When it comes to the health benefits of diet and diet supplements, the American Academy of Dermatology has a clear stance.
The group says dogs should not be treated as “babies” and that a dog with any kind of medical condition should not eat any of the foods.
“It’s very, very important for us to be clear about what a dog should eat,” said Dr. Robert Kober, chief medical officer of the AAD.
“The bottom line is that dogs should have a full diet, not just for health reasons, but for the health of the body as well.”
There are two main types of diet that dogs need: a “skinny” diet or a “healthy” diet.
The American Academy says the following are good choices: “skin-on” diets (such as the American Kennel Club’s “skin on” or the Canadian Kennel Clubs “skin up”) are the safest options for dogs, because they are generally well tolerated and will not affect health.
“Skin-on diets” are also often used by people who do not have children to help their pets digest their food.
“Healthy diets” include both a diet rich in essential fatty acids, such as fish oils, and a diet low in saturated fat, such “low-fat” or “low carb” diets.
“Lifestyle and nutritional management” should also be considered when deciding whether to feed a dog a particular food, and “skin or diet” is one of the most important areas.
“We don’t recommend feeding any dog a specific food, but we do recommend getting a full, balanced diet,” said Kober.
“That’s one of our main recommendations.”
Dogs can be prescribed diet pills to help them get enough of certain nutrients, such it calcium or vitamin D. For more on the best diet for your dog, visit the American Association of Veterinary Medical Specialists website.
But the AAVMA says “skin” diets are not recommended because “skin conditions are so common in dogs that it is difficult to know whether a diet is safe or not.”
The American Dietetic Association also says that dogs may need to be treated more carefully when eating food with a high sodium content, such that it causes diarrhea, vomiting, or gas.
The AAVAMA has a website that lists the most common symptoms of vomiting and gas in dogs, as well as some tips for getting your dog to eat more of its food.
A diet high in fiber may help a dog shed weight and get in shape, but it may also increase the risk of a variety of other conditions.
For example, if your dog has a problem with vomiting, your veterinarian may recommend adding a high fiber diet to help decrease the amount of food in your dog’s stomach.
Kober says it’s important for owners to discuss their dog’s eating habits with their veterinarian.
“Some dogs can have very restrictive diets that don’t allow them to eat any foods that are not a good source of fiber,” he said.
“And sometimes it’s not necessary to have an eating disorder diagnosis to get your dog treatment.”