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How to answer, “What do you feed your dog?”

How to answer, “What do you feed your dog?”

At recent pet expo in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, I overheard this question being asked again and again. Most commonly, the answers consisted of a single brand (“Oh, I use Taste of the Wild.”) or a protein/carbohydrate combination (“She’s on salmon and peas.”). The vendor would then respond with an alternative, yet equally rigid, option. Lamb and Rice. Science Diet. Same and same. Every day. Long ago we simplified dog nutrition to pre-formulated foods that we buy over the entire life of our pet. Who really benefits from this strategy is obvious. However, I think lots of owners are honestly intimidated by choice (raw or...

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