Features May 2011 Issue

An Education in Specialty Dog Foods

The largest pet food companies seem to offer the largest number and variety of foods, too. Unfortunately, it takes a bit of studying to determine what (if anything) is genuinely unique about each product.

An Education in Specialty Dog Foods

Which of the “specialty” foods really offer anything different or beneficial for your dog?

It’s a very tempting concept – that a perfect food for every dog exists out there, somewhere. It must be tempting, because the pet food manufacturers keep increasing the number of products they formulate and market toward the owners of dogs of a progressively narrow description. Seriously – there are foods labeled for large breed seniors, and indoor toy puppies. There are foods that are supposedly just right for Spaniels, for goodness’ sakes! Decades ago, there was just dog food; eventually, versions of commercial foods for puppies were introduced to the market with great success – perhaps because of the introduction of commercial baby foods in the same historical period!

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