What do you feed your dog?
January 14, 2009 5:28pm CST
Lately, I'm starting to doubt the processed food for dogs. I feed my dog mixing that can and dry food together. What are dogs really supposed to eat? Are there any home made fresh and healthy foods that can be prepared?
• United States
15 Jan 09
I actually work as a veterinary technician, and I have studied animal nutrition quite a bit. The biggest thing to look for in a dog food is the AAFCO statement - it can be found on any bag of dog food. If it says something like "Approved for All Life Stages" it is a food to avoid - it is a high protein diet that can be detrimental to older pets. Also, look at the statement to see if it was just formulated or if there were actually feeding tests performed with this food. If it doesn't state that feeding tests were performed, that is another clue that it isn't a high quality food. I, personally, recommend Science Diet. They use highly digestible protein and they have high standards of production. It may seem more expensive than other food, but you don't have to feed as much to meed the dog's nutritional requirements, so you actually end up spending less because you don't have to buy it as frequently. Iams is okay, but they have lowered their quality of ingredients and changed their formula to become available at grocery stores. Usually, the top ones are Science Diet, Eukanuba, or Iams. Just remember to check your AAFCO statements. Beware of homemade or raw diets because they oftentimes won't meed the nutritional requirements of pets. Pets need a special balance of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to stay healthy but not become obese. A lot of homemade or raw diets may be especially heavy in one area but lacking in others, and this can be detrimental to your dog's health as well. I hope I have answered some of your questions.
• United States
16 Jan 09
Wow, thanks a lot for the great information. I just check my dog's canned food and it DOES say AAFCO, uh oh! This is the Purina Mighty Dog canned foods. I was a bit skeptical with this brand since my dog seems not to prefer it much. I used to give her the Science Diet but at the closest store, they do not sell it, but I will make sure to make the extra trip to get it. I also checked her dry food and it is the Purina One brand but it is specifically for adult dogs. This one doesn't state the AAFCO. Anyways, thanks again for the great info.