My dog is itchy. Poor little guy. I’ve tried everything.
I came along a website which claimed dog food could be making your dog have allergic reactions. Then I found another which said the same thing. I started talking to dog owners I know and came up with the same answer, over and over again.
I looked up my dog’s dog food.
I did not like what I found.
In particular, there’s one website which breaks down what is in your dog’s food, what it means, and if it’s good or bad, in their opinion.
You can find it here: DogFoodAdvisor
(I do suggest researching the dog food brand beyond this website; on other sites, your preferred vet, and with people you know, because no one source is ever 100% accurate in my experience. And what may be right for one dog breed may not be right for another.)
*shakes head vehemently back and forth*
I am not going to be feeding him the same dog food anymore.
I’m on the hunt for healthy dog food brands.
My vet also told me that the whole, “grains are bad for dogs” thing isn’t true.
I haven’t made an appointment with my vet yet to run certain brands by her, but I’ll get there. She gave me the AAFCO advice while I was scooting my dog on in to get his shots. I like to have all my ducks in a row before going to the experts.
Meanwhile, I’ve been changing things up with Lucky.
I’m not certain how much I should be feeding him (something else I’ll ask my vet when I make an appointment. It depends on weight, the dog in question, and their breed, as far as I know.) so I’ve been feeding him two to three times a day, depending on what I feed him, how much, and how he’ acts.
I’m only feeding him his dog food once a day now, and it’s the smallest meal.
For breakfast and lunch, I feed him human food I’ve cooked for him.
FYI: If you’re going to change your dog’s diet, you need to do it slowly. Their little systems are sensitive and it can hurt them to switch from one type of food to another instantaneously – especially if you’re introducing human food into their diet. I started out feeding him much smaller amounts and only once every other day.
Okay, now stop freaking out! I can hear all you dog owners shouting warnings. I know, I know.
I don’t feed Lucky anything that can hurt him. I’ll get more into that in future posts. I love my baby, I’m not going to do anything that can hurt him.
And anyone reading this, please know that dogs can be hurt or even killed by a lot of human food. So don’t attempt feeding them anything until you’ve talked to your vet or someone else who knows what they’re talking about when it comes to dogs and food. Oh, and keep in mind that certain breeds can or cannot have certain foods.
I plan on really digging into my dog’s choices and health from now on. I’d like to delve into what he can eat, what he can’t eat, why, dog food brands that are healthy, how food needs to be cooked for him, and anything else dog related I find important along the way (food related or not), etc.
And of course I plan on sharing with you guys what I find . 😉
(Just keep in mind I’m in no way a professional.)
What do you feed your dog(s)?
Has your dog’s food ever caused health problems?
(Wow, there were a lot of parenthesis in that post.)