No matter which food and/or supplements/vitamins you choose to feed your dog, your primary information should be coming from your DVM. In recent years, many pundits have argued that veterinarians are not experts when it comes to the subject of nutrition. Simply put, this is not true. DVM’s no longer face such baseless challenges; in fact nutrition is quite a popular major for aspiring DVM’s across the country, from UC Davis to Cornell, from WSU/Pullman to Kansas State/Manhattan and more. Fortunately owners are more aware that seeking the expertise of a DVM is crucial when it comes to providing their dog with the proper nutrition.
For example: Ask yourself the following: are you a competent diagnostician? Can you recognize and treat food based allergies? Can you tell which foods cause allergic reactions in dogs? Can you recognize skin inflammations as they relate to nutrition? Are you aware that changing a dog’s food immediately can be fatal? In extreme heat, can you identify dehydration and treat it with water and food? Did you know that baker’s chocolate can cause cardiac arrest and other fatal conditions?
Can you identify any medical condition requiring a prescription diet? These foods are available only from a DVM. Also today, these diets are far more palatable than they used to be. After doing some investigating on Island, Best Friend’s Veterinary Center carries a good variety.
Armed with the DVM’s information you can now go to the pet store with confidence; saving both time and money.