I can’t be the only person who is so completely confused about what to feed my dog. Am I? I just find a lot of conflicting information out there. It’s really hard to sift through it all to find the real science. There are also a lot of conflicting opinions about what is best for a healthy canine. I don’t want to start any arguments but I do want to know more.
I will be brave and just put it right out there. We feed kibble out of a bag.
We’re terribly lazy owners, I know. In the past I have considered switching to raw but it’s expensive. One also needs a lot of storage space. We don’t even have a deep freeze. Also, most of the time I am too tired to cook for myself. I really don’t think it’s in me to cook meals for my dog every single day. It’s a good thing I don’t have kids! They would have to exist on breakfast cereal as there is no human kibble equivalent. (Hmmmm, new business idea?) There are a few people in my acquaintance who would judge us for our choices so I don’t tend to broadcast them into the world. I have listened to a lot of broad generalisations about how home-cooked is the only way and everyone else is slowly killing their dogs. This must be true as my childhood dog ate kibble for seventeen years before she died.
The thing is, kibble works for us. Shiva will eat anything, obviously, and I like how easy it is. We use kibble for treats and for training on walks. It’s so handy and multi-purpose. Someone knocks on the door and I can dive for the bin. In many situations I don’t exactly have time to start boiling some chicken. Nor am I smart enough to prepare everything in advance.
However, even after deciding to feed from a bag, it doesn’t get any less confusing. There is a lot on the market. Dog food companies don’t make it easy to sort through it all to find “the best” variety. I am so tired of seeing that Blue Buffalo commercial where it looks as if the actors are in some sort of cheap dog food support group. The one woman says the word “corn” like I would say “low-fat cheese.” I know corn isn’t the awesomest filler in the world and many dogs have allergies. But, I am not so positive it is as horrible for dogs as some would like us to believe. This is my issue. Dog nutrition seems to be a very new science. It is so hard to determine what is actually best for our pets.
Honestly, I would much rather a dog eat crappy no-name brand food than nothing at all. All the judgment out there puts me on edge immediately. It is really no one’s business. I think most people want to feed something that is healthy, affordable, and tasty. It should be a lot easier to understand how to do so.
Besides, I could give Shiva the most elite, most expensive brand on the shelves, shipped from Sweden with micro-beads of pure life-extending essence, and she will still wolf down the first cheeseburger wrapper she finds on the ground. It seems a little silly sometimes. It may not be true for all dogs, but mine is a scavenger at heart. On our walk this morning I must have said “leave it” over thirty-two times. She listened to about a quarter of them. Does it really matter what she eats at home?
I try to make good choices. I look at the listed ingredients and I compare brands. Price doesn’t always play a role. I try to be smart; I try to look for food with more vegetables and less fillers. We switch it up a lot. That may or may not be a good thing. Right now she is eating a locally produced brand made up of salmon and oats. She seems to like it. I like the small-sized pieces and how it keeps her coat shiny. Maybe that is enough.