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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Talk About Food

Switching to Senior Dog Food

As I understand it there isn't a big difference between adult and senior varieties except for some more glucosamine/chondrotin supplements and some other little differences. I would just keep him on whatever you've been feeding and perhaps add in some supplements if you feel it's needed. I figure if they are maintaining the same quality of health, why change the food? A good diet can be fed with any life style and age.

Kayla D., owner of a Golden Retriever mix

Helping an Older Dog Gain Weight

Once your dog is checked out by the vet, including x-rays, blood and urine tests, you can work on the weight issue. If she is developing a chronic illness you might need to work with a special diet. Older dogs do lose muscle mass and need higher levels of protein than adult dogs. It would be super easy to add some quality protein like an egg or sardines or hamburger patty to her regular food on a daily basis or perhaps switch to a higher protein senior kibble. More exercise is needed to go along with the added protein.

Kathy Y., owner of a Mixed Breed

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