I'm getting a 13 week old puppy on sunday and I want to feed it the best. The cats eat raw but I don't think that's necessary with dogs, I'm thinking a mix of wet and dry food.. just don't know what brand is good/safe/reliable etc.
So what do you guys feed your dogs?
I feed my dog a mix of Taste Of The Wild and table scraps that have not been seasoned or cooked in a bunch of grease. If you want to do that, make sure you look up what foods are poisenous to dogs, because there's some that are really good for us but really bad for dogs (like onions, garlic, grapes, and cocao *dark chocolate*)
For the most part though, more meat than veggies, small bits of fruit and a varied diet is the best. If your worried about messing something up with your dogs nutrition, you can do what I do which is feed a good kibble AND human food that's safe for dogs. Most people agree that raw is best, but I like to used cooked unless it's something that I myself would eat un-cooked.
Whatever you do OP, make sure to do your research and get it checked out by vets that have a good background knowledge on dog nutrition. Canned is great, but it's pretty expensive and does not give as much nutrition and nutrients as a small bowel of kibble, so you have to feed a lot more. Certain foods from your own fridge you can give in small portions and often have them as leftovers anyway. Also, please, PLEASE take caution with the bones until you know how your dog chews on toys and such things. Some dogs are fine with bones, where as others will swallow large chunks, or splinter them into pieces and hurt themselves as they swallow them.
Thanks. I already feed the cats raw chicken from the grocery store so I'm familiar with raw feeding, I just wasn't sure if it was worth the trouble for dogs since they're not as... carnivorous.
There's a place nearby that sells Steve's so I'll probably just do that. Might even get the chicken one to supplement the cat's diet instead of dealing with organs.
Thanks for the advice. The pup will probs be on kibble until he's older so I have time to decide what to do, I just don't want to feed him garbage in the mean time.
Oh ya, and that's fine. My only real problem with raw personally is that I don't know where I could get meat and trust it not to get contaminated with things that could make my animals sick, and I don't trust my own knowledge enough to completely leave out the kibble. Dogs have similar dietary needs to us, but still different, so I don't want to mess up my own dogs nutrition-that's why I go the kibble route with some home made foods that I know are safe for dogs.
If we are having steak for dinner, and we have more than enough, I'll cut a good slab in half and cook some for my dog before I cook our own dinner, then cut it up and mix it in the kibble with some warm water. If I'm having some fruit for lunch, I'll make a game out of it and throw my dog some blueberries that she chases down. Simple things like that.
I don't like giving raw bones unless I'm able to sit and observe until she starts to crack it, at which point I take it away and give her a treat or a little peanut butter. Plus, there are all kinds of chew toys that can serve the same purpose, or just getting your dog used to brushing their teeth at night. Personally I like to get my dog bully sticks.
Good reference for you OP:
Keep in mind that while dogs aren't obligate carnivores, they are still carnivores compared to omnivores like grizzly bears. They do best on a meat-based diet with ideally less than 20% carbs.