Find the Best Dog Breed and Dog Food Reference Charts

 Choosing both a  new dog and the dog food that fits your new dog and your pocketbook are big decisions.  FindTheBest is a valuable resource for selecting the best type of dog for any living situation and any personality type.  FindTheBest is a great reference for information on 193 different breeds comparing dog temperament and breed standards as well as physical features like size, coat and color.
 This reference presents the facts in easy to use tables and allows for side-by-side comparisons of different breeds and consumer products so that you can find the best.
 This is a great reference for researching everything from the best dog breeds to the best dry dog food before purchasing, and for anyone to make a quick and informed decision.
Grayson Nance is a recent graduate of UCSB and now works with FindTheBest where you can compare anything from cat breeds to the best espresso machines.   
  This reference is a great example of how quality dog foods are becoming more popular. However I don’t see my favorites: Taste of the Wild:Salmon and Sweet Potato, Royal Canin:Duck and Potato, Halo Products, and Natural Balance: Many hypoallergenic ingredients.
However this digital chart is an example of  how much dog food ingredients are changing . Categories include grain free , organic, and  no preservatives. The commercial dog food industry is responding to dog owners that want to feed their pets a healthier mix of ingredients. Dog foods now have better meats, veggies, and fruit instead of carcasses, meat by-products, and grain. 
50% of my day is spent treating the result of feeding poor quality dog food or owners not realizing that individual dogs can’t tolerate certain food ingredients.  
Some dogs require extra healthy oils or added human food ingredients to some commercial food to make up for the lack of healthful whole foods. Even though the food says”complete and balanced” some dogs need more fat and oils, less carbs, or more moisture in the food. In Dog Dish Diet , I talk about the history of dog food and ways you can help your dog eat a mix of commercial, human food, raw food, and homemade food for better health.
Canned food, slow cooking meat and veggies, feeding raw meaty bones or chicken wings, and  feeding raw food may be a better choice than any dry food for those dogs suffering from medical problems. 


The Way We Used to Feed Our Dogs

I received the following email from Bernese Mountain Dog owners that talks about how feeding practices have changed over the years. In Dog Dish Diet, I advise owners to feed a variety of healthful ingredients in addition to a good dog food. Some dogs thrive on good quality kibble, canned food, raw food, or homemade food. Each dog is different and some need better or different ingredients in the food. Some dogs really feel better on moister, hypoallergenic ingredients or higher amounts of proteins and oils in the daily diet. I personally cook for my dogs and occasionally feed them canned food(Halo Products or Duck and Potato). I also feed them healthy human food and raw chicken wings and thighs to help keep their teeth clean and provide good nutrients for the joints.

That’s what the Dog Dish Diet is about: Feeding a variety of healthful foods!

The second edition is now available on and as a kindle eBook!


Dear Dr. Greg,
My husband and I were showing at the Gavalin KC Dog show a while ago and bought your book. Over the 52 years we have been married and had dogs I have fed kibble, raw food, cooked, and a mixture of things etc. Thirty plus years ago we got our first Bernese Mountain Dog. I have struggled over all those years to find just the right thing to feed and supplement with. Ever hopeful, I started reading your book in the car on our way home to Carmel Valley and finished it that night. Wow! It took me straight back to the early 1950′s. My mother used to cook a stew of horse meat( yuck, I thought as I looked at my favorite steed and sighed at the fragrance of the barn, the hay, the horses and even the manure) and veggies from our garden plus anything else she could think of. Our dogs thrived! How had I come so far and forgotten those days?

Your wisdom has jerked me back and a large crock pot is on my ‘to buy’ list this week. I can hardy wait to get started on the Dog Dish Diet. We have four Bernese( from 3 to 11 yrs. old) so it won’t be a small undertaking. 

Thanks for the book and all for all your shared information gathered over the years. 


Chris House 

Carmel Valley, CA

Back and Neck Pain in Dogs

Dogs are very commonly affected by back and neck problems, just like you and I. These problems can come on suddenly and really be painful. Dogs will often be reluctant to jump up, go up stairs, or will cry when lifted. A back or neck problem may make your dog shiver or shake and act “puny” or miserable. Pain often makes dogs refuse to eat.

