b&w and red dog bowlYou want to give your Morkie the best dog food you can, but how to decide, with literally thousands of choices in commercial dog food?

An invaluable resource is the website DogFoodAdvisor.com. Founder and editor Mark Sagman has made it his mission to help you make an informed decision when buying dog food. Since 2008, Mark and his team have reviewed almost 5,000 products.

Mark was moved to start the site when he and his family lost their beloved rescue dog, Penny, in the massive 2007 pet food recalls. You might remember, there were tens of thousands of pet deaths, mostly due to poisonous fillers in the food. Fillers like melamine – yes, the same stuff that is used to make kitchen counters. Read more on Wikipedia.

Here’s Mark’s basic advice about the best dog food:

Don’t pick dog food
that’s advertised on TV.

Pretty simple way to start your search for the best dog food. It’s based on the fact that many commercial dog foods are well known. But their popularity has nothing at all to do with their nutritional value. Popular brands like Purina, Alpo, Beneful, Hills Science diet and Pedigree dog foods all earn just 1 star out of 5 on dogfoodadvisor.com

Why? From harmful additives to mystery ingredients, these foods are made up of cheap fillers (corn, soybeans) that your dog can’t digest properly, or doesn’t need. They have “animal fat” from unidentified sources, such as dead, dying and diseased livestock and even euthanized pets!  And they’re processed at such high temperatures that much of the nutritional value has been cooked out.

Get alerts of dog food recalls

At dogfoodadvisor.com you can sign up for free dog food recall alerts. No cost and no obligation. Even quality foods can run into problems from time to time with batches of food that’s contaminated so these alerts are well worth getting.

Rethinking Nylabone

In a recent post, I wrote about the dangers of rawhide sticks. They can be a choking hazard and are manufactured with a lot of toxic chemicals.

I recommended alternatives, including a good quality nylon bone such as Nylabone. However, thanks to the DogFoodAdvisor.com website, I learned that even Nylabones can be recalled.

In April 2015, the Nylabone puppy starter kit was recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Plus, if your Morkie can chew any bits of the Nylabone off, he could easily swallow these tiny plastic pieces, causing serious digestive problems.