Topics we will discuss:
Let's talk about dog food.
It is our job as pet owners to provide the best care possible to our animals. This will translate to different things to different owners and their circumstances. My two best tips are:
- Feed the dog in front of you. Online reviews and forums can be helpful, but each dog is an individual with individual needs that must be met on a case-by-case basis. A top-tier filet mignon food might be the right choice for one dog, but not the best for another.
- Feed the best you can afford.
The first step to finding brand(s) of dog food that will work best for your dog is to evaluate what you are able to provide. There are myriads of opinions as to what type/brand is superior to all other food, but it is meaningless to be coerced and guilt-tripped into feeding something that is unrealistic for your family-- whether financial, time-commitment, or otherwise. Raw food is an excellent choice for many dogs, however, for someone who is immune compromised or whose lifestyle doesn't allow a raw diet, kibble is often a preferred option. It is quick, convenient, cost-effective, and there are a lot of great brands to choose from.
Once you have narrowed down a type (raw, canned, kibble, all of the above, etc.) and a price range for your dog's diet, it's time to start looking at specific brands. Here is an ongoing list of what we have used for our dogs (both past/present), with sound results ----->
- Petcurean's Now Fresh
- Petcurean's Go! (Carnivore)
- The Honest Kitchen
- Purina Pro Plan, Sport 30/20
- Stella & Chewy's
- Big Country Raw