Painful disc problems in the neck may cause limping in the front legs, and a disc problem in the rest of the spine may cause rear leg problems. If your dog becomes paralyzed and can’t move their front or hind legs, seek help immediately!

Aspirin may help mild neck or back pain. Check out the aspirin dosages at 11 Practical Home Remedies.( To the right of this article!) If you Dog has any symptoms of arthritis: pain or limping that gets worse or really painful. Please get them checked out! Fish oil pills, glucosamine chondroitin and MSM products also really help!

The slow cooking recipe in the Dog Dish Diet will help most dogs lose weight and contains natural glucosamine chondroitin products to help dogs feel better.

The Second Edition Dog Dish Diet, book and kindle edition, is now available at

Your dog is a prisoner to what you put in its bowl. Dog Dish Diet helps you make better choices!

Benefits of a more natural diet for treating, reversing and preventing common canine health issues.

Tune into Thriving Canine Radio to hear Dr. Greg Martinez DVM review the benefits of a more natural diet for treating, reversing and preventing common canine health issues.
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One of my readers consulted with their vet about supplementing chicken and veggies to their chihuahua’s meal. The vet was worried about pancreatitis if their little dog ate too much fat. I worry about chronic skin and ear issues if they eat too little fat. I have found that if dogs are transitioned into eating wholesome healthful human food, they will become accustomed to variety and suffer less problems if fed something different. Dogs that eat kibble every day of their life are more apt to suffer pancreatitis and bowel problems wen they get a hold of real food.Imagine eating Cheerios every day, all day for 5 years, then getting a steak. Think you might get indigestion? A variety of different foods helps keep the bowel tuned up and ready for change as well as provides a variety of needed nutrients.

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What Do You Do if a Dog Gets A Cut?

You are sitting in the warm sun or walking down a path, enjoying a few moments of relaxation when your dog comes in from the yard, field, or from a romp with fellow dogs dripping blood.

The first thing to notice is the attitude. Is he or she wagging their tail and looking around like nothing happened? Breathing hard and staggering? Is there lots of blood?  Screaming in pain? Holding a wobbly leg up that appears broken. Has a wound that looks very deep and ragged or a big skin flap that is easily moved and loose, Has a deep wound that the muscle, tendons, or something very indescribable can be seen. All those signs should  signal a trip to the veterinary ER. Dogs lash out when they are painful, so be real careful when you touch a wound or swollen area. In fact, it may be a good idea to use a gauze muzzle to avoid getting bit.

If the wound doesn’t look too bad and your dog seems OK, then you can take a closer look at it. A little warm water with baby shampoo or dawn detergent will really help you get a good look at the wound so you can figure out the next move. If the wound is small and you are not going to rush to the vet, you can trim the hair a bit. Then you can wash it a bit more. If it looks bad…away you go to the vet.

If it doesn’t look terrible You may decide to give your dog an aspirin(One adult 325 mg per 30 pounds twice daily) and put some antibiotics(neosporin) on it and wait till your vet opens up in the morning. You can try a bandage but most bandages come off or are eaten. Then you have a vomiting and bloody dog. If the wound is open a bit, but you can pinch the skin together easily, you can apply crazy glue on the edges. Don’t put the glue into  the wound, under the skin it can make things worse!

If your dog becomes obsessed with licking the wound, you may need a bandage or a collar to keep them away.Occasional licking helps clean it up and heal, but too much licking may irritate the wound.

Wiping the wound daily with warm soapy water or hydrogen peroxide, and then applying antibiotic ointment will keep the wound clean.

