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In Animals and Pets, Choosing the right food fur your dog, Music, Television, Theater on April 28, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Pets and their food choice are as individual as People and their diets. There is no such thing as ‘one size fits all.’ You need to ‘know’ your pet, observe them daily, then make decisions about their health care and feeding based on your experiences with your individual pet’s individual needs and your individual life circumstances.

The operative word here is INDIVIDUAL!

Just because one pet owner experiences success or not success with a particular brand or feeding regimen such as a raw food diet or some other alternative feeding scheme, doesn’t mean your results will be similar or even appropriate fur you or your dog.

Pouring over brand descriptions and labels or giving inordinate attention to the popular fad de jour will only frustrate you, your dog, or worse, actually cause a food allergy!

Observe your dog. Then ask yourself what is it you are needing to accomplish nutritionally, dietetically and physiologically fur your dog?

Is your dog overweight? Underweight? Does your dog smell? Did you know the wrong dog food can cause your dog to exude an unpleasant od0r (like rotting corpse or mediciny, wet dog), cause halitosis (foul mouth odor) and yeasty smelling ears?

Has your vet determined your dog may have a food allergy? The wrong dog food can cause itchy skin, adversely affect the  sheen, texture and density of your dog’s coat and cause profuse shedding even doggie alopecia or to a lesser degree, benign hair loss. If the food is irritating your dog’s intestines or he has developed a skin allergy because of it, your dog will smell bad!

“Your son, Rip is on line ‘Toot.'”

Is your dog excessively flatulent? Think about it. Do you fart every day, five, ten and twenty times a day? Foul smelling, lingering, oily flatulence is a symptom, not comic relief!  Bloat is a serious medical issue fur dogs as well as a very painful way to die!

"It's clobberin' time!"

Okay, now let’s talk sh*** Hey! Shut your mouth! BOL! Is your dog’s poop rocky looking, hard, and comes out in clearly delineated sections like The Fantastic Four‘s The Thing?

Your dog’s poop should be brown and formed with some evidence of lubricating mucous so it’s a skosh moist, even glistening, but not loose like diarrhea.

You should be able to pick it up and feel warmth and weight. It should not dribble out the anus in small, intermittent little loose droplets. Gastrointestinal changes or anomalies are often extinguished or at least mitigated successfully by diet.

Are you needing to manage your dogs weight? Is there a medical or physiological imperative for your dog’s food choice, such as disease, muscle and bone  health and maintenance, heart health, etc? In that case, you should be working closely with a qualified vet you are comfortable with, confident in and that you trust.

Now that you have at least determined a real, pragmatic reason fur switching your dog’s food, you need next to decide what’s best fur you and your pet and then decide on a feeding plan based on what you have determined is in the best health interests of your pet, not because that’s what the Jones’ feed their pet.

You have to be able to afford it. You have to be able to find it in convenient locations. And most importantly, your dog has to eat it! What’s the use expending energy and hours and days and weeks, even years researching the Pawfect food with the Pawfect ingredients if your dog doesn’t like it and won’t eat it? Or none of your neighborhood stores carry it?

I eat Royal Canin. She doesn’t like me to be flatulent. I don’t have any food allergies, (I do not have a cast iron stomach so I can’t eat a steady, constantly varying diet of People food) or dietary anomalies so both our imperatives are being met with Royal Canin. Plus I like it and I will happily eat it. Alpo or Costco’s Kirkland brand may work just fine fur your dogs health, taste buds and your pocketbook, physiological or medical problems notwithstanding.

What you feed your pet is not rocket science. It doesn’t show the world how smart you are. Conversely, it doesn’t mean you’re a bad, neglectful, unloving, indifferent pet owner if your dog dines on Purina and mine eats Royal Canin, nor does what your dog eats qualify as a status symbol or a means to make a showy display of your material good fortune.

What you feed your pet should be based solely on whether your pet likes it and whether it works to ensure and maintain his or her individual health and physiological well being. That’s your responsibility and it’s a responsibility you need to take seriously!
The first resource She always goes to when She has any questions about anything is The Internet. These days with so much information so readily and easily available just by typing the word or phrase in the Goggle window, there is absolutely no reason People should find it difficult to get answers to their own questions and/or concerns.

Often She is able to find information that is invaluable to my care and keeping. She is not wealthy or rich or even comfortably well off materially, so running to the vet every time I have a problem is not always the most expedient option fur us.

So She does Her homework first. Yes, it’s an investment of time, but it pays dividends when we do have to visit our vet. She arrives prepared with questions to ask and observations She can provide which helps our vet make the right diagnosis the first time.

The more information you can provide your pet health care provider, the less frustrating the vet visit will be. Being prepared also cuts down on redundant office visits and the length of time your dog may suffer or be uncomfortable in between these visits.

If you are concerned right now about Bella’s nutrition or Ethel Mae and Doc and Viv are farting a skosh too much or Guinness is suddenly not so eagerly scarfing down his kibble the way he used to, then here are four (4) sites She’s found that may be helpful to you. A couple are a bit dense, but they deliver the goods. Like to see them? Here they go:

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to decide on a  meal product that a. insures your dog’s best chance fur quality of life and length of days, b. you can afford it and c. your dog will eat it. It’s your responsibility as a responsible pet owner. That’s all! And Bon a petite!

Good luck Jim.

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