What Type of Food Is Best for Your Dog?
Veterinarians’ knowledge of canine nutrition has come a long way in the past few decades. Thirty years ago, experts believed that dogs were carnivores. They now understand that dogs are omnivores.
Still, many dog food manufacturers use sneaky tricks to lead consumers to believe they’re buying balanced and nutritious products for their pets. Some proteins are not easily digestible. For example, corn, a primary ingredient in many conventional dog foods, is one of the least digestible proteins, according to PetMD. Corn is much less digestible than muscle meats, organ meats and egg whites.
Many raw materials that are unfit for human consumption can be legally added to dog food. To add carbohydrates, some manufacturers use cheap grains, which deliver energy but not many other vitamins and minerals.
Plus, most dog foods that you find on grocery store shelves are formulated to meet the average dog’s minimum nutritional requirements. Your dog’s health and metabolism might be very different from those of the typical canine.
All of this might make you wonder if you’re better off cooking fresh dog food from scratch. There’s a convenience factor involved in feeding your pet, though. Many people would balk at the idea of spending time cooking separate meals for their dogs. Fortunately, there is a happy medium.
barkley_theboxer I’m so excited to try @thefarmersdog … now I can have real human-grade food! Thanks mom and dad for caring so much about my health! #imafarmersdog
Dani (2 year old French Bulldog)
The Farmer’s Dog Profile & Customization
On the first page, you’ll start with your dog’s name and where you live.
Next, you’ll provide info on your dog’s age, weight, breed, and body type. I found the body type diagrams particularly helpful, because I think many owners don’t even realize their dog might be overweight. The diagram might really help in this regard.
You’ll also detail any medical issues your dog has, as well as give info regarding your dog’s current diet.
You’ll also provide info about:
How much say is the farmer’s dog?
Is the farmer’s dog recommended by vets?
How long is the farmer’s dog good for?
Is farmer’s dog better than kibble?