I’m frequently asked “What’s the best dog food to feed my dog?” or “What dog food do you feed your dog?”
The best food to feed your dog is one that is tailored to meet your dog’s nutritional requirements. I say this because often dogs have many different kinds of allergies, skin irritations and behavior or health issues in which choice of food is an important factor to consider.
It’s my observation that the quality of dog food purchased is based on a variety of socio-economic factors. A college student or disabled person on a budget may buy food from grocery stores (Safeway, Raley’s) or corporate pet stores (Petco, PetSmart) and is considered the lower end of the nutritional spectrum.
From middle to upper class it may vary based upon one’s knowledge of dog nutrition and disposable income. Many people from all walks of life purchase their food at Costco, which is some of the highest rated dog food in the country.
Local pet specialty stores such as All Cats & Dogs, Jill’s Elegant Dog Boutique and TrailBlazer Pet Supply promote foods with more nutritional value and fewer preservatives than those previously mentioned. You may pay a little more, but you’re getting better quality food.
The question to ask yourself is which the best is for you. If you aren’t on a budget or want your dog to eat the best food possible, you may want to consider a ‘raw diet’. This type of food is usually more expensive but has the best possible nutritional value for your dog.
Please consult your veterinarian for nutritional requirements and serving sizes specific to your dog’s needs.