We all want to do what’s best for out pets, but many times we miss the mark. And when it comes to quality dog food, we miss the mark more often, due to flashy advertising. We think that all of the dog foods we see at the grocery store are good for our dogs. We never think to look at the ingredients.
Most dog foods found at the grocery store fall far short of actually being healthy for your dog. Sure they can live on them, even for their entire lives. But they tend to have more medical issues, and problems than if they had been fed a non-grain based, non highly processed dog food.
For many years I fed my dogs commercial dog food. Purina Dog Chow was my go to food. When two of our Big Boys started having skin issues, right about the time I was also getting involved in animal rescue. I started reading up everything I could find on dogs. That included reading about dog food. And I realized I was feeding my dogs mostly corn, and other not very nutritional things. That didn’t seem right.
I needed a quality dog food that was convenient.
I started doing my research. And although a homemade diet is probably best for them, I needed the convenience of an already prepared quality dog food. And one that didn’t need to be shipped to me, or refrigerated. With my ever changing pack, it just makes life easier if the dog food is easily accessible.
One of my rescue friends pointed me towards the Dog Food Advisor website. After going through all of the brands that were available to me locally, I finally found a 4 star brand, 4Health available at Tractor Supply, that would fit our needs. And it had no recalls listed for it in years. Five stars dog food is not readily available in our rural area, unfortunately. Wal-mart and Tractor Supply are the most prominent stores in our area, and there’s one of each in each of the towns surrounding our rural area. Pet stores such as PetSmart are hours away from me. Not exactly a quick trip to the store.
The benefits of switching to a quality dog food.
But even switching from a one star dog food, to a higher quality dog food, that rated four stars, made a big difference in their lives. We alternate bags of chicken and rice, and salmon and potato. They like both flavors, but refuse to eat the lamb and rice variety.
Woobie no longer needed daily allergy medicine, even in pollen season.
Chewy and Ozzy’s dry flaky skin started to clear up, and they didn’t seem so itchy anymore.
They all quit getting gassy, which was definitely a plus.
Everyone’s coats got shinier and softer.
Ozzy hasn’t had a bladder infection since we switched, and even his arthritis got somewhat better. It didn’t go away totally, but we didn’t expect food to fix that. He’s had a previous neck injury, from before we rescued him, that is the main contributor to that.
Almost everyone was down to a good body score, from being slightly overweight, within one year of switching brands.
They have more energy. (Although that’s not always a good thing with my hyper terriers.)
We’ve been feeding the better quality dog food for five years now, and have had almost no sick dog vet appointments. We’ve had a few porcupine incident, and a few injuries. But only one sick dog visit, for cancer. It’s been almost two years now, and Chewy is doing great though. His cancer hasn’t returned, and he’s a healthy active almost 10 yr old dog.
Although the better quality dog food, is a bit more expensive, it’s still quite affordable, and I believe it’s actually saved us money on vet bills.