If you’ve ever had a dachshund, you know they are PIGS. Honestly. My little Taz will eat almost anything, and no matter how much we feed her, she acts like she’s starving. And I don’t mean she acts “hungry.” I mean she acts like she may perish at any moment if she doesn’t get something to eat immediately. It’s ridiculous. BUT, obviously I have to manage her food intake otherwise she’d be so fat she wouldn’t be able to walk! So it’s a constant battle – keeping Tazzie happy vs keeping Tazzie healthy. I decided to do some research on the best and worst foods for your pet to try to get a handle on what is best for her.
How Do You Know Which Food is Best?
I worry a lot about what food Taz should be eating. It’s so confusing with all the pet food brands out there. Which is better? Dry food? Canned food? And trying to learn which ingredients are good for her or bad for her – never knowing if the information I’m getting is true and accurate or just a sales pitch from a dog food company. It’s stressful because I want to make sure she’s getting what she needs and I certainly don’t want to give her anything that’s not 100% good for her.
Advice from a Veterinarian
I got a lot of help from this video by Dr. Karen Becker. She’s done a lot of training for people about pet food – you can look on YouTube for more of her videos where she gets into great detail about pet food quality, ingredients, etc., and you can also read more of her advice about pet foods HERE. But this video is a good one to start with, because it explains the differences between different types of food – it’s the best source I’ve seen thus far for finding out the best and worst foods for your pet. Dr. Becker also has a more recent video on this topic HERE.
You can buy the book mentioned in the video here. I bought it and started cooking for Taz. It’s kind of difficult – you have to really study the book to make sure you’re using all the right ingredients. She loves when I’m cooking liver, chicken hearts and gizzards…she even got a beef heart once.
Feed the Best Quality Pet Food You Can Afford
I read something about this once that has really helped me over the years with my pets, and that is, “You should be feeding your pet the best quality food that YOU can afford.” If you can afford top-of-the-line, great, but if you can only afford department store brands, then that’s OK. I think the most important thing is that we do the best WE can for our animals. Believe me, the fact that they have a home, are fed daily and have our love is the most important thing!
Please, if you know of any other sources of accurate information regarding which foods we should be feeding our pets for their best health, please let me know by leaving a comment below.
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