If your dog has sensitive skin and you are trying to avoid dyes, fragrances, and common chemicals that can often trigger an allergic reaction, you could be interested in a hypoallergenic shampoo. Technically the term “hypoallergenic” doesn’t have a legal meaning. Neither ordinary shampoos nor hypoallergenic shampoos are regulated. (Some shampoos that claim to treat…
Terms like “super premium” are really just marketing terms, though you may find it convenient to lump together certain kinds of dog foods in this category. These foods are usually more expensive and sometimes will have better ingredients – but not always.
In fact, the dog food market is currently saturated with “super premium” dog foods and the term has lost much of its meaning, leaving dog food companies looking for other ways to try to prove that their foods are better than their competitors’ foods.
Grain free dog foods are currently very popular with many dog owners. Indeed, there are many very good grain free dog foods and we are not discouraging anyone from feeding a good food that agrees with your dog. However, we do object to any notion that only grain free dog foods can be healthy for dogs or that foods that contain some grains are bad for dogs. Complete and balanced foods without nutrient excesses or deficiencies are what your dog needs, whether that comes in a grain free dog food or not.
Protein is such an important subject for dog owners. People discussing dog food often wage battle about how much and what kind of protein dogs need. We generally like high protein diets for dogs, or at least higher protein than dog foods used to provide. And we like good meat sources for that protein instead of plant sources. But even after stating these preferences, there is a wide range of dog foods today that fall under the “high protein” label. Some are much better than others.
Possibly one of the cutest of all dogs, the Yorkipoo is a cross between the Yorkshire Terrier and a Poodle (Toy Poodle or Miniature Poodle). Yorkipoos are usually a good cross of Yorkie bravery and Poodle brains. They can be confident, smart, friendly, loving, and playful little dogs. They are usually not hard to train. Expect a Yorkipoo to be 6 to 15 inches tall; and weigh between 4 and 14 pounds. Their coat is smooth, silky, and wavy. Some Yorkipoos are non-shedding and make a good pet for people who are allergic to dogs. Yorkipoos usually make good apartment dogs – although they do tend to bark when a stranger knocks.
Wheat has long been ranked as one of the most common dog food allergens. For many years it was a common ingredient in all dog foods. It was so common that many dogs developed allergies to it. Although it’s a grain, it has been used as a plant source of protein, the same way that…
Easily recognizable by their black and tan color and muscular physique, the Rottweiler is one of the most popular breeds in the United States.
There are many foods that use cheaper, less nutritious ingredients, fillers, and even ingredients that sound good but which don’t really provide much nutrition for your dog. Even the most expensive dog foods aren’t guaranteed to be the best food for your Cockapoo. You need to know which ingredients are beneficial and which foods your dog needs.
Despite their long, low appearance, Basset Hounds are actually rather large dogs. They can weigh up to 65 pounds. They aren’t the most active dogs but they do need regular exercise. Learn what foods to feed a Basset Hound below.
Possibly one of the cutest of all dog breeds (their owners certainly think so), Pomeranians were once used as sled dogs in the northern sections of Germany and Poland. At that time these spitz-type dogs were much larger. By the 18th century the British royal family had become fond of the dogs. Over the next…
Every dog needs such dietary basics as protein, fat, and carbohydrates, and Siberians are no exception. According to the National Academies’ National Research Council (NRC) and other groups that study canine nutrition, protein, fat, and carbohydrates all provide sources of energy for your dog.
Healthy adult Australian Shepherd dogs that are not doing hard exercise usually need a dog food that has a fat percentage that is about half of the food’s protein percentage. For example, if your dog’s food has a protein percentage of 26 percent, a fat percentage of about 13 percent would be appropriate. On the other hand, if your Australian Shepherd is working, herding or training for agility, he could need a performance dog food that has higher protein and fat percentages.