The worst thing a salesman could say about a dog food is: “your dog will love it!”

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If your dog loves it’s food, chances are it’ll eat too much of it and seem hungry all the time.

I see a lot of fat dogs and I get this conversation alot:

Them:  Is it OK if I put a little bit of wet food in my dogs dry food?
Me: Why would you put wet food in his dry food?
Them: To get him to eat!
Me: Why? Is he all skinny and losing weight?
Them: No, he looks normal.
Me: Then why would you coax him to eat and go over that normal body weight? If you get him to take food when he is not actually hungry, he is just going to put on weight and wear out his hips and knees earlier.

If I could get my customers to let their dogs eat what they need, and not what they want, I would die a happy man.

Every time I euthanize an old dog because he’s broken down in the hips and back, I think of my own pet’s mortality. So I want to delay putting YOUR dog down as long as I humanely can. And that’s with healthy mouths and low body weights.

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Dr Erik Johnson

Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.