What’s the Healthiest Dog Food?

Veterinary practitioners are regularly asked by dog owners – “Which is the best food to give my dog?”, and indeed it is a very valid question, as pet owners want to be sure that they are giving their four-legged friend the very best. It is well known that a dog’s good health relies upon being fed a nutritious diet, and therefore choosing a food that is especially formulated for optimal health is much more important than any other consideration, be it convenience or price.

It is important to remember that the information contained in this article refers solely to dogs that are in good health and which are not suffering from any abnormal condition such as a thyroid or kidney problem or food allergy and that the ideas expressed here are simply my opinion as there can be no single definitive answer to the question “which is the best dog food?”

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There is, however, one major factor which sets a balanced and complete dog food apart from a poor quality one, and that is the use of corn as a base product. If corn appears at the top of the list of ingredients found on the dog food label, it is unlikely to provide as high a level of nutrition for your pet as a dog food that lists a meat or poultry source such as chicken, lamb or beef as its primary ingredient.

It is important to be aware that there is a big difference between a meat-based diet and an all-meat diet. While an all-meat diet should be avoided in the long term for dogs, since meat is very low in calcium and high in phosphorus, a diet that is based on meat is ideal for your furry friend. A food that is based on grain does not make any nutritional sense when fed to a dog or a cat and can cause a host of medical problems such as greasy, flaky or dry skin or a coarse coat.

I therefore think it is vital for dog owners to pay close attention to the information contained on the label of the dog food packaging. The first thing to check is whether meat or poultry is at the top of the ingredients list. You should also check to make sure that there is a protein level of at least 30% and a fat content of at least 18%. You should also look out for a dog food which contains other ingredients like Vitamin E and Omega Fatty Acids as these are even more nutritious, however you should avoid any product which contains food colorings. Choose a product that meets these criteria and you can be confident that you are giving the absolute best diet to your beloved pet.

How to Prepare Your Pet for a Photo Shoot


Preparing a pet for a photo shoot includes some basic preparation to ensure the animal looks and feels their best. The following are some steps one can take to prepare their pet for the big day.


Basic Grooming and Preparation

A nail trim is very important and should be completed a couple of days before the shoot. Bathing the night before the shoot is very important and care should be taken that the pet is not allowed to get into a situation where they may get dirty again before photo time. If the pet will be wearing any accessories like a special collar, be sure the prepare these the night before the shoot to prevent any frantic searching. It’s also important for the pet owner to pick a comfortable outfit to wear for the shoot to prevent overheating under the hot photo lights. Be both the pet and owner should get a good night of rest.


Most pets will not sit still for a photo shoot without some training. It’s important to use a treat that the pet really enjoys and work diligently on sit-stay commands to ensure they will be prepared for the commands during the photo shoot. Work on training should begin at least a few weeks before the shoot.

What to Have at the Shoot

The pet owner should prepare a bag for the shoot the night before. It’s important to have everything that might be needed on hand to be sure the photos turn out well. Some of the important items to have are a variety of treats to prevent the pet from becoming bored. It can be a great idea to bring some human food favorites like meat, cheese and peanut butter treats. Bring along some favorites along with a new variety to keep interest throughout the shoot. It’s also important to have pet friendly wipes or a washcloth in case the pet gets dirty before the shoot. A pet brush is also important for the long haired pet. The last essential item is a water dish and bottles of water to quench thirst.

It’s natural for a pet owner to be somewhat nervous before a pet photo shoot. Pets can be unpredictable and the stress of a photo shoot can cause inexperienced pets to misbehave. A little preparation before the shoot will go a long way in helping everything to run smoothly. Once a pet becomes experienced with photo shoots, the may have a career of pet modeling ahead.