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Choosing what to feed your canine friend can be a complex decision. Many people have different opinions about this topic, but as Vancouver’s top animal hospital, Anderson Animal Hospital wants to give you a few things to keep in mind when choosing the type of pet food for your dog.

Prioritize Nutritional Needs

Your dog’s longevity and quality of life is affected by what they eat! While we may want to treat our dogs to foods that are promoted to be super tasty, they may not be providing your pet with the nutrients they need. This is often the cause of obesity, which is common in dogs.

Seek Professional Opinions

Many pet foods advertise themselves at “all natural”, which can be subjective. When you have so many options between natural and commercial pet food, it may help to go to a professional veterinarian for advice. It’s important to see a professional that you can trust, and to also do your own research to determine the right type of food for your dog. Dr. Anderson at Anderson Animal Hospital has been treating all dogs for years and has a wealth of knowledge on the nutritional needs of your pet.

Consider Food Allergies

The most common reason for itchy skin in dogs is food allergies. Ingredients that typically cause allergies can be chicken, beef, lamb, corn, soy, wheat, eggs, and dairy products, whether they are raw or cooked. If your pet is experiencing itchy skin, try looking for dog food that does not include the above ingredients, and is packed with vitamins and fatty acids.

If you’d like more advice about how to choose the right pet food for your dog, contact Dr. Anderson at Anderson Animal Hospital in Vancouver today! Give us a call at (604) 263-6767.