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What’s for Breakfast?

If your name is Scooby the elderpin, today’s morning meal looks like this:

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The hand mixed contents of your dish include a heaping scoop of Natural Planet Organics turkey dinner canned food, a teaspoon of pumpkin, a tablespoon of kale and broccoli pulp and a 1/4 cup of  Acana dry kibble (equal parts Ranchland and the duck/Bartlett pear varieties).

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If your name is Scooby the elderpin, however, you aren’t much interested in this dish today.

Nor is your buddy Luke the emo dog hungry for his bowl of just the Acana.

sad golden retriever

One of you is very old and not consistently hungry. The other is very scared of the stormy weather outside.

Maybe you are both holding out for some more buffalo and elk scraps from your people’s past two evening meals.

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Maybe breakfast will just have to become lunch today at the Wayward House. Maybe it will stop raining eventually.

What did you serve your dogs for breakfast today? Did they eat it?

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A guest blogger’s thoughts on food for your dog

How do you decide which food to put in your dog’s bowl? Today’s UK-based guest blogger has some thoughts about this topic. The specific brands he mentions may be new to readers in the U.S. (They were to me!)

empty dog food bowl

What should go in here?

Know Your Dog!

Owning a pet is like having a child. You have to be as careful with your pet as you are with your baby. Due to their loyal, protective, emotional and adorable nature, dogs are the preferred pets among animals. Taking care of your dog is not child’s play. Since it is a canine, a different species than humans, its needs are different. You cannot always feed your dog with what you eat. The food and other requirements of a dog are different and hence as a dog owner, you must look out for specialised dog food options that best suit your dog.

Choosing the right food for your dog calls for thorough knowledge of canine likes, dislikes, body chemistry and market availability of dog food brands.  The market is flooded with fake dog foods loaded with lots of preservatives, fillers like grains and lacking any real nutrition in the form of amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.  Dogs require lots of protein in their diet and hence meat is the optimum option for them.

MIniature pinscher with a dog treat

Scooby can be very finicky.

Is Your Dog Brand-finicky or Adaptive?

Many dogs prefer chicken and liver over other treats. Choosing a quality brand that guarantees complete meat rather than cheap grain fillers is key to your dog’s good health.  Applaws is one brand which dogs love and some literally bark for. Dog foods are available in both dry and moist forms. They are customized as per your dog’s breed, size and other characteristics. So choose your dog food buys as per your vet’s recommendations. A good dog food will also contain a lot of fibers. Dogs fall prey to indigestion and obesity. Including foods rich in fibers ensures a good digestion and also prevents obesity in the long run.

Apart from Applaws, Chappie is another good dog food brand. It is made of fish, chicken and cereals. It is low in fat, high in protein, fibres and provides the essential vitamins. Also, there are different varieties of dog foods for neutered as well as unneutered dogs.  Many dog owners also prefer Denes as it is made of high quality natural ingredients. Bakers Dog Food offers food varieties that cater to the changing needs of your dog as per life stages. Bacon, lamb and rabbit meat are dog favourites.

Has FDA Approved?

For authentic dog food, check out the label for FDA approval before purchase. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) necessitates that all animal foods, like human foods, are safe to eat, produced under sanitary conditions, contain no harmful substances and are truthfully labelled. Also, canned foods must pass the low-acid regulations to make sure that the pet food does not contain viable microbes.

Look out for labels that mention corn meals and refrain from buying such packets. Corn is not very usable by the dog’s body. It is also associated with skin allergies, joint swelling and bloating in these creatures.  A grain-free diet is the best bet for your dog as canines were not meant to eat grains but bite into meat.  If your dog is shedding more hairs, has a dull coat and is reeking of body odour, it could be an indication that it has been on a bad diet for a long time.

A young corgi dog

Kasey the corgi says, “Feed me right!”

Care for Your Dog

You must take care of certain things related to dog care.  Make sure you monitor your dog’s weight regularly and keep an eye on its stool quality – wet or dry.  Always keep the dog bowl filled with fresh water. Feed your pet on a fixed schedule so that you can regulate his bathroom needs.  Always consult your vet in case of doubts.

 Guest blogger Roger likes to write about Pets, especially Dogs and overall Pet Nutrition. He thinks choosing proper Dog Food is very important for the growth and well being of your dog.

Editor’s note: The links in this blog take you to an online pet food retailer based in the United Kingdom. I have not used the service and therefore cannot recommend it, but I had fun cruising around and comparing it to similar companies in the U.S.

Do you agree with what Roger has to say about dog food? What brands are you loyal to? Sound off in the comments!

Barking dog in a crate.

Charlie Machete has serious opinions on this and many subjects.

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