Your Dog Is what It Eats

Dog Food Analysis Website

Thank you to my childhood friend and neighbor growing up, Carolyn,  for this website:  Dog Food Analysis. In their own words:

“Dogfoodanalysis has been online since 2005 and continues to be updated periodically. On this site, you will find information about the contents of +1500 dry dog foods, along with ratings and reviews. For more information about the site, visit our frequently asked questions page. We make some suggestions for wider information and resources on the info page.”

Two things come to my mind:

  1. Are you paying too much for your dog food assuming that more expensive is better quality?  Check on this website to make sure.  (Because it’s not necessarily the case!!!
  2. Should you change up your dog food? As a newbie puppy owner, we are getting tons of advice on raising our puppy.  Our trainer has very different ideas about food than our vet.  But one thing our trainer said seems to make sense:  change up the dog food to prevent food allergies in your dog.  Isn’t this similar for people?  If you ate a  limited range of food over and over for years, you would be more likely to develop an allergy to that food.
  3. Changing up the dog food may result in food intolerance (i.e. diarrhea) but think about it:  didn’t we as parents introduce baby food one at a time to test our baby’s immune system and check for allergies?  And we force our kids out of their zone such that they have to eat a wide range of food for more complete and healthy nutrition.  So … it seems logical.  But, as always, check with your vet.  And if your vet differs from your trainer, use your own best judgement.  You are, after all, the authority on your own dog.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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