Choose The Very Best Food For Your Dog

Updated on December 31, 2013

Jimmy

This is my dog Jimmy at The Minnesota State Fair with Princess Kay 2013.

Feeding Your Dog

Next to keeping your dog current on shots and dental care, feeding is a very important part of the total overall care process. With so much controversy about everything else in the world of pet care it is nice to know that there are products out there that make pet food relatively easy to choose.

A Raw food diet is considered the ideal diet by some breeders and pet owners. Feeding this type of diet is more time consuming as you have to chop and grate the vegetables and mix it all together with raw meat, and different supplements. This is something that you should research, and consult with your vet about before starting. I have seen many testimonials as to the benefits that this kind of diet provides.

My Choice of Commercial Foods

If you do not have time to feed a raw food diet there are premium foods with high quality ingredients on the market. I was advised by my Vet to feed a premium food.One of the products that he recommend was Innova which i started with, but since the recall I have switched to Nutri Source. In January of 2003 a long time dog food manufacturing company from Perham Minnesota developed and launched the Nutri Source products.

The History of Tuffy's

Tuffy's was originally established by Darrell "Tuffy" Nelson in 1947 as a manufacturer of livestock and poultry food. In 1965 they developed dog and cat food. The food was namedTuffy's., and the originalTuffy's brand that we fed our dog growing up is still available, The company changed hands a couple of times until 2001 when the current owner Doanae Pet Products decided to close the pet food plant. It was then purchased by Kenny Nelson, the son of the original founder. Please feel free to check out these facts and get more information about this product at http://www.nutrisourcedogfood.com/nutrisource/about_us.

I found a site called Dog Food Reviews where Nutri Source was given a four out of five star rating, Innova also received a four star rating.

http://petfoodtalk.com/dogfoodreviews/nutrisource/

The History of Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's has been around since 1967.They started in California, and are starting to branch out. I discovered a local store, and went in to look around. I was surprised to find the Trader Joe's brand of dog food. I was further surprised when I read the label, and found that the ingredients meet my standards. The founder also changed the way that they do business by buying direct from the supplier, and not charging them shelf fees.All stores charge these fees to suppliers to have their product on the stores shelves so the prices are quite a bit lower at Trader Joe's than your typical pet food store or supermarket. Just follow this link to check Trader Joe,s out. http://www.traderjoes.com/about/our-story.asp

Healthy ingredients, And Foods Not Good For Dogs

Reading the label is the most important thing for a pet owner to do. I have come across a web site called "The Dog Food Adviisor", which I feel is an excellent site. It has plenty of information including how to read the label. The editor of this community is Mike Sagaman and he has a lot of useful information on the site.

The premium foods start with fresh quality meats and vegetables, they do not contain animal by products which can include the remains of a slaughtered animal after the edible parts are removed, animals that come in dead or diseased, pets that have been euthanized in vet clinics, and road kill are all used in animal by products

Corn is one of the many human foods put in dog food that is toxic to them. There are also chemicals & preservatives such as: Butylated Hydroxyanisole, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Ethoxyquin, and propylene that are not good for our pets. Also food dyes like: Blue 2 Red 40, yellow 5 and 6, and caramel color are not good for them. Also the FDA does not object to putting human food adulterated with rodent, roach, or bird excreta in animal feed. If you want more information of these facts by Dr. Patrick Mahaney use the following link to read more: http://www.petsafe.net/blog/2013/02/27/pet-food-the-good-the-bad-and-the-healthy/ Most fruits and vegetables are good for our pets, I looked on the "ASPCA" web site, and the following were listed as not good for dogs:

  1. Corn
  2. Avocado
  3. Onions
  4. Garlic
  5. Grapes
  6. Raisins
  7. Persimmons
  8. Peaches
  9. Plums

There are breed specific foods, foods for hunting dogs, grain free, and weight control foods. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing the right food for your dog. Your breeder will have recommendations so consider these when you do the research to find the right brand for you.

Chart of Foods That I discussed

 
 
 
 
 
 
Brand
Sellers
Seller Rating
Details/SP Offers
Base Price
Total Price
Nutri Source
Chewy.com
5 Stars
No tax 1 Special offer
$27.99 + $4.95 Shp
$32.94
Innova
Chewy.com
5 Stars
$3.00 off
 
$25.99
Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's
3.2 stars
 
 
$10.99

My First Two Schnauzers

My first two Schnauzers, who both lived very long, and happy lives.
My first two Schnauzers, who both lived very long, and happy lives.

The Advantages of Feeding a Premium Food

To sum everything up feeding a premium dog food gives your dog the strength and energy to do what they were bred to do, and also feeding the right serving size, will keep your dog at the right weight. This is important as they get some of the same issues as overweight people, such as diabetes, and heart issues. So as I have mentioned being a responsible pet owner includes doing your homework, and finding that brand of premium food that is best for your dog.

I enjoy doing word search puzzles, so I took a few of the words that I have used in my blog, and made one for you to try.

Word find puzzle

Words For Puzzle

AGILITY

CARRIER

CAT

CHICKEN

CHOCOLATE

COLLAR

CONFORMATION

DOG

GOLDEN

LABRADOR

LEASH

PET

POODLE

PROTEIN

SCHNAUZER

Schnauzers having fun

Comments

Submit a Comment

No comments yet.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, pethelpful.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://pethelpful.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)