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The Facts on Food

FonzieSome things to know…

Often times in my blog you will see me reference you to Cesar Milan’s website, I think the man is a genius and if I can find the answers that I seek on his page, I will refer you to him, as he is the master of all things “dog” as far as I am concerned.   From training to feeding, he knows so many things about dogs, I am in awe!  In the article below, one of his colleagues,  Dr. Sherry Weaver, discusses some of the ins and outs of dog food and some choices that you as a pet parent need to make.  I found the article informative and clearly written so decided to share with you, my readers!

Dog Food Choices

Options, options, options…how do you choose?

Every “expert” out there will have their opinion on what your dog should eat, how much he/she should eat, and how many times a day your dog should eat.  In this bloggers opinion, what you feed your dog, depends on you, your dog, their eating habits, whether or not they have any food allergies, whether or not they will eat the food you put down, and SO many other things.  There is no tried and true way of feeding your dog the RIGHT food, only the food that is right for your dog!  I know dog owners who have fed their dog Kibbles and Bits for his entire life, and the dog is 13 or 14 now and healthy.  As with so many other things with dogs, they have their own ways of doing things.  While they are not as difficult as cats to understand, they do have their moments. 

Pros and Cons of a Raw Diet for your Pooch

Raw food

Raw Diet can have some pros and cons, you would have to weigh the difference in the two and see whether or not you are willing to chance the cons, or whether you think the pros outweigh them.  Each dog is different, and each human owner is different and you will just have to work your way through different dog foods until you find the right fit for you and your dog.

rawvsdryPros of Raw

  • Shinier coats
  • Healthier skin
  • Cleaner teeth
  • Higher energy levels
  • Improved digestion
  • Smaller, firmer stools
  • Better weight management

Cons of Raw

  • Raw meat can contain harmful bacteria – including E. coli and salmonella
  • May be deficient nutritionally
  • Airway obstruction and choking on bones 
  • Bowel obstruction and intestinal perforations 
  • Inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Time consuming
  • More expensive

I found nothing on statistics of how often the cons occur or whether these are common occurrences or rare occurrences.

I found this article to be very informative as well and wanted to share it with you.

Top 10 Myths about pet food

I have finally located a dog food that my dogs seem to like to eat that does not effect my dogs skin issues!  It is called Loyall and it is made by Nutrena! 

Again sometimes, you just have to figure it out!

What brand of food do you feed your dog?  Raw or dry?  Have you experienced any side effects from a raw food diet?  Leave a comment below, or as usual a pic of your pooch!

 

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