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Special Report: Finding the right dog food

A dog groomer recommends feeding dogs a diet high in protein. (Source: NBC12) A dog groomer recommends feeding dogs a diet high in protein. (Source: NBC12)
(KCBD) -

Dogs are so cute and cuddly and there's almost nothing some people wouldn't buy to make their new fur-baby happy.

The aisles of every grocery and pet store are full of products marketed specifically to the puppy market, but are foods specific to an animal’s breed or stage of life really necessary? 

According to Didi Tremblay, owner of Dogma Grooming & Pet needs in Carytown, the answer is no.

"I think it's a marketing tool," said Tremblay. "The percentages of calcium is present in all of the higher end foods."

Dogma carries a wide variety of high-end dog food. 

Tremblay's dog Binky is an 11-year-old Chihuahua. 

Instead of buying "senior" dog food, Binky eats a high protein diet, with one of her favorite meals being freeze-dried venison, mixed with distilled water. 

Tremblay believes it's important to check the ingredients and the first item on the list should always be some form of meat.

"Also, you want to avoid corn, wheat, soy, brewer's rice, and bi-products, such as animal fat and animal digests, that's going to be in your lower end foods," she said. "In nature, dogs would never eat corn or grains."

Her store also caters to dogs on the raw diet. Tremblay says some of those products include, "duck, goose, rabbit and venison, which is great for allergy-prone dogs, as well as surf and turf, with beef and fish."

Once you find a diet that your dog enjoys, stick to it and avoid high-calorie, high-carb treats. 

"Dogs are scent reward-minded, not portion size,” she said.  

They'd much rather have a small piece of liver than a Milkbone or biscuit, which is full of wheat and about 178 calories per biscuit.

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