We all want what’s best for our dog and one of the most important things I believe, is ensure our dogs are eating a heathy diet. Just walking down the pet food isle can be an overwhelming experience. Do we feed them dry, wet, a mix of the two, organic, raw, do we buy the most expensive or is it o.k to buy on the lower end, the list goes on.
I have been through the range of different foods over the years with my dogs. I have even made homemade food for my elder Golden Retriever when she was no longer interested in eating. Making your own comes with its own set of challenges, it is not as easy as just giving them what you have in the fridge, you must give them proper portions of different food categories, as well as supplements and this all takes time and understanding of proper dog nutrition.
When my Pug Edie came home with me as a puppy, she was already on Royal Canin’s Pug puppy food. So as not to upset her routine or stomach, I continued her on this diet and she thrived. I always receive comments on how shiny her coat is!
How can I say this politely, Pugs are known to get “pudgy”! ( If you delete two of the letters you get Pug, interesting!). I swore I would not allow my Pug to get fat! Well, I don’t know what happened, but after she was spayed I swear she started putting on weight the minute she walked out the vet’s door!
I switched Edie over to the Light version of the Royal Canin, but she still acted like she hadn’t eaten in month’s! I tried everything to get her mind off food, I even switched her to the brand that challenges you to “compare ingredients”. Not a good idea. Even though I did a slow transition, she developed diarrhea and did not do well on it. So I went back to my faithful Royal Canin product.
I tried filling her up between feedings on “treats” of carrots, green beans and even lettuce, yes she loves lettuce! One summer she went through what I call the “bunny” stage, meaning, she ate my garden plants!
Edie had a preference for Hostas; leaf, stock and all, right down to the root! I thought she’s going to poison herself. I looked up Hostas to make sure they weren’t poisonous, I couldn’t find anything indicating that they were, but I also consulted with Edie’s vet. I ended up fencing off what was left of my once admired garden.
My frustration continued with Edie’s constant begging for food. She tried eating everything and anything she could find, needless to say I was concerned for her health. Eventually, with the help of my vet, we were able to find a food that fit. Edie is now on Satiety Support, a Royal Canin product. I divide her meals up 3 times a day, and I find by adding a little water in with the food it makes her eat slower while getting fluids into Edie (she is not a big drinker).
Edie, I am happy to say, has trimmed down by 3 lbs since her last weigh-in and is looking great! The begging for food has decreased, her coat is super shiny and most importantly she is healthier and I believe, happier.
Just like the different foods available in the pet food isles, each dog too is different. Each dog has their own individual and special needs, sometimes it takes time, trials and errors to find what’s right for your pet, but when you do, nothing is more satisfying to see them thriving and healthy.