Check out my video. A Cut on a Dog



We eat a variety of foods to stay healthy, but for some reason, most vets and commercial dog companies warn against feeding healthy “human food”. The healthful ingredients in a variety of foods actually ensures that your pet is getting all the antioxidants, omega 3′s, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals it needs to stay healthy. In the Dog Dish Diet, I explain why some dogs need to eat differently to treat or avoid chronic skin, ear, or bowel issues. The book comes with a short download to help you start “canine crocking” . I’ve advised thousands of owners to feed better commercial food, raw food, canned food, or homemade food, and it really makes a big difference!

Make a New Years Resolution to

“Occupy Your Dog’s Bowl With a Better Diet”

Using Nutrition to Help Cure Common Problems Like Itchy Skin and Gunky Ears.

This past few years has been much more rewarding in my practice. Teaching dog owners how to feed their dogs differently to treat common medical conditions like itchy skin and constantly inflamed ears has really made my life easier. Before I used nutrition, I was stuck in the cycle of using pills, injections, ointments, sprays, and shampoos. I knew that none of these worked really well for the long term, but didn’t really have any other cure to offer. Once I made sure that the itchy one was adequately protected against fleas, I had to resort to the shelves of medication I kept on hand for the seemingly endless cycles of treatment for chronic skin issues. There are medications like antihistamines, prednisone, and Atopica or cyclosporine, but I really try hard to avoid daily medications.

Most human nutritionists agree that we should eat a variety of healthful whole foods. It is common knowledge that our over consumption of carbohydrates and processed foods is unhealthy for us. Once I started a healthier diet I lost weight and felt much better. This made me think about what we feed our animals. Most are sentenced to a dry, high carbohydrate, processed diet. Most never get to eat real food. Most vets and commercial pet food companies warn against “human food” because feeding it may upset the delicate balance of vitamins and minerals. The truth is that feeding a variety of healthful ingredients can only help an animal receive the nutrition that is needs. The last ten years of practice have convinced me that individual dogs have medical problems because most  “complete and balanced” dog foods are too dry, lack enough healthy oils, contain harmful allergens , and are chock full of obesity causing carbohydrates.

Just last week several clients told me how the advice that I gave them helped their dog look and feel better, lose weight,  recover from constant itching, get relief from painful joints, or helped with other health issues. When I started re-educating myself and then pet owners. I had no idea that nutrition would completely change the way I practice veterinary medicine. Traditional medicine focuses on treatment and not prevention.  I rely on traditional drugs too, but I am really thankful that I have more to offer. Feeding your dog a better diet may help them live a healthier, happier, life.

Teaching dog owners better nutritional choices and hearing or seeing all the positive results makes my job the most rewarding one I could ever hope to have. Inform yourself about dog food and make informed choices. Your dog may really thrive on a better dry food, raw food, canned food, more human food, or home cooked food. Different foods may lead to a better life. Give your dog that chance.

This review is from: Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet (Paperback)

My food doesn’t come in pellet form in a bag, so why should my best friend’s? After reading an article in the NY Times about feeding fresh food to your dog, I decided to do some research. I did not do this for health issues or anything like that. My dog, Murphy simply did not like to eat. I know that sounds crazy, a dog not eating! Every dog I know has devoured whatever they can find, food or not. I was baffled. What could I do to get this dog to eat? I tried changing foods, dish soap; I fed him on the carpet and I raised the bowl off the ground so he wouldn’t have to lean down. Nothing worked; some days he ate, some he didn’t. Murphy is a pretty awesome dog, so finding a solution to this problem became my number one goal.

I searched high and low on the internet for dog food recipes. The recipes were out there, but I had no clue who designed the recipes or if they were good for my dog. It took me a little while to find ‘Dog Dish Diet’ but once I did I was intrigued. The book is written by a vet and gets good reviews. As a lawyer, I know that a degree does not make you smart. In fact, I have met some really stupid lawyers along the road, so how could I know that Dr. Greg was not a quack? Well, I went to his website and read what he had to say. Most importantly (to my uneducated mind), house dogs evolved from the wolf. Of course we all know this is true…there can be no other explanation of where dogs came from. After all, a wolf is really just a wild dog. What do wolves eat? Whatever they can find or kill, I guess. Dr. Greg also explained the domestication of wolves. Apparently when people lived in camps, wolves would hang around and eat their garbage/leftovers. Wolves have been around for thousands of years in the wild. If eating human leftovers was good enough for them, it was fine for Murphy. Dr. Greg knows what he is talking about and his advice is sound.

