On the 13th I taught a Healthy Living For Your Pet class at Chuck’s Produce in Vancouver. The class included useful information on basic care, grooming, and vet care with a focus nutritional matters. I’ll be teaching this class again on August 17th at 6:30pm. You can sign up and get more information here: http://www.chucksproduce.com/events.html
I wanted to just give you some food for thought when it comes to dog nutrition. If I were to ask you; “What are the first three ingredients of your current dog food”? Could you tell me without looking at the bag? No? You should really know this information. How about this; go right now to your dog food and list out the first three ingredients. What are they? If they aren’t meat or vegetable (not by-product, not meal meal and not flavor) then you’re feeding a bad dog food. If any of the first three ingredients are corn, any type of by-product meal, anything “flavor”, wheat, or soy based product, throw it out and get something better! Think of it this way; if your dog was standing in the middle of a corn field and the corn was his only source of food he’d starve to death. Click any of the slides to make them bigger.
Dog's don't recognize corn as food - for a good reason!
The below are some things you should think about when it comes to your dog’s nutrition.
Don’t get caught in the trap of thinking that you’re saving money by purchasing cheaper food. In the long run, cheaper foods will cost you more over the year.
It will cost you more in the long run to feed cheaper food. Due to the high quality ingredients in higher end food you end up feeding less and thus save money.
When you buy things you check the ingredients right? Why don’t you do the same for your dog?
Here’s a great example of WHY you need to be checking:
Mmmm...anti-freeze and swimming pool cleaner. You love your dog more than that don't you?
And finally… do you know who is making your dog food? Are they really the best people to be making a nutritionally packed food for your dog? You might be surprised.
Surprised? Even "high end" dog foods are on here.
So…what’s a human to do? First, check your ingredients to make sure you’re feeding a quality food. Commercial dry kibble isn’t your only option. Raw and homecooked are also very viable options. You can also purchase commercial raw foods as well. Second, make sure you’re supplementing with proper nutrients to give your dog a well-rounded diet. You can see my previous post on that here. Finally, if you’re not sure what’s best for you dog; ask. You can ask your vet, read up, ask someone who has had success with particular foods, or get advice from a certified canine nutrition educationalist. When you give your dog what they need nutritionally they will look and feel better and that’s sure to make you feel better as well.
Note: The slides here are only a portion of what’s discussed in the class taught at Chuck’s. If you’re interested in joining us we’d love to have you. Also, if you have any questions about your dog’s nutritional needs don’t hesitate to contact me via email.