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Your Dog’s Diet
January 23, 2016

Health of your dog largely depends on a few factors.
Main of them are:

  1. Genetic predisposition;
  2. Proper diet;
  3. Exercise;
  4. Mental state.

Learning about genetic predisposition of your pet, is every owners responsibility. It should be before and after adopting.

While on this topic, lets talk about something all dogs are not genetically predisposed to – certain human foods.
Some of the foods on our table could be upsetting, dangerous, and toxic to dogs.
They include:

  • Avocados (upset stomach, dangerous pit);
  • Apple seeds (the rest of the apple is OK);
  • Alcohol;
  • Chocolate, coffee (or anything with caffeine);
  • Raisins and grapes;
  • Raw garlic or onions;
  • Most nuts;
  • Foods that contain Xylitol, (chewing gum and toothpaste, never use human toothpaste in dogs);
  • Foods rich in sodium content like potato chips.

Now that the hazards are out of the way, let’s talk about the proper diet.

I personally favor dry kibble over wet food for several reasons.

Reason number one – helps to maintain cleaner teeth.
Reason number two – better value, higher protein content per Oz.
Reason number three – convenience, no overfeeding with preset portions of cans.

After years of working with dogs, I have developed a strong belief that dogs should be fed grain-free diets only.

There are three grain-free brands I recommend depending on your budget:

1. Costco – Kirkland Nature’s Domain

For those who live near a Costco – Kirkland Nature’s Domain is an easy pick. With prices ranging from $30 to $35 for 35lb bag, it is one of the best values I know among grain-free foods. If you prefer to purchase online, or do not have Costco membership, this one is not for you. $30 price is only achievable in-store – price online is $45 which puts it below competition.

  • Quality score is 3/5
  • Price score 5/5

 

2.Taste of the Wild

For those who favor Amazon – Taste of the Wild is another top pick. The price is a bit higher with this one, from $40 to $50 for 30lb bag. It is of higher quality compared to Nature’s Domain, and dogs prefer its taste better.

  • Quality score 4/5
  • Price score 4/5

3. Orijen

If money is no object and you want only the best for your dog – then Orijen is for you. This is one of the most expensive dog foods I have ever purchased, priced from $90 to $115 for 28lb bag. Certain breeds of dogs require higher protein content in their food during development stages, and this food delivers the highest % of high quality protein compared to others.

  • Quality score 5/5
  • Price score 3/5

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