Now, on to the results!
#1 Murphy goes nuts whenever its time to eat. He jumps all over the place as he waits for the bowl to be placed on the ground. My dog is happier and that makes me happier.
#2 Murphy used to itch a lot. He barely scratches anymore.
#3 His coat is so much softer and shinier now.
#4 The food is easy to prepare as long as you have a crock-pot and a blender.
#5 Do you have any questions? Dr. Greg will actually respond to you on Facebook! I have asked him many questions and he always responds. He is a great person who just wants to help dogs.

If you made it through this entire review, you obviously care about your dog. Buy the book and your dog will love you even more! It is an easy read, cover to cover. I promise, you will read it more than once.


Happy New Year!

Dr Greg, Lonna  and their  Furry Family


Check out the new:

Dog Dish Diet Videos tab.

There you can purchase and instantly get information on a better diet for your dog!


I really want people to learn how to feed their dog a better diet so have made a series of video for those people that would rather watch than read. Enjoy some of the info in Dog Dish Diet for only 2.99. I wanted to offer them for a price that everyone can afford!


Tapeworms and Fleas in Cats

Tapeworms in cats are pretty common. Some cats and households seem to get these visitors more often than others. The adult tapeworms hang out in the intestine and release segments of their bodies that exit the animal and “crawl” away from the anus. You may see them as a fleshy, white, wiggling particle the size of a rice grain moving around the rear end of your cat. I once saw a tapeworm segment “crawling” on the arm of my couch. Those packets release eggs that baby fleas feast on, and then grow the baby tapeworm in their bodies. If the flea is munched and crunched by a cat or dog, then the baby tapeworm will grow into an adult in our pet’s intestine. There is another tapeworm present in rodents that once eaten will infect the eater and the cycle will be complete.

Once the tapeworm packet releases its eggs, the sack will dry up and look just like a rice grain or sesame seed. You may see one or a sprinkling of these segments in a cat bed or on your cat’s butt.

Getting rid of tapeworms involves killing the adult with a wormer specifically for tapeworms. Most wormers you can buy from pet supply stores are for roundworms and won’t affect or kill tapeworms. Tapeworm medications are available at veterinary hospitals or on-line pharmacies.

Since fleas carry the tapeworm “nursery”, it is a good idea to treat your cats and dogs for fleas also. If feral cats or neighborhood cats frequent your area, it may be necessary to use flea treatment year-round and worm more than once. The most popular flea treatments for cats are Revolution and Advantage. (Remember to never use dog flea and tick treatments on cats!).

In summary:  If there are lots of cats in your area or lots of fleas, or if your cat is a hunter then your pets  may become infected with tapeworms. A tape wormer and flea control will kill both adult tapeworms and fleas to stop the infection and spread.

Check out my you tube video to see the live, crawly, egg packets, dried segments, and adult tapeworms!




Remember to feed your dog and cat a healthier diet! Our pets are sentenced to processed food, unless we help them enjoy a variety of healthier choices. If your cat is obese, it should eat canned instead of dry food! I always supplement my cats with pieces of real meat(chicken, beef, fish, turkey) 2-3 times per week.
I have started to slow cook my cats food along with my dogs food and will have an updated eBook available in a month or two! “Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet: Introduction to Slow Cooking”.


Only you can give your dog and cat the gift of health with better nutrition!Learn more about better nutrition by ordering Dog Dish Diet, Dog Dish Diet (second edition kindle), or Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet(Dog Dish Diet Videos available at (See the box on the right!) Only 2.99 for the series!

