It’s often difficult to figure out what to feed your dog so that he’s as healthy as he should be. What kind of food should you buy? What are the benefits of homemade food? How many calories should he have per day? When does your dog officially become a “senior” and how does aging affect his daily food requirements?
Of course, it’s important to talk to your vet about your dog’s nutrition and overall health. Educate yourself by spending time researching a variety of sources to help you determine specific questions for your vet, and learn how to read nutrition labels. To help you get started, consider checking out these books located in the Pets Neighborhood.
ASPCA Complete Dog Care Manual by Bruce Fogle. Review the Correct Feeding section for an easy-to-understand brief overview of a balanced diet.
Feed Your Pet Right by Marion Nestle and Malden C. Nesheim. This book is for both dog and cat owners. The authors encourage the pet owner to decide what’s best for his pet to eat. Lots of research provided here, with a section on alternatives to commercial pet food including raw diets and home cooking for your pets.
8 Weeks to a Healthy Dog by Shawn Messonnier promotes a holistic/integrative approach to pet health and explains how this concept differs from conventional medicine. Appendix I includes an explanation of pet food labels and that manufacturers are allowed to “trick” the consumer when listing ingredients. Did you think the first ingredient is the primary ingredient? That may not be true. Messonnier provides an explanation by using examples of nutrition labels.
The Senior Dog by Heike Schmidt-Roger and Susanne Blank. As your dog ages, you may need to adjust his diet based on energy demands or he may need special food due to illness. Lots of helpful info here covering other topics such as routine care and what you need to know if you adopt an older dog.
These are just a few titles focusing on nutrition for dogs. The library also has numerous books about specific dog breeds that usually have chapters devoted to proper feeding. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, be sure to ask at the reference desk and we’ll be happy to help you find that perfect book.