What can I feed my dog?

asked 2017-02-25 14:01:59 -0500

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answered 2017-02-25 15:36:36 -0500

Trial and error. My dog does not do well or grains, or even sweet potato, which is in most hypoallergenic dog foods. Also, when changing foods, do it gradually to not upset their stomachs. Once the new food is subbed in, do not give them ANY other food for two weeks to see how they thrive on that food. Also, be careful of serving sizes , as most manufacturers tell you to give too much which will lead to overweight dogs. Try and find a food with less ingredients and more percnetage of one ingredient. Good luck!

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answered 2017-02-25 15:09:59 -0500

Great questions! While it would be great to get advice on this topic from your veterinarian who specializes in canine nutrition, not all of us have that luxury at our disposal. I've found sites like Dogfoodadvisor dot-com to be very helpful in my search for an affordable but nutritionally sound food for my dogs. I search for at minimum a 4 star (hopefully 5) food that has meat as the FIRST ingredient and price match on sites like Chewy, Amazon, and in my local wholesale stores (I know some people have found 5-star foods as Costco, BJ's wholesale etc) for a well rated food that is in my price range. Currently I feed Eagle Pack: Power and am considering a switch eventually to raw feeding once I can find someone to advise me further on this and help me source locally.
It's a hard decision, and it's important for your dogs health, but your first step should be to invest a small amount of time into research on sites that have rated foods. Hope that helps! :)

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answered 2017-02-26 22:02:17 -0500

It is best to feed your dog a top quality dog food.

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answered 2017-02-25 17:37:57 -0500

We feed my dog a combination of raw meat of animal parts humans wouldn't eat otherwise (ie. what they throw out at butcher shops) which are sold at many locally owned pet stores and combine that with a regular hard food brand with natural/organic ingredients and it keeps them healthy and happy! I've noticed that if you only feed them hard food, its easier for them to gain weight faster (especially with smaller dogs).

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