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

Feeding a Dog with an Upset Stomach

The easiest way to make chicken and rice is with a microwave rice cooker. You can buy those from any Wal-Mart for about $5 to $10. With the microwave rice cooker, put the rice into the cooker. Add some water, or chicken broth, and pop it into the microwave for about 10 minutes. (You may need to try some different configurations with more or less water to get the desired softness in the rice.) Make the chicken separately. Boneless chicken breast works great. Boil it without any kind of spices on the stove. Then cut it up and mix it in with the rice. It should take you about as long to make the chicken as it takes for the rice. If you start with thawed chicken. (You can make a bunch and put it into the fridge, too.) Feed approximately the same amount as you do of your dog food, more rice than chicken. You can also add in some plain, canned pumpkin. Dogs like the pumpkin taste and it helps settle tummies.

Chris & Brian C., owner of a German Shepherd

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