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There are many people out there with strong opinions about dog food. We are here to look at the advantages and disadvantages for each type of dog food that you could feed your pet. With the increase of recalls, food allergies, and the desire to know where food is coming from, people are choosing to feed their dogs differently. Remember, each dog is an individual and may digest and enjoy foods differently. Before you make a decision, please discuss your plan with a veterinarian to make sure all essential nutrients are included.
A raw diet consists of only raw ingredients such as: eggs, meats, bones, organs, vegetables, and fruits. People who keep their pets on a raw diet believe that domesticated dogs should be eating what canines eat in the wild. Surviving on an evolutionary diet can be tricky and all the proper nutrients need to be calculated. Dogs with a protein allergy may have a diet with limited raw components, but it can be easier to avoid the allergens. A raw diet is a great option for dogs with a grain allergy because there are essentially no grains involved. Here are some positive and negative outcomes that people report when feeding their pets a raw diet.
A cooked homemade diet is a meal made up of cooked raw ingredients: broiled meat, seared fish, steamed vegetables, grains, and legumes. It could look very similar to a healthy balanced meal for both a pet and their owner! A homemade diet is a great option for dogs that are picky eaters or have allergies. The owner can control portion sizes, as well as which ingredients the diet consists of. Here are some positive and negative outcomes that people report when feeding their pets a homemade diet.
A kibble diet is a dry food purchased at a store with the required nutrients defined by AAFCO. The quality of the kibble usually corresponds with the price of the bag. Look for a kibble with protein as the first ingredient, and a combination of ingredients that you are familiar with. Dogs with health conditions often do well on kibble prescription diets, due to the recipe being formulated by veterinarians. Here are some positive and negative outcomes that people report when feeding their pets a kibble diet.
The food an owner chooses will depend on the health status, activity level, and lifestyle of the dog. If you want, try a combination of these types of food! Many owners use raw vegetables or marrowbones for enrichment, but stick to kibble for meal times. However, due to the savvy, unregulated marketing of dog food sold in stores, dog owners can be fooled when purchasing kibble. Do your research and find the ingredients that your dog will thrive on.