Easy and Simple Healthy Eating Tips to Survive the Holidays; Greg Martinez DVM and Growing Younger Expert Robin Nielsen Educate the “Whole” Family for Healthy Holiday Eating

Easy and Simple Healthy Eating Tips to Survive the Holidays; Greg Martinez DVM and Growing Younger Expert Robin Nielsen Educate the “Whole” Family for Healthy Holiday Eating
Posted on December 09, 2011 at 02:00 AM EST

MORGAN HILL, CA, December 09, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ — A majority of the population gains a significant amount of weight during the holiday season. This is due to holiday parties and office treats. Thanksgiving dinner alone is on average 1200 calories! “There are easy steps you can take to stay healthy during the holidays.” says Robin Nielsen, Certified Nutritionist, the Growing Younger expert and Co-Creator of Fabulous in a Box. “There are also weight loss and health tips for your pet also,” says Greg Martinez DVM.

- Dine while you wine: if you must drink, drink with food and avoid sugary drinks, then have a glass of water in between drinks

- Schedule strategically: eat at parties around meal time, don’t eat extra. Start your meal with a soup and salad and have small portions of the rest

- Visit with people, not the food: take in the entire event: the people, music, decorations while you hang out with the talkers, not the eaters!

- Feed your dog half the kibble it usually gets and mix in canned green beans for a nutritious meal with fewer calories.

- Add pieces of turkey meat, yams, or green beans to your dog’s regular food. Whole healthy food is really good for our pets.

- Offer your cat a piece of chicken, turkey, shrimp or fish. They are carnivores and meat is good for them!

What is it that both people and their pets are eating that is causing so many similar chronic ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, skin irritations and obesity? The processed food your family and pets eat may be at the root of the problem. Most people would be amazed to know how much better they would feel including their pet when you both eat a healthier diet!

Greg Martinez, DVM and author of the book The Dog Dish Diet, has figured out that diet plays a huge role in the health of a dog. “Take care of your pet to avoid the vet,” says Dr. Greg. “Most dogs seem to thrive on commercial food, however many dogs with moderate to severe itchy skin, chronic ear infections, hotspots, bowel problems, seizures, kidney and bladder problems, and other chronic medical problems may need different and healthier ingredients or a home-cooked diet for their medical condition to improve.”

This is exactly what Growing Younger expert, Robin Nielsen, found with her people clients. They lost weight, gained energy, decreased pain and felt younger just by changing their diet. That’s when Dr. Greg and Robin decided to join forces – they were teaching the same thing! “What if we taught people how to feed themselves and their dogs so everyone could feel fantastic?”

Local experts Dr. Greg Martinez and the Growing Younger expert, Robin Nielsen have taken their community talks one step further by creating a new video. It shows people how to feed themselves and their dogs simple, whole, real food to feel fabulous. The short video, combined with a little humor, is guaranteed to get people thinking about what they are eating. Time and time again we have heard that dogs cannot eat chocolate for example … but what about a crock pot chicken? More importantly, did you know that buy purchasing a high end brand pet food you might as well as be purchasing a double whopper from Burger King?

“Eating a whole, real food diet is key to growing younger and staying healthy and fabulous.” explains Growing Younger expert Robin Nielsen. “Food is information. It tells our bodies how to function or not.”

Both experts have a similar philosophy when it comes to caring for people and animals. Viewers can watch their humorous and educational video at: and can grasp the concept of what a healthy meal looks like and how it can impact the lives of pets and their owners. In fact it’s essential to live a disease-free life!

About Greg Martinez, DVM
For more information, please visit:
Dr Martinez graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. He is a partner in a thriving small animal practice in Gilroy, California. Since he has found that changes in the diet help many dogs with chronic medical problems, he always advises people to feed their pet a better diet. The need, duration, or number of treatments for medical problems may decrease if nutrition is addressed when treating skin, bowel and ear problems. He was so impressed with the power of healthful eating that he wrote Dog Dish Diet, available on and at

About Nutrition Expert Robin Nielsen
Robin Nielsen Robin Nielsen is the Founder of Juvenescence, LLC, helping her clients to “grow younger.” She is a successful entrepreneur, a Certified Nutrition Consultant and an in-demand speaker and educator. She’s motivated thousands to improve their health with the right mental and physical fuel for optimum performance in all areas of life. She offers a FUN, holistic approach to achieving optimal performance with a take control of your life perspective and a call to action to live a luscious life. More importantly, her topics bring results and increase personal and professional productivity.

