Dog food is one of my things. It doesn’t seem like a day goes by that I don’t talk about dog food to somebody either at daycare or in class.
I have come to my current conclusions about dog food from trial and error and by learning from the experience of other people. I am also on the look out for just about anything that comes up regarding canine nutrition online and in print.
I know from talking to people here at daycare that most people make dog food choices based on:
- What is available
- What’s cheap
- What their dog will eat
- What a pet care professional (vet, groomer, trainer, breeder) recommends
- What they fed their last dog until he lived to be 18 years old
These are all great considerations when choosing a dog food however; I think most people forget to really have a careful look at the quality when choosing a dog food. Just like human food, dog food is now available in a varying formula’s of varying qualities and the dizzying array of choices can make decisions difficult. There are a lot of great dog food rating sites out there but oftentimes these are not as helpful as they could be they contain hundreds of foods (only a few are available in Brandon) and the ingredient lists included are often only for the US versions of the foods.
So…I got writing and developed a handout for people who might want to think about changing their dog food. Now, more than a year later, we have more foods to choose from in Brandon and I have completed and updated handout.
Please read the following with the understanding that this is my opinion, you and your vet are ultimately responsible for making decisions regarding your pet’s health and wellbeing.