The Healthy Dog Gourmet
Now that you have a dog the most immediate concern will be to
decide what to feed your new pal. You'll want it to be healthy and your dog will look forward to food that is tasty
and palatable people, dogs have their own sense of taste and can be in fact, dog gourmets
Norma Bennett Wolf wrote an excellent article based upon
studies done at Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, Leicestershire, United Kingdom. Much of the information
below is taken from her fine essay which you can read oncanine
nutritionhere and an article
by Ron Hines DVM PhD
1) Home made dog food- this is probably
the best solution. If you have the time to prepare your dogs food
for a few suggestions for a healthy natural homemade diet from Dr.Richard Pitcairn, DVM. If your dog has
special nutritional needs you may want to buy special commercial foods nutritionally designed to meet those special
needs. Some helpful recipes can be found by clicking here
Many people prepare their dog food in much the same way that
food for the family is prepared. If planned properly, enough can be made and packed in freezer safe containers to
last a week or more. We have done this only after carful;nutritional planning
Commercial Dog Food
Commercial dog food is a frequently misunderstood. Some of it
is terrific. Some of it can kill your dog You have to review the
A new development is that in conjunction with Stephen R.
Blake, D.V.M., Holistic Veterinarian, and a founding member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association
a newRaw formulais being introduced by Natural Balance which is an important step in
the goal of holistic, healthy and nutritious commercial dog food menus.
My current prefernce in commercial dog food is for
Great Life, highly rated by The Whole Dog Journal. The creator of Great Life is the author of The Healthy Wholistic Dog. Click the link and you can read my review. I met the author, not knowing he was
the creator of the food I was using for my dogs. The junk that is found in commercial dog food is one of the main concerns that any dog owner should
become familiar with. Loaded with industrial waste, fillers, toxins and carcinogenic substances, many dog food
brands should be used as landfill and nothing more. See what's in your dog food in a movie by clicking here
There are good to excellent brands and we'll discuss them on
this site and in our newsletter. But, before making a selection it's important to know what a good dog food is and
how to avoid the less healthy ones. Whatever you
decide you'll have a better idea of what to look for once you leave this site.
Types of Commercial Dog
Food See the Eye
Opening Video Now !
Kibble- like all commercial dog foods the ingredients are critical. Many lesser
priced and even popular national brands found in grocery chains contain a high degree of filler, preservatives and
additives. Beware of claims of being all natural and pictures of healthy happy dogs running after
broccoli...take a look at the ingredients before you fill your dog's bowl full of kibble. Holistic or better
brands such as Natural
Balance, Eagle Pack,Canidae, Solid Goldand others are available at pet stores everywhere. As the dog food
recall widens and now has tainted Natural Balance we will be watching their response and re evaluating our
approval of them in the near future.
Canned- high in flavor yet predominately consists of water dry grains, meat and
meat by-products, fats, mineral and vitamins.Natural Balance has canned products that are good and should be considered if you
buy canned foods. Their ingredients include quality meats from USDA approved plants (no by-products), as well as
carrots, potatoes and brown rice. If you are buying dog food at the local supermarket, big box store or
discount outlet, you are probably feeding your dog junk food or worse...much worse.
Semi-moist- a lot of additives. My least favorite. Avoid wherever
The 2007 dog food recall has affected more than 100 brands of commercial pet food. Dogs eating these
brands have contracted kidney failure and death. Picking the right diet for your dog can be a matter of life and
death. Sadly, the dog food industry has done a good job of pulling the wool over people's eyes, convincing them
that commercial dog food is a must for their
dog's health and longevity.
As a discerning buyer I believe that the best brands and
highest quality should win out in the marketplace. The best way for that to happen is through education. We'll try
to help a bit here with that.
In the United States, several agencies and organizations are
responsible for regulating the production, marketing, and sales of pet foods. The most influential and important of
these agencies is the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Their regulations require that the
labels of all cat foods made and sold in the U.S. contain the following information.
- Product name
- Net weight
- Name and address of the
- Guaranteed analysis
- The words "dog food"
- A statement of nutritional
- A statement of the methods used for substantiating
Unfortunately, they have little or no regulatory powers and their tests are very limited and incomplete..
A good explanation of how to understand this information can
be found in an article by Dr Margaret Muns DVM. Click here to read the article
What do they really
put in dog food? click and see the video
Dr.Richard Pitcairn a renowned DVM, PhD. and a specialist in
nutrition reports that many commercial foods are lacking in adequate proteins, fats vitamins and minerals and DO
contain slaughterhouse waste, toxic products from spoiled foods, non nutritious fillers, heavy metal contaminants,
pesticides, herbicides, drug residue, artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.
In fact some reports show that carbohydrates have been
introduced from leftover donuts, fats are sometimes rancid and fiber may include newspaper, fillers, hair and
While all commercial foods are by means means bad...some are
pretty good in fact, you should look out for a number of red flags.
Be wary says Dr. Pitcairn of labels that offer ingredients such
The Pet Food Institute has argued for the right to include
"least cost mix" of products that could open the door for almost any type of garbage to be included in your dogs 's
food. And it frequently is.
Stories and news reports are more red flags in this regard. A
former employees at a chicken slaughterhouse witnesses diseased parts of dead chicken shipped to a pet food plant
and other studies read by the owner of this site have reported that roadkill and euthanized animals have also been
sold to rendering facilities for dog food. Imagine the corpse of a euthanized animal, which has the chemicals
administered to instigate death, in a plastic bag being dumped into a rendering bin to be processed for your dogs
next meal! A recent dog food recall is widening public concern about dog
food that can actually kill their dogs.
Aside from the obvious emotional distaste, this type of waste
has been reported to increase the likelihood of cancer and other degenerative diseases.
Propyklene glycol-used to maintain moisture, this
additive is known to cause illness in dogs
Propylgalate- used to retard spoilage is suspected of
causing liver damage
Ethoxyquin- used in rubber production , suspected in
causing severe health problems in dogs
Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)- preservative
suspected in cause of liver damage, stress, fetal abnormalities, cholesterol
Sodium Nitrite- a preservative suspected in producing
To fight the effects of these negative additives your dog may
naturally see a depletion in energy and nutrients necessary for good health and toxic accumulation wearing down the
dogs natural defences and immune system.
3) A blend of commercial andhome made
foods.This is a viable option for
those who select a top quality commercial dog food and wish to supplement it for additional nutritional
For more information see
There are differing views as to the appropriateness of raw
diets vs. kibble, home made diets and a combination. Be a selective dog parent and get as much information as you
can, speak to your vet and read as much as you can. A few articles pro and con can be found by