Home Crocked Dog Food May Solve Many Medical Problems.

“Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet”

Introduction to Home-Crocked Dog Food

Once they tried the slow-cooking recipe in Dog Dish Diet, many of my clients and readers fell in love with the idea and practice of home cooking for their dogs. I have to admit that I am now cooking for my dogs 95% of the time.

Why would dog owners want to cook for their dogs?

  1. 1. Some people need to know exactly what is in their dog’s food to help with medical conditions. If you add an ingredient or two at a time, then you may be able to determine what ingredients cause ear, bowel, or skin problems in your dog.

  1. 2. Home-crocked dog food contains less preservatives and processing chemicals. Recalls and troublesome chemicals are often in the news. Once you are comfortable with the process of home crocking, you won’t have to worry about these alarming reports.

  1. 3. Home-crocking dog food allows you to control the ingredients with the ease and economics of slow cooking. Home crocking dog food can be less expensive and more healthful than most commercial dog foods. Slow-cooking for your dog may both save you money and make you part of the “pet health care team”


Most dogs seem to thrive on commercial food, however many dogs with moderate to severe itchy skin, chronic ear infections, hotspots, soft stool or diarrhea, seizures, kidney and bladder problems, pancreatitis, diabetes  and other chronic medical problems may need different and healthier ingredients or a home-cooked diet for their medical condition to improve.

For those dogs that suffer from moderate to severe chronic skin and ear allergies or bowel problems, home cooking may be the best way to avoid endless cycles of costly veterinary tests and treatments. Home- crocking dog food may help you decide what ingredients work best for your dog instead of buying expensive prescription diets. I have watched many clients buy an expensive hypoallergenic or prescription food only to throw it away after their dog refused to eat it. Home crocking dog food allows you to try different ingredients out on your dog and use that information to buy different a commercial dog food with different ingredients or to try different slow cooking recipes!


I’m a Vet, not a Certified Canine Nutritionist

Before we jump in, let me explain my credentials and how I got started cooking for my pets. While I am not a certified canine nutritionist, I have been practicing veterinary medicine for over 30 years. I’ve been using nutrition along with traditional medicine in my practice for more than 10 years now with excellent results. Thousands of clients have followed my simple nutritional advice offered in Dog Dish Diet, and many others have decided to cook for their dogs, using a slow-cooking recipe in the book.  Many of those dogs have shown improvement with chronic medical problems that had plagued them for anywhere from a few weeks to years. In my experience, not all dogs will recover or show improvement on a homemade diet, but it is very easy and cost-effective to try. It is certainly cheaper than the cycles of endless tests and medications that some very allergic dogs have to endure. Even if the medical problems do not completely disappear, your dog will be healthier and happier with your home-crocked dog food!


The nutritional successes of the past 10 years have convinced me how important the diet can be in treating many chronic medical problems. I now make nutrition an integral component of treatment for many medical problems.  Combining nutrition counseling and medication is often much more successful than using medication alone. In fact, the truth is, most of the time I can’t cure chronic skin, ear, bowel, and bladder problems with medication alone. Some dogs will continually itch; have constant ear or bladder infections; or seizures even with constant medication. Even a small percentage of seizuring dogs improve with a better diet. I have found that these problems can be dealt with far easier using a combination of nutrition and medication.  The amount and frequency of medications for skin, ear, urinary, bowel, or seizure problems may be needed far less, or not at all. For example, if the offending ingredients in the diet are removed, and healthy ones are introduced, the skin may get healthier, the ears and bladder infection may clear up, and the amount of seizuring or level of medication needed may decrease in some dogs. Doesn’t that make it worth trying?

If you buy my book for the Holiday Special Price of 14.95

I will send you the download

“Introduction to Slow Cooking for Your Dog”