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Thank you both for your thoughtful replies. I completely agree that it is good to do your own research and question the advice provided.

My dog has had tummy issues since he was a young pup. We tried all types of food: wet, kibble (both cold pressed and Royal Canine sensitive stomach as advised by our vet) and homemade. Some were better than others but his tummy was not 100%. We tried raw and his tummy issues disappeared very quickly and he consistently had solid poos. I never thought I would be so happy about my dog's poos! Lol. I am not an advocate of raw but it works for my dog and he is doing so well.

I have recently become very fascinated by dog nutrition. I had no idea it was such a debated topic until recently.

I was on on the r/dogs subreddit. There was a discussion on dog food that became quite heated. It seems that most people on that forum are huge advocates of the WSAVA dog food guidelines. The WSAVA approved dog foods are from brands such as Purina, Hill's Science, Royal Canine, Eukanuba and Iams. Purina Pro Plan is a favourite amongst the WSAVA supporters, which has a rating of 46% (Large Athletic Adult Optimum) on this website.

I did more research on the guidelines. I was also a bit curious why the large dog food manufacturers are the only ones approved by the WSAVA. It turns out these companies sponsor WSAVA. Also, the guidelines seem to favour large companies as one of their criteria is that you need to employ a qualified nutritionist with a PhD.  Smaller companies cannot afford to hire one full-time, but may heavily consult with an external nutritionist, but this would disqualify them.

After going down this rabbit hole, I became more confused. Personally, I feed my dog raw. The ingredients are simple, natural, unprocessed and the brand I purchase is deemed "complete". However, according to the WSAVA this is not recommended and could be potentially be harmful to my dog. I wouldn't eat heavily processed food, so why should my dog? I am not a scientist nor a vet nutritionist, so am I over simplifying it?

I'd like others thoughts, especially those who are professionals in this area. Thanks!


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