Choosing the right Dog Food

Choosing the right dog food is an integral part of, not only your dog's, but your life. Many consumer's decision making is based primarily on cost. What many people don't realize is that less expensive dog food is costing you much more in the end.

   A high quality dog food contains much less filler than a cheaper brand, this means that you may change from feeding your dog 8 cups of dog food a day to just 4 (as I did). Imagine that this means you are feeding half the amount per day or in retrospect your food will last twice as long. As much as this might save you, the real savings lies in the fact that you will be heading to vet less often! Vet bills due to skin conditions, disease and even fleas can most often be avoided with the right dog food. I'm sure some people are questioning how dog food can affect fleas; believe it or not fleas are around our pets all the time, they jump on and off without us even knowing. Animals that are healthy will create optimal amounts of oil on their skin and coat whereas fleas prefer dry skin.
   The right dog food is much more that just about taste or cost, it is about getting those few extra years with your four legged friend.

FDA investigation into heart failure

We have remained silent on the subject till now, but we feel that there is a lot of bad information being propagated on the subject of grain free lately.

With the FDA looking into the connection with heart failure and grain free foods, a lot of people have been mislead as to the actual issue and the actual findings. As it stands there is no conclusive link to food being the issue, it was even stated that it seems to be more genetic and breed specific.

Taurine, the amino acid that is being linked to heart failure, comes from proteins. Some proteins are taurine rich and others require more being added. All good dog food companies either have a person with a PHD in pet nutrition on staff or on call. These people have gone to school with the sole purpose of pet nutrition. If taurine is needed, it is added.

Grain free foods substitute barley and oats with lentils and peas. To that end CORN, WHEAT, SOY & BY PRODUCTS have NO PLACE in a healthy pet food, check your ingredients. The only reasons to feed a dog grain free are: Allergies, diabetes, over weight or lack of appetite.

Before anyone rushes out and starts feeding their dogs "fast food" I think some deeper understanding of the study needs to be relayed. The study should be taken with a grain of salt - directly from the FDA study "Another puzzling aspect of the recent spike in DCM cases is that they have occurred just in the last few years." Fromm, one of the dog foods listed, has not changed recipes in over 50 years on some of it's lines.

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