In our house we have been on a healthy eating journey. We are trying to cut down on processed foods and foods with chemicals in them. Its has been a great experience and has had wonderful affects for the health of my whole family. Well, my whole human family. I hate to say it but I totally forgot about my furry family. I assumed that because I was feeding my pets a good name brand food that it would be full of good healthy ingredients. Then I recently read an article about the worst brands to feed your dog. It had all the brands I expected on it, the lower priced foods. I pay over $50 per bag for my food and I never expected to see “higher priced/ quality” foods on the list. Even some foods that are sold in most veterinary offices.
I started doing some research on dog foods. I looked at it the same way I looked at food I was feeding my human family. Read the labels. Does the food contain ingredients that I know what it is? Are the first few ingredients “real” food from healthy sources? Are there a lot of chemicals, such as artificial preservatives and coloring? I was truly surprised at what I found. I strongly recommend you read the labels of your pets food and know what you are feeding them. Just like in people,a healthy diet means a healthier pet with fewer health problems and fewer vet bills.
Petsafe.net published this list as a guide on what ingredients you don’t want to see in your pets food:
- Corn and wheat gluten.
- grain meals and Meat by-products.
- BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole)
- BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)
- Food Dyes (Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 5 and 6, 4-MIE)
- PG (Propylene Glycol)
- Rendered fat.
For more information on these ingredients and safer alternatives, this article is a great read with information on common ingredients in Pet food.
So what did I do after my great discovery about my own dog’s food? I started hunting for a better alternative. I first decided to cook my own food for my pup. I researched different recipes and even found a really cool crock pot recipe for dog food. But the more I thought about it I realized that I barely have time to cook for my humans , much less my pets. So then I started researching limited ingredient and all natural dog foods. Their are plenty of them out there , but they are not cheap. It would be easier if I had a small dog that didn’t eat very much. But I have a 40 pound dog. She isn’t huge but still eats a descent amount. I want a good quality food, with no chemicals or by products at a descent price.
I finally decided to try Pawtree’s Dog food at the recommendation of a friend. Here is a list of the ingredients:
Turkey, chicken meal, brown rice, oatmeal, pearled barley, millet, tomato pomace, natural flavor, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pea protein, flaxseed, potassium chloride, sea salt, fructooligosaccharide, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid), minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, calcium carbonate, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, iron amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, cobalt carbonate, ethylenediamine dihydriodide), dried algae meal, choline chloride, coconut oil, dried carrots, dried spinach, dried apples, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, dried pumpkin, dried sweet potato, dried broccoli, dried parsley, mixed tocopherols, taurine, rosemary extract.
Things I also love about Pawtree food for my dog are :
- Grain Free
- Antioxidant–rich formula
- Natural source of DHA – supports healthy brain development
- Balanced Calcium and Phosphorus for bone and tooth health
- Contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids for a healthy skin & coat
- A good source of natural Glucosamine to help support joint health
- Contains prebiotics to support a healthy digestive tract
- No added sugars or sweeteners
- Developed by a Veterinarian
- Made in the U.S.A.
Pawtree even has a customization nutrition plan. You can create a pet profile and answer questions about your pet’s health concerns or allergy concerns and Pawtree will help you pick out a nutrition plan that is just for your pet. You can checkout Pawtree’s custom nutrition planning Here. Plus you can put your pet’s photo on the bag and name the food. My human kids loved that. I can set up an auto ship order based on my pup’s nutritional needs , so I never have to worry about running out of dog food or having a new bag shipped to me too soon. My pup loves the taste and I love the quality great nutrition I am giving her.
*****Always remember when switching out your dog’s food to do it slowly. Switching too quickly can cause stomach upset and diarrhea. Start by mixing only 25% of the new food in with the old food for a few days. Then 50 % of the new food for a few days. Then 75% of the new food for a few days and then finally you can give 100% of the feeding of the the new food.