Nutrition is one of the
BIGGEST factors that contributes to a pet's overall health and
well-being. Nutrition (or lack there of) is directly related to
many medical conditions and diseases.
Minimum requirements in a
commercial dog food are just that … minimum requirements to survive
- not optimum levels and quality of ingredients in order to thrive.
Your pet is not responsible for his
health and nutrition - you are!! With a poor diet, (one that
does not meet nutritional needs) we may live, but we will not live
as long or as well.
Isn't all pet food the same?
Pet food comes in all shapes and
sizes - from very low quality - very cheap foods (such as Sprout)
to average commercial pet food (such as Iams & Purina) to
high-end, or natural pet foods.
Not all pet food is created equal
and you generally get what you pay for - if the food is inexpensive
it is generally because low cost-low quality ingredients were used
to manufacture it.
We recommend all pets be fed
natural, high quality pet food (or a raw or homemade diet). The
higher cost of high quality pet food is easily outweighed by
healthier pets with less medical problems.
What is "Natural" Pet Food?
"Natural" pet food is defined as
pet food that does not use artificial colors, additives or
Yet, "Natural" pet food should also
include a diet that pets would have naturally eaten...foods that
have higher quality protein (and human grade) ingredients.
Unfortunately many manufacturers
use the word "natural" as an advertising tool when their product
contains low quality ingredients such as 'by-product meal', and
grain fillers such as corn gluten. (Iams Healthy Naturals Dog Food
is a prime example.)
Natural pet food is not really more
expensive than "premium" commercial pet foods but they have the
highest quality of ingredients and do not have added chemicals.
Natural pet foods are not generally found in pet stores or
supermarkets because they do not have a long shelf life and are not
produced in mass quantities.
Grain-Free Pet Food
Cats and dogs did not evolve to eat
processed cereal grains (such as corn and wheat). They are
carnivores (meat eaters) with a relatively short digestive
system which lack the enzymes needed to efficiently digest
Grains in pet food allow
manufacturers to reduce costs because grains cost less and are
readily available and have a long shelf life. The problem is that
the high carbohydrate content of these foods contributes to
obesity, diabetes, kidney stones/crystals, behavior problems,
allergies, skin problems and a host of other problems in our pets.
Also, corn and wheat are the most common food allergies in
We recommend that
you avoid all wheat and corn products in all pets.
Grain free foods not only promote
proper weight but they help their overall health.