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The Best Dog Foods, According to Veterinarians

 A Look at the Veterinarians' Favorite Dog Foods

Even if you bring home an American Kennel Club-certified puppy, giving it Dradequate care, a comfy place to sleep, and a nutritious diet is, as the expression goes, a major job. Your dog's age, size, breed, and any health conditions should be taken into consideration when deciding what to feed him or her. But if your dog doesn't enjoy the flavour of the food, it doesn't matter what you do. Pure Paws Veterinary Care veterinarian Dr Stephanie Liff discusses the importance of taste when choosing what to feed a dog. A blend of human-grade raw food and kibble is fed to Liff's three-year-old Labradoodle.

 "I want my patients to prefer eating it," says Liff. In Liff's opinion, one sign that your dog is getting the proper nutrition is "excellent, quality (easy to pick up) stools." As for whether or not your dog like the flavour of its food, it should be apparent enough: If your dog eats the food in a single sitting, it is likely to do so because it enjoys it. Texas-based integrative veterinarian DrDr Hunter Finn believes that "dogs do not necessarily like merely leaving food in the dish till they're feeling hungry," he adds. There are so many options available now that you should have no problem finding a meal your dog enjoys.

Other factors to consider include a brand's recall history and a statement from the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) on the packaging. Dr Zay Satchu, the co-founder and chief veterinary officer of Bond Vet, notes that the AAFCO declaration indicates that the meal is nutritionally full and balanced. When searching for dog food, it's possible to go further into your study, but this is a fantastic beginning place. If a company does not have an in-house full-time board-certified veterinary nutritionist, Finn will avoid doing business with it. Balance IT is an online programme that may help you set together an appropriate meal plan for your dog if you'd like to prepare it yourself.

It is important to note that the Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning concerning some grain-free meals, which the agency believes may be connected to an increase in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). According to veterinarian Dr Sara Ochoa, “Large and giant-breed dogs are predisposed to this disease.” The majority of the veterinarians we talked with stated that the association isn’t from the absence of grains in these diets, but rather from the legumes or peas that have been introduced as a substitute. Veterinarian Dr Angie Krause explains, “When a dog’s diet is so high in beans as a protein source, it may affect their intake of specific amino acids.”

To get a better understanding of what meals the specialists (both human and canine) favour, we chatted to Liff, Finn, Satchu, Ochoa, Krause, and nine other professionals about the foods they prescribe to their patients as well as what they feed their own dogs at home. Since every dog is unique, if you’re thinking of modifying your dog’s food, it’s a good idea to talk with your veterinarian before doing so.