A Dog's Diet
Dogs, lions, and tigers are all carnivores, and in nature, none attempt to live on dry food. However, many vets are teaching their clients to feed only dry food. The stomachs and intestines of dogs prey contain predigested vegetation and provide the meat eaters with much needed minerals, enzymes, chlorophyll, and other nutrients necessary for excellent health and longevity. Most carnivores like dogs don't possess the enzyme to digest cellulose (fiber) like herbivores such as rabbits, deer and other small prey. Carnivores depend on these fresh kills to provide these much needed nutrients. Dogs that are not confined will hunt small game and satisfy their natural need for these complex nutrients.
Our domesticated dogs have lived off our table and around our campfires for thousands of years. They have shared our food from our table containing cooked vegetables, yogurt, cheeses, and meats, and they have thrived. Until very recently, dry kibble dog food could not be found in most third world countries; consequently, most dogs living in less developed countries eat food from their owner’s table. This natural food diet may be the reason those dogs have longer longevity than domesticated dogs living on a totally dry kibble food diet as regularly recommended by veterinarians.
The diet we feed our puppies and dogs consists of meat (chicken, turkey, canned fish, or other meats low in fat), eggs, vegetables, cod liver oil, yogurt, kelp, and garlic. We find that top premium pet foods have most of this already mixed in so all you have to do is pour. Their dry food contains no soy, no by-products (hair, hooves, manure, horns or feathers), no preservatives like BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin, etc. The most common question/comment from first visitors is “Why is there no bad odor here?” or “Why don't these dogs smell/have a doggy odor?” Try our diet plan for your pets and you will see great overall health, beautiful coats, no mange or skin problems and dogs that don't stink.
Premium dog foods have been formulated using only fresh, natural, whole ingredients from each of the five food groups. Naturally nutritious fresh chicken and turkey meat, plus high quality chicken meal, provide the foundation for great taste. But we didn't stop there. Fresh whole milk, cottage cheese and whole clove garlic add natural vitamins and flavor. Alfalfa sprouts help satisfy your pet's natural urge to graze. Natural cold-pressed sunflower oil provides the high quality fatty acids needed for healthy skin and a shiny hair coat.
Premium dog foods recipes are based on the most advanced research in animal health. The latest findings in orthomolecular medicine (the study of optimal amounts of substances, especially vitamins, found in the body to achieve optimal health) convinced us to increase the levels of disease fighting antioxidants - Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E - in premium dog food formula.
Some premium dog food is preserved naturally with vitamins C and E. Nothing else.
Farm Fresh Ingredients
Premium dog foods contains only fresh, natural, whole ingredients from each of the five major food groups - providing a balanced, nutritious and varietal diet for your pet. Innovative cooking methods combine fresh turkey and chicken meat, fresh fruit and vegetables and a variety of natural whole ground grains to create pet foods unequaled in healthful, nutritional benefits.
Health Foods from the Basic 5
Pet foods prepared with a wide variety of healthful ingredients come from each of the five basic food groups: fresh lean meats, wholesome fruits and vegetables, natural whole grains, vitamin-rich potatoes, milk and cottage cheese.
Dairy: Cottage cheese provides plenty of nutrient-rich calcium, protein, Vitamins A and D, and B Vitamins.
Protein: Protein is an integral part of your pet's diet. And fresh turkey, chicken and herring meats bring more to the food dish than just good flavor - they are lean, excellent sources of protein. High quality meat protein provides all the essential amino acids required for the proper nutrition of both dogs and cats.
Vegetables: A bounty of fresh vegetables are found in premium pet foods: carrots, Idaho potatoes, alfalfa sprouts and whole clove Gilroy-grown garlic (high in selenium). These vegetables add the antioxidant vitamins A and C, carbohydrates, fiber and various minerals to the diet. And because these vegetables are fresh, whole, and not pre-processed, the flavors and most of the important nutrients - including the "protector" antioxidants - are locked in.
Fruits: There's now a new twist to the old axiom about apples: "An apple a day keeps the veterinarian away". Apples - and the nutrients in them - help your pet stay healthy. The fresh, whole apples used in some top premium pet foods provide important "protector" nutrients, as well as plenty of carbohydrates and fiber, essential for your pet's good health. The antioxidant Vitamin C helps to form healthy new cells and heal wounds. Potassium promotes neuromuscular development. The antioxidants beta-carotene and Vitamin A aid in good vision, bone and tooth development, and building resistance to infections.
Grains: All of the grains in most premium pet foods are natural whole grains, not grain fractions such as bran, gluten, flour, etc. Healthful whole grains are important sources of B Vitamins, carbohydrates, iron, fiber, and selenium. Nutritious barley and brown/white rice provide important complex carbohydrates to support pet activity and exercise.