If you’re getting ready to welcome a new dog to your home, congratulations! You’re about to embark on one of the most satisfying, rewarding and memorable relationships you’ll ever have. You’re also probably wondering about what kind of food to feed him. Dog food, like human food, comes in a large range of brands and formulas. Is dry food better than soft? Does going organic matter? The answer, you’ll find, is right at home.
Whether you’re purchasing your dog from a breeder or you’re adopting him from a shelter or foster home, you already have an important resource available. Find out what food he currently eats, and then evaluate his health. Clear eyes and ears, a shiny coat, ample energy, healthy teeth and breath are all good indicators of his overall wellness.
Issues such as itching, diarrhea, a smelly and greasy coat, unclear eyes and ears, excess tartar and aggressive behavior may all indicate a problem that may, in part, be treated with dietary measures. If your dog is healthy, switching to a different formula is inadvisable.
Certain breeds are prone …