Ask Dr. Katy: Best Food For Dogs?

Q: We want to be sure we’re feeding our dog the best food possible, to help keep him healthy. There are so many choices now! Which one food is best?

Sincerely,

Fido Foodie

Hi Fido Foodie,

Trying to select the best food for your dog is overwhelming, especially now, with so many food choices available in pet stores and online: high protein, grain-free, gluten-free, corn-free etc. A lot of these “labels” are derived from the human market. The fact is, your dog needs a good quality diet from a reputable company that does the science and research – to ensure the food meets all your pup’s dietary requirements.

For example, a puppy needs a puppy food – to ensure it gets enough calcium, vitamins, and calories. However, large breed pups and small breed pups don’t have the same requirements. You need foods tailored especially for the size.

Older dogs are another concern. They typically require less protein and fat in their diet, so consider a senior diet recommended by your veterinarian.

One last thing: Don’t feed your pup table scraps. Dogs’ systems are sensitive to human foods, and consuming them can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, or skin allergies. Feeding them from the table might seem like a sweet way to show your pets you love them, but stick to treats for dogs. Our four-legged babies just want our love and attention.

Ask your veterinarian what food and treats are best for your bet – we are always happy to help.

Great question, thanks!

Dr. Katy Drain

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