Dog Food

A complete guide to dog food and treats: wet, dry, raw and cooked.

Dog food is a contentious topic among pet parents, and the subject of many a debate here on Dogster with good reason – we only want the best for our dogs. A healthy dog is a happy dog, and our dog food section is here to help you make informed decisions about the kibble you pick up at the store or the meals you prepare from scratch at home. Learn how to deal with a finicky eater, get advice on the steps to take if your dog weighs more than he should, and learn about common ingestible hazards and poisons.

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Raw food diet cured chronic ear infections

I switched to raw diet for my two dogs about 6 weeks ago because of chronic yeasty ears in my dog....horrible ear infections that we could not get sorted. Our vet had her on Science diet prescriptions z/d at a whopping $185 for a big bag and it still didn't solve the problem, only made it a bit better. So thought I would try raw at the recommendation of the kennel owners and the dog walker/trainer. We've seen a huge difference, not only in her ears, but in her coat and energy levels too. And she has a waist for the first time in her life...she was a bit chubby before. Our other dog did well enough on kibble but we have always struggled to keep weight on him...he is prone to being too thin. He is doing great on a raw diet as well. His weight seems a bit more stable. We are mostly using a prepared raw but I'm easing into other things to give them more variety. So far...so good.

Maggie-Lee H., owner of a German Shepherd/Golden Retriever

Chocolate is Poison to Dogs

Dogs should not eat chocolate. Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to dogs. White chocolate contains very little, and baking chocolate contains a huge amount of theobromine. Still, dogs should never be given chocolate, even if it might not hurt them. It's better to be safe that sorry.

Rose J., owner of a Golden Retriever

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