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Choosing the Right Dog Food For Your Dog

Finally there is a resource to help dog owners choose the right dog food for their situation and their dog! I am of the opinion that dry dog food (kibble) is the bottom rung on the ladder. Dogs bodies are not designed to eat kibble — they’re designed to eat raw meat. 

Your dog doesn’t get the same variety in his diet that you and I get. In most cases, he has to get ALL of his nutrition from eating the same thing every meal. Because their bodies are not designed to eat dry food, it’s very difficult for a dog to get adequate nutrition eating dry dog food alone! So the best things to feed your dog are 1) Raw meat, 2) Cooked meat, 3) Canned meat, and the bottom rung on the ladder 4) Kibble. Keep in mind, even raw meat diets are not ONLY meat. Dogs are omnivores. But raw meat diets generally consist of mostly — around 80% — meat.

Whatever dog food you feed your dog, make sure it is very high quality food! The fewer additives, fillers, and processing the better — just like with the food we put into our bodies. You might recall the horrific dog food recalls of 2007 when it was discovered that melamine (basically plastic) was being added as a filler to some Chinese produced cat and dog foods under the labels “wheat gluten” and “rice protein”. It was discovered that many pets suffered and died from kidney failure as a result.

For these reasons, I recommend that dog owners NOT feed their dogs kibble, or if you are going to feed your dog kibble, use extremely high-quality food and supplement it with something else. And I’m not talking about adding water, or a tablespoon of cottage cheese, to get him to eat the crappy dry dog food! I mean adding something good and making it at least half and half. You can use cooked or raw meat or eggs, canned food, leftovers, etc. With very few exceptions if it’s good for you (like fresh meat and vegetables) it’s good for your dog. Some dogs are sensitive to daily changes in diet and some are not so you may not be able to give your dog different leftovers each week. If this is the case for your dog you can do what my friend does. He feeds his dog a cup of very good quality dry food, a quarter can of high-quality wet food, and a half can of low sodium green beans or peas. So his dog gets the same thing each day, but has variety in every meal.

The Definitive Guide to Choosing The Right Food!

o, my recommendation is that you choose an extremely high quality food! After more than ten years of looking, I have finally found a resource to help dog owners do exactly that. You can use this website to guide you — https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/ and help you find the best food for your dog.

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Tammy Meyer

Been feeding ours (50 lb border-aussie mixes, almost 5 yrs old now) Darwin’s since they were pups. They’re in great health. It costs just under $400/mo to feed this way but if you have 1 dog, or smaller dogs or decide to feed raw only part-time that will help reduce cost. Also, check out pet fooled on Netflix. 🙂 #dogsarefamily

jscott

Hi Tammy! WOW! You guys really do LOVE your dogs a LOT! Great for you and for them! Keep up the good work!

Brie Brown

these tips are like gold.. for a newbie dog owner like myself, I always thought dogs should only eat dry dog food primarily, thanks a ton.

Zoe Campos

Thank you for telling me that I need to ensure that I’ll be feeding my pet with high-quality food to improve his health. We recently agreed to serve as a foster home for a pit bull who has been neglected by his previous owners and realizing that he really has a gentle personality makes me want to look after him more. I’ll try consulting a nearby vet to see what kind of dog food should I feed him to help him regain his health.

jscott

My pleasure Zoe! Thank you for helping that dog! This website is also a good resource for comparing kinds and brands of food — https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/.

Brie Brown

these tips are like gold.. for a newbie dog owner like myself, I always thought dogs should only eat dry dog food primarily, thanks a ton.

Zoe Campos

Thank you for telling me that I need to ensure that I’ll be feeding my pet with high-quality food to improve his health. We recently agreed to serve as a foster home for a pit bull who has been neglected by his previous owners and realizing that he really has a gentle personality makes me want to look after him more. I’ll try consulting a nearby vet to see what kind of dog food should I feed him to help him regain his health.

jscott

My pleasure Zoe! Thank you for helping that dog! This website is also a good resource for comparing kinds and brands of food — https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/.

Danny

What about Origen, Acana, Taste of the Wild, Zignature, Fromm, Diamond Naturals? Is there any dry dog food that is close to raw meat?

Elmer Bryan

The first piece of advice is to introduce dry food gradually because dogs are creatures of habit. Try to gradually add dried food as you can see at PetCareRx to the dish while reducing the amount of wet food rather than making the changeover all at once.

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