There are so many different things you should consider when choosing food for your dog. Not only should you consider your dog’s own individual needs – but you should also research the food itself, looking into company standards and practices to make sure that the food is to as high of standards as possible.
Choosing your dog’s food can be a very overwhelming process, and so many people seem to have opinions of what is best for your pup and your family. But truth is that the best food for one dog is NOT the best food for another, and no dog food is universally good for all dogs. There are SIX main considerations to keep in mind when choosing a food that is appropriate for your pet – Age, Lifestyle, Breed, Medical Conditions, Type of Food, and Budget. Depending on your pet or your situation one of these categories may play a bigger role than the others.
There are FIVE areas of the dog food bag that you can use to compare dog foods: the title, the guaranteed analysis, the ingredients, the AAFCO statement, and the marketing claims/statements.
Looking at ingredients lists to compare dog foods is probably one of the most difficult ways to compare foods. Though it can be simple to glance at ingredients lists to see if foods contain potential allergens if your dog has food allergies or if it contains potentially toxin ingredients – it can be very difficult […]
There are many different ways that a company might test food to make sure that it meets nutrient adequacy. The first of which is simply testing the food to check that it meets AAFCO nutrient standards by laboratory analysis, another is by feeding the foods to staff dogs and monitoring their health. Both of these […]
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?
Prior to the 2018 FDA report on DCM or Dilated Cardiomyopathy in dogs – DCM was largely considered a genetic disease associated with only a few breeds. However in 2016 cardiology specialists started to see an increased number of DCM cases that were not associated with the typical breeds… Along with higher numbers of affected dogs than before.
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 […]
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 […]
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 – […]
Have you ever tried food after food after food for your dog, to find that they just seem to be allergic to every protein source on the market? Well, there are a couple of reasons for that… One is that your dog actually doesn’t have a food allergy – it has an intolerance. Two is […]