A few weeks ago, one of my favorite
dogs bloggers wrote about a very touchy subject. What you feed your dog(s). The jist of her article was about how divisive this subject is and how so many people get so passionate about their opinions. It’s often too easy to fall into a debate of “if you really love Fido, then you would feed him this.”
Now fortunately, all of the blogs I read are written by people way smarter than I who know their stuff when it comes to all things dog. I also do a bit of research on my own and truly believe that I make the best decisions I can based on the information I have at hand. I once read a quote, “When you choose your advisor, you choose your advice.” Of course that is true. I have my local experts who give me advice on good, holistic foods for my dogs. I also rely on Dog Food Advisor to give me a starting point and a high-level overview of my choices. I talk to people and I see the reactions of Ray and Julius (ok, just Ray. Julius will eat anything that isn’t green.)
I realized though, that while there may be a multitude of people who may try to
bully convince others into spending beyond their budget on food for their canine companions, there are just as many people who truly believe they are feeding a high quality kibble to their dog, though it might be something I wouldn’t really feel comfortable feeding to the boys. I’m of the mindset that if it works for you and your dog, then great! If you ask what I feed, I will tell you. If you want to know why, I will tell you why. When you tell me what you feed, I will say, “great,” and leave it at that, so don’t feel the need to convince me to change.
The challenge for me is when our Vet
pushes recommends a food that I wouldn’t dream of feeding. I’ve noticed at their office a lot of literature supporting why corn is good, why fillers are good, why animal by-products are good and I just cringe. I know that this food company really has an “in” with veterinarians and our vets really don’t do a lot of research on nutrition so I just nod. One of our vets even was recommending a food for Ray to loose weight and said their dog ate it and lost weight but they had to switch because the dog lost too much weight. Do you think maybe because it wasn’t getting any nutrition?
I feed a 5 star rated food to both Ray and Julius, but that is because they love it, I support the ingredients and it fits my budget. Ray is overweight and I know that. He will be sedentary for several weeks, if not months and I know that, too. I’ve switched him to the reduced fat version of his regular food, switched out as many treats as possible with fresh vegetables. I commit to a slow and steady rehab for his leg and by the end of the summer we should both be lean, mean
fighting loving machines again.
So tell us, what do you feed and why? How do you handle the food controversy or have you managed to stay apart from it?