Wow I've just been slacking in my posts these last few months.
Hello all I hope you are having a good autumn day. It's been quite cold and foggy these past couple of mornings. We are pretty lucky it clears up mid morning to a beautiful sunny day.
Just when I think I'm starting to deal with controlling my emotions regarding the loss of our dog Cleo we receive a cremation certificate from Oak Hills Memorial Pet Care. It brought up all of my emotions again but at least I know she was treated with care. I'd like to share with you a bit of what the card said.
"You may be assured that your beloved pet Cleo was treated with dignity and consideration during our special process. We have placed your pet's cremains beneath a stand of great trees in a serene country setting." I feel now I can truly move on knowing she is at peace and was taken care of.
Regarding pet food, I've always tried to feed my animals the best food while not breaking the bank. When Cleo got cancer I took another look at her food. Researching all of the sites on canine cancer I found when it came to feeding dogs with cancer they all mention getting off store bought pet food and making your own.
Hmmmm....it sounds like with humans, fresh whole foods are just healthier. It totally makes sense!
The first dried biscuit for dogs was processed in 1860, right after World War II bagged and canned pet food became popular in the U.S. because it was more economical. Before that time dogs ate table scraps, vegetables etc. You can read about the history of commercial dog food all over the internet or at History of Dog Food Like with people, the more processed food you eat the unhealthier you become. Also the more organic ingredients the better as well.
If you can't feed your pet a completely fresh diet try to feed a higher quality kibble then add fresh veggies to it like I've been doing. You can mix all kinds of veggies, omega oils, etc. Wheat, corn and soy are the biggest allergens for dogs. Wheat especially is not good for dogs. Sweet potatoes are alot better than white potatoes which are real starchy.
Some of the research I've done has been on finding companies that also use organic ingredients. I've e-mailed quite a few regarding their ingredients. I'm surprised to find that Halo the one Ellen Degeneres recommends, doesn't use hormone free chicken or eggs from small farms. There are a couple of companies that carry dehydrated food which is made using very low heat but enough to kill pathogens. Here are a couple of those- Dr. Harvey's you would add a protein to it. Alicia Silverstone has been feeding her dogs for years using this food and for a protein she adds lentils, beans or tofu to it and her dogs are healthy as can be. You need to add an omega oil to this food as well as l-creatine and taurine if no meat is used. Then there is The Honest Kitchen , one of their food items is all veg. This food is alot pricer especially if you have a bigger dog like our 80lb Ace dog. Carna4 is a newer line of baked kibble from Canada. They had a great response when I emailed them regarding where their chicken came from. They say they choose the freshest like they do for themselves. You can truly see that the owners care about their pets. Now while I'm vegan I don't believe in factory farming but most of the meat in dog foods come from factory farms. So when even buying a kibble that has some meat in it I prefer organic ingredients. Petguard Organic Pet Food is good and they have a vegetarian option as well.
Amongst my research I found that Natura Pet food brand which includes EVO, Innova, California Natural and Karma( 90% organic)was bought out to Proctor and Gamble. Here is a company that was supposedly a high quality pet food yet they sell out to a company like Proctor and Gamble. It's also interesting that there was a class action lawsuit against them filed regarding their claims regarding the description of their dog food. It's always good to research a pet food before you purchase. I also don't get the addition of cottage cheese in some of these dog foods because just like people alot of dogs can have an allergy or be lactose intolerant. Milk is for babies is what I say. If you feel you want to give your pet yogurt because it contains probiotics then add a capsule or two of probiotics.
All in all when it comes to your pets, fresher is better. If you have a question regarding a product e-mail the company they always reply rather quickly.
What do you feed your dogs?