This tip is part of our resource guide, How To Make Healthy Food Choices For Your Dog, a comprehensive document which covers the following topics: (1) How to select the right foods to purchase and avoid the ones that are not healthy; (2) The foods and ingredients to absolutely avoid; (3) How to scrutinize the ingredients in the food you give your dog; (4) How to do an apples to apples comparison between dog food products to see which ones are healthier; (5) How to choose quality protein sources; (6) …and more. This Resource Guide is in PDF format.

Avoid products whose ingredients and production are not from the U.S. or Canada. Of course there are many exceptions, such as if you add Turmeric to your dog’s diet, which comes primarily from India. We are talking more about main food sources—meats, especially. We have written a complete section later in this resource guide dedicated to meat quality.

Make sure they are sourced from the U.S. or Canada. We see products with meats from New Zealand or South American and they look like good ingredients. But there are plenty of meat sources in the U.S. and Canada that are equally as good and we don’t need to be increasing our carbon footprint to get products to us.

Further, buying food products from halfway around the world significantly increases the spoilage factor, which at a micro-level is virtually unnoticeable, but yet is very harmful, not just consuming it, but also just breathing in the smell of the food when you r