Perhaps the most important decision you can make for your newest companion, is the decision to feed him/her a quality diet. This does not require a large dog food budget or a great deal of research. We feed our large family of dogs a quality, balanced diet for a reasonable amount of money and time.
Most towns now have a Natural Pet Food store or Feed Store. If you cannot find one please let us know and we will help you!
Feeding nutritional food saves thousands of dollars in vet bills avoiding skin and digestive allergies as well as the unfortunate growing numbers of dogs poisoned by commercial food recalls. Dogs also eat less when feeding quality, so a bag of food lasts you longer! And let’s not forgot to mention less waste, means less yard cleanup!
There are MANY quality dog food brands and we do not sit on any one type. It is important to offer a variety to avoid allergies. We do have a list of SOME foods we stand by due to their morals and quality.
Please visit: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com for honest reviews and breakdowns on thousands of pet food brands.
A Word on Protein:
Many people make the mistake of judging the quality of a pet food simply by looking at the percentage of protein shown on the label. This is not the best way to judge overall quality for several reasons.
Not all protein is created equal. Higher protein percentages do not automatically mean higher quality food – the right level of protein for your particular pet is what matters.Other nutrient levels are necessary for overall health and the proper use of protein by the body.
Let’s Take a Closer Look…
Not All Protein is Created Equal
What would you rather feed your pet – four ounces of real chicken meat or four ounces of ground chicken feathers and corn? All three ingredients contain protein, but they are definitely not equal. Ounce for ounce, the real chicken provides more protein, and the protein is highly digestible and usable, allowing pets to eat smaller quantities to receive the optimal level of protein.
In contrast, the ground feathers contain protein, but in a non-digestible form. Digestibility is key to evaluating a protein’s nutritional value. Real meat offers highly digestible protein – protein that is easily broken down by your pet’s body. Your pet cannot digest and cannot live on the protein contained in feathers. It simply passes through the digestive system unused.
Utilization is another key to evaluating protein sources. Corn has digestible protein that is absorbed, but it is not as usable by the body as the protein from meat or eggs. Corn must be combined with another grain to supply the range of essential amino acids that meat or eggs supply by themselves. Pets will need to eat larger quantities of corn and other grains to obtain the same amount of usable protein that is in chicken.
When comparing pet foods, be sure to consider the type and quality of protein used – not just the quantity. Look for foods with highly digestible, usable protein. Real meat, fish, and eggs, for example, provide your pet with the highest levels of usable protein, while allowing you to feed lesser quantities of food.
(filler and #1 allergy)
(filler and #2 allergy)
(non digestible to dogs. Something they add to bump the protein content up in #s)
Here’s a Helpful List of Foods We’ve Already Researched:
- Nutri-source (not “Nutro” or “Nutri-Nuggets”)
- Great Life (not “Beneful Great Life”)
- Solid Gold
- Taste of the Wild (can be too rich for some)
- Blue Buffalo
- Honest Kitchen
- Pure Vita
- Science Diet
- Atta Boy
- Kroger, Safeway, Etc
- Pro Plan
- Royal Canin