It’s Time to Change What You Feed Your Dog
Do you feed natural dog food? Of course you would feed a member of your family a quality, health-conscious diet, right? But have we been doing justice by our four-legged family members?
Most of us consider our dogs integral parts of our family. Since the past year’s dog food recall, owners have become more cognizant of what is actually in the dog food they choose to feed and the impact it has on their long term health. Gone are the days when we could assume what we were feeding our dogs was a healthy, not to mention safe, diet.
Without a doubt, the recent trend is toward natural dog food. These dog foods use ingredients that are naturally processed and more in line with what our canine family members need dietarily for optimum health. They don’t use the by-products and fillers that have been the culprit of controversy with the brand-name and store brand dog foods that are commercially marketed.
Listed alphabetically are the top brands of natural dog foods.
Active Care Dog Food: Active Care Dog Food focuses on dogs’ healthy joints and makes their products with natural chicken cartilage with unprocessed chondroitin and glucosamine, to develop, maintain and repair the joints.
Advanced Pet Diets Select Choice Dog Food: Advanced Pet Diets Select Choice dog foods utilize meat proteins from sources such chicken and lamb. No chemical preservatives like BHA or BHT are used.
Artemis Dog Food: Artemis Dog Foods are processed with the premise that prevention is the best cure for problems that ail our pets. They feel that a healthy lifestyle begins with nutrition and have created foods that balance all the necessary proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.
AvoDerm Natural Dog Food: AvoDerm Natural formulas focus on skin and coat health and the company ensures this by developing foods that contain avocados. Dogs which have been fed AvoDerm Natural have been known to show improvement in just 4-6 weeks.
Beowulf Back to Basics Dog Food: Beowulf produces their foods with human grade meat choices, primarily chicken and pork. All ingredients used in their products come from human grade sources, and are hormone and antibiotic free.
Blue Buffalo Company Dog Food: Blue Buffalo takes the approach that “if it’s not good enough for us, then it’s not good enough for our dogs and cats.” All recipes use deboned chicken, lamb or fish as the first ingredient and wholesome whole grains, garden vegetables and antioxidant-rich fruit products.
California Natural Dog Food: Food products such as protein fillers, even premium ingredients can be highly allergic to pets with sensitive systems and that is why California Natural refuses to use them. Touting that they have the shortest ingredient list of any dry pet food on the market, they combine just one protein, one fat and one carbohydrate source to create a hypoallergenic pet food.
Canidae Dog Food: Canidae dog foods use ingredients that meet or exceed the nutrient profiles as established by the AAFCO Dog and Cat Food Nutrient Profiles. No corn, wheat, soy, grain fractions or fillers are used. All ingredients are produced within the United States and all formulations are produced in U.S.D.A. and F.D.A. approved facilities.
Eagle Pack Dog Food: Eagle Pack uses natural, human grade ingredients. Only quality meat meals, grains, fats and oils are used in the processing. Both lines of food contain at least 8 of their holistic, custom supplements. The Eagle Pack Holistic Select brand offers hypoallergenic formulas with unique ingredients such as duck, organic quinoa, and a broad variety of fruits and vegetables and added holistic supplements.
Fromm Family Foods: Fromm dog foods offer three levels of dry and canned foods using high grade and human grade meats, eggs and cheese from local Wisconsin farms. The Gold Nutritionals line enhances each recipe with salmon oil for a healthy coat and probiotics to help aid digestion.
HealthWise Dog Food: HealthWise dog food is a complete and balanced food that is appropriate for all sizes and breeds. They combine quality protein sources, such as low-ash chicken meal and lamb meal, with whole ground grains. HealthWise utilizes low-ash chicken meal, lamb meal, and whole ground grains and mineral-rich ingredients.
Innova Dog Food: Innova dog food uses only natural ingredients from each food group to provide for optimal health. Ingredients such as chicken, turkey, calcium-packed dairy, nutrient-dense fruits, vegetables and whole grains are used in the processing of their foods. Before it is shipped it must pass 121 quality control checks.
Karma Organic Dog Food: Karma Organic dog food is 95% certified organic. What that means to the consumer is that no artificial preservatives, flavorings or fillers are used. Ingredients include organic table quality chicken, organic whole grains, antioxidants derived from all natural sources, whole organic fruits and vegetables and organic flaxseed and sunflower seed meal to supply added fatty acids.
Natural Balance Dog Food: Nature’s Balance dog food provides balanced nutrition without beef, corn or wheat which have been shown to be intolerant in many dogs. As many breeds have differing nutritional requirements, Natural Balance has a formula for several nutrient specific breeds as well as age-specific formulas.
Nature’s Variety Dog Food: Nature’s Variety believes dogs should eat instinctively with diets high in meat, poultry, and fish protein and low in carbohydrates and grains. They offer a full line of grain-free raw frozen diets and a growing line of instinct grain-free kibble and canned diets.
Newman’s Own Organics Dog Food: Newman’s Own Organic dog foods never use wheat gluten or rice protein concentrate in any of their products. All dog foods are made in the United States and do not contain antibiotics, hormones, chemical ingredients or artificial preservatives, colors, or additives. They are certified organic by Oregon Tilth, a USDA accredited certifying agency. Paul and Nell Newman have chosen to donate all of the charity money generated by the sale of the pet food to organizations that support animals’ well-being.
PetGuard Dog Food:PetGuard dog foods are sensitive to improving the lifestyle of our dogs and concerns itself with minimizing toxic chemicals in our environment. They have a full line of canned and dry food and a new line of USDA certified organic foods which have beenproduced without the use of antibiotics, added growth hormones or harmful pesticides.
Pinnacle Dog Food: Pinnacle dog foods offer varieties such as Holistic Trout and Sweet Potato Formula, allergen-free Duck and Potato Formula, and allergen-free Chicken and Oats Formula. Pinnacle Peak Protein Formula is a high protein, high performance formula which is low in carbohydrates and uses chicken as the main source of protein. All Pinnacle allergen-free products contain no allergens such as corn, wheat, rice, barley, sorghum or soy.
Precise Plus Dog Food: The Precise dog food products are natural foods preserved with vitamins instead of preservatives. The Plus line of the Precise products use all high quality proteins, and botanical and herbal ingredients with the addition of beneficial supplements.
Solid Gold Dog Food: Sold Gold dog food is one of the first companies in the United States to use all natural ingredients in their products. Barking at the Moon is their new grain free, high protein, low carbohydrate dry dog food for performance dogs. Other Sold Gold products use protein ingredients such as fish, lamb and bison.
Timberwolf Organics Dog Food: Timberwolf Organics dog foods are “carnivore specific” performance formulas with herbs, seaweeds, seeds, multiple grains, and unrefined oils. They are packaged in barrier bags.
Wysong Dog Food: Many of Wysong dog foods are formulated to emulate the natural diet carnivores eat in the wild. There are also products for vegan diets and allergy prone diets. All products use non heat degraded meats and include extra vitamins, minerals, probiotics, enzymes, and natural nutraceuticals.
Don’t ALL your family members deserve the best? Try a natural dog product today and discover a new, healthy option for your four-legged companion.