There are a number of pet food options readily available to pet parents including fresh, kibble and raw. What are these different types and which ones are right for your pet's health and your life.
When first switching to a fresh dog food, most owners will notice that their dog is more excited about eating. This can translate into an increase in energy level throughout the day. Such diets tend to be lower in fiber, and you'll see that a lot of nutrients are actually digested and utilized, resulting in smaller stools.
If your dog is still having loose stools after the first week on NomNomNow, but otherwise acting fine, you may consider adding a probiotic to your dog's diet. Probiotics are strains of live bacteria that assist in normal digestive function and help the overall immune system within the gastrointestinal tract.
A raw dog food diet (as opposed to a cooked dog food diet) is made of ingredients that are uncooked. Typically they are high-meat diets, but this may include toxin-housing organ meats, or leftover parts of the carcass after the rest of the cuts of meat have been removed.
Understanding a bit about how kibble is made is helpful in assessing whether or not it is something you want your dog to be eating. To produce kibble, a mixture of carbs, plant or animal protein, and fats of various quality (and unspecified sources) are mixed into a paste.
When it comes right down to it, it isn't the act of giving treats that encourages us to do it, but the reactions from our pets that make it all worthwhile. In 2008, veterinary nutritionists in both the United States and Australia discovered via survey that 41% of dogs & 21% of cats received treats daily.