When it comes to choosing the right food for your pup, it's important to consult with your vet and read the food label carefully. There are many options available for dogs of different ages and breeds, and the best dog foods contain high-quality versions of meat, vegetables, cereals, and fruits. Some experts recommend hydrolyzed diets for dogs with allergies, while others suggest prescription veterinary diets for overweight or obese dogs. Small breeds may require food specifically formulated for them.
The Tattooed Dog Trainer, a pet nutritionist with years of experience in both pet nutrition and dog training, recommends that domestic dogs get nutrients from grains, fruits, and vegetables in addition to meat. These non-meat foods are not just fillers but can be a valuable source of essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Liff, Gstrein and Satchu also recommend a particular hydrolyzed diet for dogs with allergies, as does Dr. Veterinary.
Karie Anne Johnson, co-founder of VIP Vet Visit, suggests Purina's Pro Plan food as a great option for large breed puppies. Catriona Love, associate veterinarian with the Heart of Chelsea Veterinary Group, recommends Royal Canin as one of the tastiest dog food brands she suggests to her patients. Dry foods (or kibble) can help keep a dog's teeth and gums healthy due to the friction of chewing them. Following a “boutique raw products” diet or a freshly prepared diet will not necessarily prevent food contamination either.
Grains in a dog's diet are fine as long as they are moderate, as dogs require more protein than carbohydrates.