Dog Food

A complete guide to dog food and treats: wet, dry, raw and cooked.

Dog food is a contentious topic among pet parents, and the subject of many a debate here on Dogster with good reason – we only want the best for our dogs. A healthy dog is a happy dog, and our dog food section is here to help you make informed decisions about the kibble you pick up at the store or the meals you prepare from scratch at home. Learn how to deal with a finicky eater, get advice on the steps to take if your dog weighs more than he should, and learn about common ingestible hazards and poisons.

Talk About Food

Switching to Senior Dog Food

As I understand it there isn't a big difference between adult and senior varieties except for some more glucosamine/chondrotin supplements and some other little differences. I would just keep him on whatever you've been feeding and perhaps add in some supplements if you feel it's needed. I figure if they are maintaining the same quality of health, why change the food? A good diet can be fed with any life style and age.

Kayla D., owner of a Golden Retriever mix

Rat Poison is a Danger to Dogs

Rat poison is a chemical called warfarin. It makes the blood very thin so that it can't clot. An animal usually dies from rat poison because it bleeds to death internally. So even if your dog is not showing external signs, it could still be bleeding to death inside. The treatment for warfarin poisoning can include vomiting, but often includes administration of a medicine that makes the blood thicker so that the internal bleeding stops. Only a vet can administer this lifesaving medication. So if you ever suspect that your dog ate rat poison, you should bring it to the vet immediately!

Michelle G., owner of a Italian Greyhound

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