How To Find Affordable, Healthy Dog Food. Watch Healthy & unhealthy list


There are a couple of things to look for when choosing a dog food. The most important one to me is the AAFCO statement.

AAFCO stands for American Association of Feed Control Officials. The statement is mandatory for every bag of pet food on the market. There are two basic statements that a food can have –- one is that the food meets the nutritional requirements, and the other is that animal feeding tests have been performed to demonstrate that the food meets the nutritional requirements.

If feeding tests or feeding trials have been performed this means the food was fed to dogs (or cats) and that the animals were evaluated to

make sure they did

not develop any deficiencies. With the other method the food is only analyzed in the lab.

The statement is usually in very small print and is located on the bag near the ingredients. Once I have confirmed this statement, I look at

the ingredients list. The ingredients are listed in descending order based on the amount in the food. There is not one single food that is best for all dogs, so sometimes you have to try a few to see which one works well for the dog, does not cause any

intestinal problems or allergies, and is not too trying on the family budget.

Party Foods That are Safe For Your Dog

Remember, keep everything in moderation in regard to your dog’s weight to prevent bloating, vomiting or diarrhea.

  • A teeny amount of a plain hot dog (cut up)
  • Plain grilled hamburger
  • A tiny amount of chips (no more than a few)
  • Boiled, boneless, skinless chicken or turkey
  • Cooked plain white rice
  • Cooked eggs
  • Plain or whole wheat pasta
  • Celery with peanut butter
  • Carrots
  • Banana, strawberries or apple slices

These Foods are a Big NO

  • Meats lathered in sauce — this means no wings, no sausage and no seasoned hamburgers
  • NO bacon (sorry.)
  • Bones – From hot wings, ribs or chicken
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate, cupcakes or candy
  • Onions and garlic
  • Avocado or guacamole
  • Salsa or chili (think of the spices!)
  • No cheese, no pizza (your dog’s stomach can’t process cheese)
  • Sandwiches (the processed meat will wreck his diet)
  • Potato salad
  • Ice cream
  • Nuts