Because we are a pet supplement company and we are completely crazy about dogs, we get a lot of people asking us what kind of food they should feed their dogs and cats. We are not in the pet food business and we don’t endorse any one brand of pet food, but we do realize that the foundation to a healthy animal is a good diet. There are so many options out there and there are so many strong opinions on what an owner should and shouldn’t feed that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. You can make your own homemade dog food or buy prepared raw, canned, freeze dried, just add water, and dry kibble. The real answer is not only about what is best for your dog, but what is best for your family as well.
I once thought that the only food good enough for my dog was homemade raw food. I read all the books, took classes at the local natural pet store and spent a lot of money at the health food store buying fresh grass-fed and organic meat. I had also just graduated college and was living on my own so basically my dog was eating better than I was. I eventually realized that there are affordable alternatives to feeding my animal a healthy diet and, unless I wanted to live off ramen noodles, I needed to research these options. Luckily there are countless dog food companies that feel the same way. You don’t have to settle for a dry food that’s made from animal by products because there are numerous natural dog food manufacturers out there that are changing the way we feed our animals.
How do you find these foods? The best resource available is your local pet specialty store. These stores are very knowledgeable and want to help you find a food that you can afford and won’t poison your pets with harmful ingredients. If the salesperson you’re talking to isn’t as insightful as you’d prefer, ask to speak to the owner. Owners usually open specialty stores in an effort to feed their own animals and provide the public with healthy food options so they are very knowledgeable. They can also recommend the best supplements to fill in potential nutritional gaps or help with the issues that your pet seems to struggle with like joint stiffness or hairballs. Before you completely confuse yourself with internet searches or find a food that’s not available in your area, stop by your local specialty store and tell them we sent you!