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December 3, 2015

The Best Dog Food for Every Dog

People often ask, “What do Eko and Penny eat?” “Mostly the other’s skull,” I reply Despite my truthful answer, people are usually more interested in what dog food they eat. There’s a short answer and a long answer . The short answer is Eko and Penny both eat
People often ask, “What do Eko and Penny eat?”

“Mostly the other’s skull,” I reply

Despite my truthful answer, people are usually more interested in what dog food they eat.

There’s a short answer and a long answer .

The short answer is Eko and Penny both eat ProPlan Natural – Chicken and Brown Rice

But the short answer isn’t a particularly helpful one. Eko and Penny are healthy, fit and active dogs, so I think many people assume my two eat the “best” dog food. But here’s the thing:

There is no single best dog food.

That’s the bad news. The good news is you can find the best food for your dog.

Like human nutrition, canine nutrition is a nuanced issue with a multitude of camps. From grain free to free range and from dry food to raw food, there are a plethora of canine diets people swear by.

Eko and Penny swear by their food, but they’d also swear by a meal of just treats. So I don’t let their tastes be the sole judge of their food

With Eko, I first tried to find the “best” dog food by buying the most expensive bag I could find. When that didn’t work well for him, we transitioned to a “Five Star” reviewed food. Eko’s stomach didn’t take well to that food, so we next tried a brand recommended by my vet. This bag was a dud too.

In each case I transitioned food appropriately and fed according to guidelines, but nothing worked. My impulse at the time was to label these duds as “bad” dog foods. But what I’ve realized is they were simply “bad for Eko.” I’m sure I could find plenty of dogs who thrive on those foods.

The ProPlan Natural is the goldilocks “just right” food for Eko and it’s worked wonderfully for Penny. But that’s no guarantee it will give other pups the same energy and bounce it gives Penny.

That’s probably a good thing

Every dog is unique, so finding the right food for your pup is a unique process. I will happily share info about what my pups eat, but I’m always quick to add there is no one-size-fits-all food. It takes time to figure out what food works for your dog.

And how much of it to feed. (Hint: Don’t listen to your dog’s suggestions)

While food is a central component to a dog’s health, there is no miraculous food which transforms your dog into Superpup. Proper nutrition, exercise, training, grooming and veterinary care are all invaluable.

Also, you should limit how many cigars your dogs smoke

I’m not a veterinary nutritionist so when asked, I don’t recommend an authoritative “best” diet or food. Instead I prefer to recommend people discover what’s best for their particular pup. As I learned, the right answer isn’t guaranteed by price, ratings or even veterinary recommendations.

The right answer is guaranteed by a commitment to discovering what food helps your pup be the healthiest and happiest they can be.

The effort is well worth the result!

Also, allow my mistakes help me save your wallet. If you want to try a new dog food, always buy the small bag!

I’m interested to hear from you guys. How did you discover and decide what food(s) to feed your dogs?

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