Keep Your Dog Healthy: Feed Him Right

By Deborah Taylor-French

What should I feed my dog?

1. Look for veterinarian recommendations for the type of dog you have. Senior dogs should never be feed puppy kibble or canned foods because those formulas have more fat and other ingredients for fast growing young dogs.

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2. Another good place to ask about pet foods is at your local feed store. I am lucky my local Western Farm has employees who have raised many dogs. They know all about sensitive stomachs and skin allergies. Plus they are open to questions.

Dog Looking at and Listening to a Phonograph, ...
Dog Looking at and Listening to a Phonograph, “His Master’s Voice”, The Original RCA Music Puppy Dog Logo Symbol for Advertising (Photo credit: Beverly & Pack)

3. Take in to account the age of your dog and his activity level.

4. If your dog has an allergy be sure to find a food that helps reduce his itching and scratching. There are hundreds of pet foods to meet special needs diets. You may need to try several like I did with Sydney. When I got him his skin was red from scratching. After several tries, I found a chicken and rice kibble that helped him. Later I added Natural Balance fresh roll for treats and variety.

What is a Natural Balance roll?

4. Keep several types and tastes of food on hand. You can use one or two as treats. And you can slowly over a week or two change your dog’s food without upsetting his stomach.

Never suddenly change your dog’s food…unless you want a sick dog.

This is common sense. If you have ever had a sudden complete change in your own diet, you will know the pain of indigestion and other health problems that radical diet changes cause.

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