. In order to get this information you will actually have to contact the dog food company directly – and sad to say – […]