Now let’s get your new best friend fed because there are many things that we like to do, such as sleep and play but most of all we like to eat. Yes, we will eat anything that you can think of, even if we know its not good for us.
Now, you must be thinking, I have a small breed dog so what is the best dog food on the market for small dogs or you have a large breed dog and you are thinking what is the best dog food on the market for large dogs? Don’t worry we are going to get to that let me tell you a story first.
Story: When I stopped eating for a week
In the eight years that I have been on this earth, I have eaten many things in my life, some things I like and some things I hate. There are things like beans which I just refuse to eat.
One thing is certain there are some foods that dogs should not eat because it could either kill us or make us really sick.
In South Africa, Tania always bought the best dog food for mom and I. The food was certified by the Vet but when we moved to Italy, Tania would not let me eat the Pizza and the pasta and I didn’t like any of the various dry and wet dog foods they had on offer.
My Guardians tried everything and for a whole week, I refused to eat anything because I was in Italy and I wanted to eat pizza and pasta, you know all the good stuff that comes from here. I would have also gone for the Lasagna too but my name is Puccini and not Garfield.
I would not even eat the rice and chicken that I loved eating when I was feeling a bit sick.
Fortunately, they found a brand that I liked. One thing was for sure, my guardians have always given me the best food that money can buy, however, when I stopped eating.
I discovered that I did not like salmon and tomato made me want to vomit. I found that I liked a mix of dry dog food and wet dog food with 65% meat, no grains and 25% fruits and vegetables.
Later we can go into the meaning the percentages but let me reveal the foods that dogs should not eat.
Top 10 things dogs should not eat
Dogs will eat anything whether it’s on the floor or in a plate, but there are things that dogs should not eat. Here are the top 10 things:
Needless to say, if you see there is something wrong like vomiting and diarrhoea, it is better to take your dog to the vet for a check-up.
The things that dogs can eat
OK, now you ask what can dogs eat other than dry and wet dog food, hold on I’m getting to the dry and wet food bit. I have to tell you first what we can eat and what is good for us.
1. When in doubt ask your vet for advice.
2. We can have a special treat sometimes, but make sure it is cooked, unseasoned and not fatty with no bones like white rice or pasta with some boiled chicken, a healthy snack of carrot sticks, green beans, cucumber slices, or zucchini slices and some fruits. (OK only if your dog like it, I personally don’t. I won’t eat it) I like rice and chicken and apples.
3. I have also included a link for a cookbook “Canine Cuisine ebook” if you want to cook a health meal for your four legged family member.
As a bonus I have includes a free calorie counter to determine if Poggy needs for a diet.
I have breakfast and dinner with my Guardians. I eat when they eat and it makes me feel very special when I know I also get a meal that is specially prepared for me.
We should all have our meals at the same time every day, whether you have a puppy, a full-grown or a senior dog. Puppies should eat some small meals during the day, while the more mature guys like me should get one or two meals a day.
Again have a relationship with your vet to figure out the best type and portion of food for your dog.
The benefit of eating at the same time every day is that it makes it easier to predict when we need to do our business, especially trying to implement daily routines or when we were being house-trained. Later I will tell you how I was house-trained when we go through the daily routines.
I almost forgot, we also like some variations, how would you like to eat the same food day in and day out.
The next time we look at what to consider when choosing the best dog food on the market for small dogs and the best dog food on the market for large dogs, both the wet and dry kind.
It’s important to know what we can and cannot eat and at what times we should eat.