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It is imperative to your pet health that you feed your dog a very high quality dog food. This should either be a raw diet that is commercially available via pet stores or a human grade dry food. If you decide to feed your dog a commercial dog food, you will want to make sure that somewhere on the package it clearly states that, “This food has been proven to be nutritionally complete or adequate for all life stages.” Otherwise you should opt for either a puppy food when you have a young dog or an adult dog food for older dogs. Regardless of what type of commercial dog food you purchase, you will want to look to ensure that it is AAFCO certified. This basically means that it meets the industry’s standards. On the other hand, if you opt for a human grade dog food, it will usually come in a can. This type of dog food will have a high moisture content, which will help encourage your dog to urinate properly so as not to develop a urinary tract infection.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|