Your dog is eating too much
No matter what type of food you feed your dog, the most important thing is that you not feed it too much. “Obesity levels in pets are skyrocketing—one out of every two dogs and cats is overweight/obese. This leads to diabetes, arthritis, respiratory/cardiac problems, and cancer,” says Heather Loenser, DVM, staff veterinary advisor for the American Animal Hospital Association and practicing veterinarian in Bridgewater, New Jersey,
“Natural” is loosely defined
Just like with human food, many of the words used on the label to describe pet food don’t have official definitions and are there purely to make it seem like a healthier choice. So that “natural” dog food may be no closer to nature than the one sitting next to it on the shelf, no matter what the label says. “The term ‘natural’ is a liberal term that includes more ingredients than it doesn’t,” Loenser says. Here are the human foods dogs should never eat, some of which happen to be very natural.
Organic food may be worth the extra cost
“Certified organic” and “certified non-GMO” are reliable labels, says W. Jean Dodds, DVM, a clinical and research scientist, with more than 50 years of veterinary experience. However, as Loenser notes, “The USDA does not consider organic foods to be safer, healthier or more nutritious than conventionally-produced foods and there isn’t data to support that organic food has long-term benefits over conventionally produced ingredients.”