Benefits of Holistic Dog Food
What is Holistic Dog Food?
I'm assuming that since you are searching for information on holistic dog food, you care for your dog's health well being.
Perhaps you're here because your veterinarian recommended a different, higher quality dog food. Or you're aware of the dog food recalls in the news. I'm glad you're here to learn more about holistic dog food and I guarantee that your four-legged friend is grateful as well.
There are so many types of dog food and different brands out there. It can be quite overwhelming to choose a dog food that is a great fit for your dog.
Read on to learn how holistic dog food is different from regular dog food. I'll also give a few recommendations as to where to buy them too.
Why bother feeding holistic dog food?
Many of the reasons why more dog owners are switching to a high quality dog food is due to the symptoms that surface due to regular dog food.
Does your dog have any of these symptoms?
- Excessive scratching and itching
- Dandruff or dry, flaky skin
- Frequent ear infections
- Diarrhea or frequent "bathroom breaks"
- Constant licking of paws (sometimes looks red)
- Lack of energy
- Uninterested in their food
These are common symptoms that are relatively mild. Many pet owners turn to hypoallergenic dog food to help alleviate certain allergies. Most holistic practitioners agree that allergic reactions are usually the result of some find of an underlying health problem, system imbalance, or weakened immune system.
Did you know that dogs can also prone to disease such as diabetes, cancer, obesity, heart problems, arthritis, and other conditions that humans can have? A lot of it has to do with the quality of dog food that are on the market.
Cheaper dog food usually contains fillers, meat byproducts, and inexpensive ingredients such as corn or wheat gluten. These fillers can cause an array of problems such as hair and skin issues, frequent ear infections, itchiness, and other sorts of ailments.
***You can find a list of dog food recalls update since 2007
Learn what's really in your dog's food!
What Does "Holistic Dog Food" Mean?
Holistic health generally means fixing the root of a health problem, rather than just getting rid of the symptoms.
For example, if your dog's hair gets dry and flaky, there are many shampoos out there that promises a smooth and silky coat. This shampoo may fix the symptoms but there could be an underlying cause of the dry skin.
He could possibly be allergic to an ingredient, filler, or coloring in his food. Or, your dog could possibly be missing some important nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids.
Whether it's a skin condition or digestive issue that your dog has, holistic food serves to get to the root of the problem. Since holistic food contains a wide array of vitamins and minerals, it may even solve other problems too.
Holistic dog food is created based on this definition, with the goal of providing your dog the much needed nutrients to balance out their health and well being. It is made from high quality ingredients, such as whole grain rice, real meat, antioxidants, vitamins, probiotics, digestive enzymes, omega 3 fatty acids, and other nutrients.
What ingredients are in Holistic Dog Food?
While most holistic dog food brand contains different ingredients, the one thing they have in common is the nutrients that it provides.
You can expect to see the following nutrients:
- Quality protein from fish, chicken, or pork
- Wholesome grains- for energy
- Prebiotics and probiotics - supports the digestive system and provide easy absorption of nutrients
- Digestive enzymes - to help break down protein, carbohydrates, and fats
- Natural fiber- to help the food move along their digestive system and keep them "regular"
- Herbs- to help with inflammation (especially with senior dogs)
- Vitamins and minerals- for strong bones, heart, and other organs
- Antioxidants- to keep their immune system strong; help prevent cancer, diabetes, and other possible disease.
Warning: Serving holistic dog food may cause them to have this euphoric idea of being "Superdog!"
Rule of Thumb...
The better quality the dog food, the higher the price, the less food is fed. So in essence, you will spend as much (and possibly less) on a higher quality dog food.
Is Holistic Dog Food Worth It?
My own mother does not understand why I pay so much more for my dog's food. What she doesn't realize is that a 40 pound bag of holistic dog food has lasted twice as long compared to the old dog food that I used to feed them.
<<A quick personal story about the Picky Eater>>
My sweet Pit, Oakley used to be a "picky" eater. He would not eat his dry food unless I mixed some real meat with 1/4 cup of chicken broth. I remember the first time I switched him over to holistic dog food. I poured 1 cup of dry food in his bowl while I heated up his chicken in the microwave. To my surprise, he ate it all before the chicken was done heating!
If you ever try to smell the holistic dog food, you will notice that it has a stronger scent of real food. They all look the same, but you can tell from the smell as well as your dog's reaction that this food is real.
Dogs require the right amount of carbohydrates and fiber to keep them full. Since holistic dog food contains a higher percentage of nutrients including fiber that comes from real ingredients, your dog will be satisfied with less food and stay satiated longer. Grocery dog food brands use fillers that not only fail to provide nutrients, but can also be harmful.
Each bag has a recommended feeding instruction. Many grocery store brand dog foods recommend feeding a 50lb dog between 3-5 cups per day. Most holistic dog food brands recommend only 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 cups. (For a 50-60lb Pit)
Although holistic dog food is much more expensive, you can save money in the long run. You can save yourself from high vet bills later.
So yes, I truly believe holistic dog food is worth it!
Which holistic dog food do you recommend?
**Please note that I do not work for any of these companies nor do they pay me to write this article. I am simply sharing with you from personal experience, my friend and families experience, as well as my won research and readings.**
If this is your first time buying holistic dog food, I would recommend trying out some of the highly trusted brands. You can start off with a smaller bag, such as 5 to 10 pounds. With any changes to dog food, always introduce the food in small amounts.
Let your dog try it and make observations for a few weeks.
Notice how their energy level changes and their hair looks. Pay close attention to their poop and how often they do their business.
The following are great holistic dog food brands to try!
Candidae Dry Dog Food
Earthborn Holistic Ocean Whitefish
For a more comprehensive review of holistic dry food comparison, read this article from the Dogfoodadvisor.