A very common question new dog owners find themselves asking, is “what should I feed my dog?”. There are many options out there, some better than others. In this video veterinarian Ted Morris goes over this very question.
What Should I Feed My Dog – Video Transcript:
“Hey everyone, today we’re going to be talking about dog food. One of the biggest questions my clients have when they come into the clinic on a daily basis is: “what am I supposed to feed my pooch?”. Everyone’s got a different opinion, so today I’m hoping to weed out some of those myths that are out there and just help you make some better choices on what to feed your dogs.
Ok, I know what you’re thinking: “another vet who’s going to be pushing you to buy some commercial food or something from their vet clinic” – You’ll be surprised what I have to say.
The best thing to feed our animals, just like ourselves, is something that is freshly prepared, something that is made with actual ingredients that you know the names of.
A lot of people think that you just can’t feed them “people” food and that is a total myth. What it should be is: Don’t feed your dog people food that is going to make them sick, going to poison them or make them fat.
Now, having said that, what do I feed my dog? Kibble. Delicious, delicious kibble. In fact, this is the food that she eats. It is perfectly balanced, nutritious, she loves it, she could care less if she’s eating the same thing everyday. She just looks at her bowl, like: “Kibble! Yay! Awesome! This is the best!”
So, don’t feel guilty about feeding your dog a commercial food. I don’t have time to cook for my dog everyday, I barely have time to cook for myself.
Now what do I do to balance my desire to feed a fresh diet with the convenience of feeding a kibble or a canned food? I give my dog some veggies or some fruits on the side. She gets broccoli stalks, she gets carrots and cucumbers. She doesn’t get peppers because they give her wicked gas, but you can discover all that fun stuff for yourselves.
To find out what your dog likes just introduce a new ingredient every couple of days. Do they like broccoli? Does it agree with them? Fantastic. A couple of days later, try something else.
Now, if you’re feeding a commercial food, whether to feed a kibble or canned food is very much personal taste. Kibble tends to be the easier option, you can leave the bowl out all day, nothing really happens to it. Canned food does tend to dry out over time, so if you’ve got a dog who doesn’t necessarily eat all their food at once and just sort of graze, canned food may not be the best option for them.
If you’ve got an overweight dog or if you’ve got a dog whose got diabetes or kidney issues, canned food is the best for them. For the overweight dogs, it’s way lower in carbs, all those carbs get turned into fat. If they’ve got health issues, there’s a ton of water in here, often times we struggle to get dogs to drink as much water as they should. Ridiculous amount of water in canned food.
That is my quick and dirty tour of dog food! I hope that’s been helpful to you, I hope that’s clarified some issues that you’ve had in your mind. As always, if you have any questions about what to feed your dog, talk to your vet first, we are absolutely your number once source for nutrition information.”