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

Higher-calorie Food for Skinny Seniors

Providing that she is healthy there are some good foods out there. Also inspect her teeth. Sometimes when they get older they are not chewing their food. This makes them swallow the food. The food doesn't get digested very well. You can buy a higher calorie food. Also if her teeth are bad and it hurts to chew you can feed canned food.

Linda M., owner of a German Shepherd

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