There are so many different types of dog food on the market that sometimes it’s confusing: which one is the best for Fido?
It’s important to remember that, when you adopt an older dog, you must mix whatever it was he was eating with the dry dog food of your choice so as not to upset his digestive system. Mix ¼ cup of your food with ¾ cup of the food he was eating, previously. Gradually increase the food of your choice until he is weaned off the food he ate previously, otherwise he may develop diarrhea or vomiting. Nothing is more unpleasant than welcoming a furry family member by following the trail of his digestive problems!
When choosing a dry dog food (kibble), try to choose one that doesn’t have lots of artificial colors added, especially if the dog is white or light-colored as the food dye may show up as tear stains. Check the ingredients—there should be meat proteins high up on the list of ingredients. A good rule of thumb is: if you can’t pronounce it, it’s probably not good for your dog!
If you decide to give your dog canned food, check the ingredients there, too—it should contain mainly meat. I prefer to give my dogs a mixture of kibble (I like Purina One Small Bites) and home-cooked chicken, broth, and carrots. Remember that canned dog food promotes tooth decay and bad breath in dogs so use it sparingly.
If your dog has food allergies or a sensitive system check with your veterinarian. He may be able to recommend a special formula that will appeal to your dog and keep him healthy!
If you need information on this topic or on any other dog-related issue please feel free to call me at 856.349.2508. There is never a fee for phone or email consultations.
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Wado, udohiyu, (thank you very much, in the Cherokee language)
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700 Market St, Gloucester City NJ 08030
Pictured: Tayja Rae, nicknamed Angel, is available for adoption. You may remember that she was lost for 5 days. She is now being fostered at Brother of the Wolf.