Early #tucklifetuesday post because it’s been so long since I’ve hit on the importance of dog fitness.
I’ve always fed my dogs commercial dog food, and always kibble. Say what you want about Hill’s Science Diet but I work at a vet and it’s always worked for these guys and our family dogs before them. Once Ranger was a year I switched them to Hill’s j/d prescription diet (joint health food = packed with so much fish oil it literally makes them smell like fish). They both did really well for a long time on it, but I figured I’d switch it up for a food that was better suited for dental health (Ranger has awful genetics - his teeth started developing a ton of plaque when he was maybe a year and a half). Not long after I switched their food did I notice both of them had gained some weight and their hair coat wasn’t quite as shiny. Nothing had changed besides their food and I typically feed on the low end of the spectrum because that’s where their daily k-cals fall. Anyway, I switched back to the j/d food (I brush their teeth in lieu of dental food) about a month ago and they’re back to looking as sveldt and shiny as ever. Joint health and having dogs that are a healthy weight is priority over dental health. The moral of this really long and possibly pointless story is - not all food is suited for every single dog. I suppose one can pick and choose which aspects are most important to them. I won’t feed raw (I hear all the time about all the health benefits that come from feeding raw but it literally comes down to the fact that I won’t touch raw meat even when cooking for myself - not gonna do it for them either), so I choose joint health as the most important. If you have a small dog, you might choose dental health. A dog with allergies will need skin health to be priority. Every dog has different needs and it’s about finding what works best for them and for you.