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.