Food Glorious Food!!

by admin on August 16, 2011

 

 

I’ve had that song in my head all week from Oliver. Which leads me right in to this blog post.  Here’s how this post began.  I few weeks back, I asked a question to all my pals on Facebook about what they feed their own dogs.  My pug Winston came back from the vets with crystals forming in his urine. I was so concerned that the food, I might be feeding  him, had caused it, or that this is just going to be apart of his life.  So I asked: “ What the heck do you feed your dogs?” The responses were amazingly helpful to me.  It does take a village of resources when you have a pet.

This blog of mine, doesn’t include all prescribed dog foods given to you by your vet or raw food choices. That’s an entirely different blog post for me.

Like all of you out there, we try so hard to pick out the best food, highest premiums without chemicals or food coloring.  It is a daunting task, right? You think out loud, ” I eat food that’s pretty healthy. I want the same for my dog too!” The choices are abundant. And they all made me more confused.

Just so ya’know, I’m not going to tell you that you should or shouldn’t feed this or that. This blog is about information. If this information works for you, tell me. Same policy applies, if you disagree. You all helped me with this blog, and you have a voice in this blog.

I took a spin to a dog food store to look at all the ingredients on the backs of many dog food bags.  Some foods I had used in the past and was amazed, actually shocked. I mentioned CONFUSION. OH YEAH!  It was like going through a maze of words without my decoder ring on. Many “uber” dog foods contained ingredients that would have stumped the folks on Jeopardy! “Alex, I’ll take meat byproducts as a primary ingredient and protien source  for $500.00?” And the answer is?

Meat byproducts contain very little meat at all. Sit down for this. It’s the animal leftovers after all the meat is taken off.  So, if I fed Winston my pug, food with meat byproducts, I’m actually feeding him gross things like lungs, feet, intestines, brains. Feels like I entered a Halloween House! Bottom line, it’s all the leftover parts that dog companies don’t want to waste. Kaching for them but not for Winston.

Clearly, not all foods are bad. You helped me with this one.  Here’s a good clue for you. If the package lists the meat as the primary ingredient that’s a good choice. Still keep your decoder ring handy.  I’m not going to list all the dog brand foods that use this but I’m going to take you on my detectives’ journey and you can make your own choice.

I will tell you a few products, from my personal point of view, that just don’t do it for me. If you use them, just know, they’re not on my top 10 hit list.  Little Caesars and Beneful are just a few that I steer clear from. I look for companies that work in conjunction with the farmers and ranchers to select natural ingredients. Whose name and reputation mean the world to them. They use a team of experts, like vets, and their own quality control teams that inspects and guarantees that the food you put in your dog’s bowl is safe and nutritious.

Another great bone tip that helped me out, was  to look on the package to make sure your bag has been approved by AAFCO (The Association of American Feed Control Officials). “AAFCO, is an organization that publishes regulations for nutritional adequacy for complete and balanced dog and cat food.” Dog or cat food that have the stamp of approval from AAFCO on their labels will state: “formulated to meet the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile for..(a given life stage).

Last Clue for this blog, which through the maze of confusion, came from my pal, Rachel Pullman from www.4SpecialPaws.com. She zipped me a web site that I think you’ll find interesting: Dog Food Reivew by Brand, www.dogfoodadvisor.com.  Check it out. I did!

Hope you found this blog helpful!  Follow my antics on Facebook, Alanna Chasin and Alanna aka The Dog Buddha. Flip me a comment or 2. Did you change your dog food after reading this blog?

Hugs and Licks!

 

 

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Shelly August 17, 2011 at 2:24 am

Okkkk I love you cos you always confuse me – Layla eats Taste of the Wild Roast Lamb and I mix cooked ground beef in it and its working. Her vet told me about that brand and its working LOL.
As for intestines etc, many humans eat all those parts too and if we do not eat a lot of it it wont hurt either, one of Laylas favorite treats is dehydrated lamb, cannot get enough of it.
Soooo those are our two pennies and cents,

Lots of love from us
xxxxxx

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admin August 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Shelly, you remember the saying “parts is parts?” Yup we do eat things that are “parts” and don’t even know it. Layla is on a good diet and you’re a great mum for making and taking the effort to provide her with the best! As always, thank you for reading and posting here! My love to you and Layla.

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admin September 10, 2011 at 2:03 am

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