4. How to make sure your dog eats well
Why bad food is a problem: We know it’s tempting to let Duke eat a hamburger or hot dog that fell on the ground, but it’s important to keep your dog on his regular diet so you don’t mess with his digestion or cause him to gain weight. Just as extra pounds aren’t healthy for you, they’re not good for your dog either. Never give your dog corn on the cob, for example—dogs can’t digest the cobs, Kim says.
Solution: Keep your dog healthy by feeding him a healthy diet—and don’t feed him “people food.” Wash your hands whenever you handle dog food, too, as dogs can also be susceptible to foodborne illnesses like salmonella and E. coli.
And if regular old kibble doesn’t seem to work for your dog, consider a food delivery service, like The Farmer’s Dog, which delivers fresh, natural pet food to your doorstep through a customized food plan designed to suit his size, needs, and preferences. Pricing varies based on the dog and the amount of food the dog needs, but starts at $11 a week for a small dog with two meals a day. Another good choice is I and Love and You—its dry food, wet food, and chewy treats are grain-free, use real meat, and have no artificial products. (A Naked Essentials Kibble Chicken + Duck 4lb. bag costs $11.99 on Amazon.)
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