types of dog food

Types of Dog Food: Which is Best?

types of dog food

When looking for the best types of dog food it seems like we focus on the brand, rather than the type.

By types I’m referring to dry, canned, dehydrated, raw… and that’s what this post is all about.

My search for a new dog food

We relocated a couple of weeks ago and we’ll be in our new adopted country for at least 3 months. I brought some of Jack’s food with us because I knew it wasn’t available here, but I’m almost out. Since I have to find a new brand, I figured it was the perfect time to re-evaluate the type of food I’ve been feeding him as well.  

I don’t feed my dogs (or cats) the popular supermarket brands, simply because I’m not happy with the quality – I know I can do better for them. After all, proper nutrition is the basis for good health is it not!

When we first adopted Jack I noticed how much he scratched. There were no fleas or any obvious skin issues, so I put him on a grain free diet and not long after I noticed a big change – no scratching. I feed him a quality organic canned diet (at least I believe it is quality due to its’ short ingredient list consisting of nothing but meat and vegetables).

On the one hand I’d like to add a bit of dry food for the crunch and variety, but there is a lot of talk about the lack of nutrients in dry food, and no benefit to teeth, as was/still is a long held popular belief.  

I’ve read many reports and spoken to several people, who have noticed massive positive changes in dogs that have been switched over to a raw diet. For some reason I’m on the fence about it, I can’t seem to put my finger on why so I won’t be considering it for Jack’s new diet, at least not now.

An expert’s view

While researching my options I came across a very helpful resource written by Dr. Karen Becker, an integrative wellness veterinarian. I’m planning on introducing a more holistic approach to my dogs’ care, so I find Dr. Becker’s writings very informative.

The article I’m referring to is called “From Best to Worst – My NEW Rankings of 13 Pet Foods” and it is this article that helped me decide to try a dehydrated food for Jack.

She explains the various types of foods available, and although I’m talking about dogs simply because they are the focus of my website, the information will be helpful for other pets as well. I also appreciated her understanding cost is a factor for many of us, and mentions that when discussing options.

Types of dog food – conclusion

Choosing nutrition for your pet is a big decision, and can literally affect their health and wellbeing. Start with deciding on the type of food you are interested in, then you’ll be ready to research brands.

I will be adding more nutrition information to help you make the best choices for your dog, so check back often.

 

 

 

 

 

 

prescription diet dog food

Prescription Diet Dog Food: The Lifesaver We’re Led to Believe?

prescription diet dog food

Whenever I talk about dog nutrition, I can’t help but add how confusing it all is. However there are some things I know for sure, and I say “for sure” because it’s based on my experiences.

The vets I have seen, whether I liked them or not, did not have the understanding of nutrition I expected. As a matter of fact I was shocked at some of the things they believed, and how little they seemed to know. One vet who I absolutely loved and trusted, believed that a popular supermarket dog food brand was good quality. I was truly stunned.

Another vet I went to for years had several plaques hanging in her waiting room, each in the name of a member of staff, congratulating them on becoming nutrition consultants. Sounds promising doesn’t it? Don’t get too excited, all that means is that the pet food manufacturer that sponsored the course told them how great their food was, and now they can recommend it to us.

Prescription diets

For those of you who haven’t been to my site before, I share my life with the love of my life, a senior dog named Red. She is about 15 years old, but that’s just an estimate.

Red has been on Hills Prescription Diets for years. First she was on h/d for her heart, and a couple of years ago my vet switched her to k/d for her kidneys.

Let me start by saying I know the ingredients are crap. Let me also say that the vet we use is amazing. He has taken incredible care of her these past couple of years, and as far as I’m concerned is irreplaceable. What does concern/confuse me is his absolute belief that low protein is essential for kidney disease, and the many articles I’ve read that state the opposite.

The truth is her kidney issues are under control and (touch wood), all is fine. Her test results are great and my vet attributes that to her k/d diet.

Then I found this!!!

Yesterday I came across this article Busted: Dogs Naturally Calls Bull$hit On Prescription Diet Dog Food.” It is on the Dogs Naturally Magazine website and was written by Dana Scott, Editor in Chief. In light of Red’s reliance on a prescription diet, I couldn’t help but read it. 

I could relate to a lot of what was written, and found it incredibly informative and yes, scary and concerning too! It makes me want to get her off that food more than ever, yet I’m afraid of upsetting her fragile balance.

I’ve always felt I do the very best I can for Red, but reading this article (which has just reinforced so much of what I’ve known) makes me want to rush her to the nearest holistic vet. For the past year or so I’ve wanted to take her to one, but there was no one anywhere near where we lived.

We have just relocated to Spain for a few months, and I discovered there is an integrative practice about an hour away. I will be getting a car in a couple of weeks, so I should be able to make it happen.

Anyway it’s a great read and if you, or someone you know has a pet on a prescription diet, or is about to go on one, give this article some attention and see what you think.

I’d love to hear your experience with prescription diets. Is or was your dog on one? Did you switch? If yes, why, to what food and do you see better results? Please share in the comment section below, or on my Facebook page.

the ultimate guide to choosing the right dog food

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Dog Food

the ultimate guide to choosing the right dog food

I have no trouble admitting the confusion I feel when it comes to choosing the right dog food. Canned, dry, raw, freeze dried, grain free, organic, natural, puppy, adult or senior. Not to mention the rather lengthy list of ingredients that too often don’t even sound like food!! It’s a minefield full of conflicting information, most of which makes sense until you find the next article that makes sense.

Of course I’m very interested in nutrition as it relates to senior dogs, but I recently came across this incredibly informative article that I simply had to share with all of you.

Although it is not senior dog specific (as a matter of fact it isn’t dog specific either) it’s a fascinating read, and really is the ultimate guide to helping you choose the best food for your pet.  

The article “Everything You Need to Know About Choosing a Pet Food” can be found online on Dogs Naturally Magazine, and was written by Dana Scott editor in chief.

I hope you enjoy it and learn as much as I did. I’d love to hear what you feed your senior dog and how you came to choose that particular brand/type of food. Share your thoughts in the comment section below or on my Facebook page.

Enjoy!!