What Kind Of Food Should Your Dog Eat?

9 12 2008

I am asked this question all the time, and it is a question that can be argued about til the end of time.  You may recall a Spike Says where I made some broad suggestions.  The only thing I can say for sure is that it should not come from your table.  As far as dog food, we have all had the same experiences from our trusted vet.  Every time you visit their office, they will recommend a certain brand to their clients.  Lucky for those of you that want lighter wallets, they don’t push the cheap stuff.

While I have heard good and bad things about every brand of dog food, I can suggest that you shop for a “premium” brand food with as few artificial colors.  Shades of brown are best.  These premium brand dog foods generally have a price tag that is higher than grocery store brands.  However, there are certain advantages to when your dog eats a premium food.  Although the price tag may be higher, your dog will eat less of the food, costing you less in the long term.  This is because there are less “fillers” in premium dog foods.  Fillers are all that junk that they add in so your dog has to eat more food in order to be satisfied.  When he eats them, guess where all of those fillers end up?  They end up in pile after pile all over your yard.  I have heard that Royal Canin’s breed-targeted foods do a pretty good providing some additives to assist in fighting that breed’s genetic maladies and to make him healthier.

When it comes to puppies, this question takes on a different meaning, since puppies can have very sensitive stomachs. Ask the shelter, rescue, foster, or breeder what kind of food the puppy has been eating, and if it is a good, premium brand food and is agreeing with the pup, there is no reason to change it.  I heard a saying once, “If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it!”  I can also strongly recommend that you get your puppy eating dry food as soon as you can.  Eating dry food helps to clean the teeth and push out the particles trapped between the teeth.  For the most part, puppies should remain on a food designed for puppies for their first year.  Sometimes, a vet will move a pup to adult food early depending on the situation.

If you have a vet already, I am sure that they will suggest a certain food.  If you are not already on a premium dog food plan, go with what they suggest.  If you are on a food plan already, discuss it with your vet.  Since he or she will be treating your puppy a lot over the next several months, there may be a specific reason why he wants your pup on a particular type of food.

Spike Says: Buy A Better Food

7 11 2008

For your dog’s best health, try feeding him a high quality dry dog food.  These foods contain fewer fillers than the no-name generic foods.  Fewer fillers means less waste.  Choose one that will appeal to your dog and not you.  Try one without special shapes or colors.  Food that is the same color (preferably a naturally occurring brown like the photo below) is going to sit well with your dog.

A win for your dog, and a win for you too.