Providing your dog with a high-quality diet is important to his overall health. Just like you, your dog need nutrients and fiber and quality fresh ingredients in his food to ensure he has the fuel he needs to remain strong and healthy. But with so many pet foods on the market, it's really hard to determine what's the best one for your dog's age, breed, activity level, and general health condition.
So how do you choose?
You might start by talking to your vet about his specific dietary needs. But don't assume that the brand he's selling in his office is the best food for your pet. Talk to your vet about low-grain and no-grain options, and about the calorie and fat content that's appropriate for your dog. Consider the snacks, treats, and table scraps your dog gets. Those calories and fat content need to be counted when putting together a plan for a healthy diet. Many American pets get more than half their required calories and fat from snacks, so ignoring those numbers is a recipe for obesity - just as it is in humans.
Want more control and fresher ingredients?
The very best diet for your dog might well be one that you prepare for him daily in your own kitchen. If that idea appeals to you, I recommend a cookbook, developed by veterinarian, Dr. Cathy Alinovi, called Dinner PAWsible, that will help you prepare nutritious, healthy meals for your pets in your own kitchen.