The ideal food is a nutritionally balanced non processed (raw) home made diet. This gives you the ability to address the quality issues of the meats and vegetables. Grass fed meat and localy grown vegetables are the best. Some supplementation may be necessary, trace
elements like, magnesium, copper, zinc, iron have been leached out of the soil by years of unsustainable farming. Essential fatty acids and vitamins E and D need to be checked as well. All of these ingredients make it easy to address the issues of food allergies and skin out breaks. This meal plan requires dedication, time and money.
There are commercial raw foods but some are not as good as others. Do your homework and research the companies. When changing your pets food do it slowly 2/3 old food 1/3 new and slowly change the ratio. All of this can become daunting when all your trying to do is provide Fluffy with a quick balance meal. Over my 30 years in the industry I have come to the conclusion that there is no one diet that is going to suite everyone or their dog. I prefer when it comes to feeding Mycroft I aim to give him 1 or 2 fresh raw meat meals a week the rest of the time I use a cooked fresh meal consisting of chicken or beef and an assortment of fresh vegetables that I get from my local farm stand. I prefer Yams to potatoes. But I use what ever is available. I supplement this with Fromm Off the Prairie. I personally prefer a grain free limited ingredient dry dog food. Mycroft had food sensitives when he was young and I find this works well for him.
What we fed our pets in the past was a predominantly commercial pet food. Originally these were based with corn, wheat and rice, this has recently been shown to contributed to an alarming amount of cancer inflicted, diabetic, fat animals. With the subsequent Public outcry the industry turned to grain free dry food, but this could also result in inappropriate levels of high glycaemic starch, that is potatoes, pea flour, lentils. This species inappropriate carbohydrate dense meal, can result in G.I. inflammation and irritation and with extended exposure this can leave your pet predisposed to degenerative disease.
Dog Food there is as many opinions on the food question as there is self proclaimed experts on the matter.
The ancestral diet of a dog includes lots of seasonal variety, due to availability. Consuming fresh living and whole foods. Moisture dense, high protein, mineral dense, moderate in high quality fats and low carbohydrates. Plant matter accounts for about 30% of the diet. Unprocessed all organic, free range, non G.M.O. (genetically modified Organism) , fresh food diet.
Isn't this what we should all strive for.
I feel we can all get carried away in the moment when feeding our pets. I believe everything in moderation and variety is the spice of life.Feeding your dog the best you can, that fits your life style and budget, is the optimum aim. Try to get them off, over processed, poor quality food that over the years we have been led to believe is the appropriate food for them. I am sure your groomer will see a difference in their coats and you will see a difference in your four footed buddy.