What are you feeding to your pup?

What food do you feed your pup? When you read the ingredient list, what are they top 5-10 ingredients? You may find that the cheapest brands and those that you find most advertised have the most fillers. By fillers, I mean carbohydrates like corn, wheat, wheat flour, rice, barley and oats. These are foods that to cause your dog feel full, longer.

According to the labeling guidelines/regulations, the ingredient with the most weight must be listed first. Many times, pet-food companies will weigh the ‘good’ foods before they are processed so that they can be added first to the list; however, once processed, they are lighter in weight, therefore should be further down the list. This is a loophole in the system.

My rule of thumb is to read the ingredient list and if I cannot pronounce it or would not eat it myself, I will not feed it to my dog.

Dogs are naturally carnivores, therefore their bodies need more protein than they do anything else. Vegetables come in second, fruits third, and carbohydrates? I doubt that they should really be on the list at all. Where would they find carbs in the wild? They wouldn’t.

It is so important to feed your dog a good, healthy food if you are not home-cooking for him/her. Find out more about the company that makes your dog food – what else do they produce and sell? Do you support and believe in those products too? Where do their products come from? How many by-products can you find?

After doing much research on dog foods, I came across a brand that really struck a chord with me: Orijen. I think they explain it best:

Our fresh regional ingredients include free-run chicken, turkey & ducks, whole Grade A eggs, free range wild boar, bison and heritage pork, grass-fed lamb, and a variety of wild-caught freshwater & saltwater fish—all farmed or fished within our region, passed ‘fit for human consumption’ and delivered FRESH TO OUR DOOR. Each & every day!

  • Our focus is on ingredients that are sustainably farmed or fished WITHIN OUR REGION – by people we know & trust, and delivered to us FRESH (never frozen) each day,
  • Our award-winning dog and cat foods are based on our ‘Biologically Appropriate’ nutritional philosophy (Processed under the Government of Canada’s highest food safety standards, ORIJEN’s fresh meats are produced exclusively from animals passed as ‘fit for human consumption’ and are all certified free of antibiotics and growth hormones.)

So, what about your dog food? Can you say the same for yours?

Read more: Orijen