Choosing the right dog food for your dog is one of the most important issues you will approach as a dog owner.
Today's companies are either small, privately owned or large companies who mass produce dog food under many brand names and choices.
Our years of experience has suggested the best foods are produced by private companies who strive to create healthy and well managed formulas, rather then the large corporate companies that so often are recalled and who choose to purchase cheap sources for your dogs food rather then truly care about the health and long term outcome of feeding their product. Some companies that were once health based are often sold to a large Corporation and the formula is changed to be far less healthy then the original. Always check 'who' owns the parent Company.
As we walk past the many bags of dog food we see images of the latest health fads such as cranberries ,blueberries, carrots with a bowl of fresh meat and we think "wow, I would eat that! It must be healthy for my dog!" Pictures show lovely food sources, like vegetables and meat one would serve their family, yet this is the furthest thing from the truth. What is pictured all too often has little to do with the actual product and may not even be in the food in sufficient amounts to contribute to your dogs health. Artificial coloring is also a gimmick to please the person's eye, yet is dangerous for your dog.
Corn, corn gluten are now GMO in all dog food and is extremely detrimental to a dogs health. Avoiding GMO products would be a wise endeavor when choosing which food as these are proving to be hazardous in far too many cases. One Study done in France, feeding rats GMO corn for a two year period resulted in every rat developing cancerous tumors.
Often in the ingredients panel, by products are listed. This should be an indication the company is using the cheapest form of protein possible. Beaks, feathers, feet are a poor source of protein for ones dog. The first several ingredients will be a good indication of the care and desire of a company to provide good protein sources. Real meat, meat meal are far more valuable then 'feathers' which a dog cannot digest well. Another issue is where the meat source comes from. If your dog food reads "meat meal' and does not list the 'kind' of meat, it may very well be euthanized dogs and cats from pounds across the nation. This has become one of the more horrific, yet well kept secret in Dog food companies efforts to use less expensive protein sources.
Most dog foods are full of corn, soy, wheat & byproducts with a few vitamins thrown in to balance it out. These products cause allergies in dogs. That occasional reoccurring ear infection & itchy feet is caused by yeast overgrowth from corn, soy, and wheat.
I am not saying that we should not feed kibble dog foods and take up raw feeding although when done right it is a wonderful option! Raw feeding has it's benefits but you need access to multiple varieties of organic meats, bones and offal (heart, liver, kidney etc) It isn't just throwing your dog a grocery store bought raw chicken fed GMO feed and assuming you have accomplished raw feeding. This can prove difficult for some, and create malnutrition done without real knowledge.
We recommend only five star dog foods, non GMO and always use https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/ to check our choices before feeding.