Dog Food

Selecting A Dog Food For Your Dog

In the past most people never even questioned what was in the dog food that they were feeding their dog.  Things have changed a lot and dog food is big business.  There are more people in the world now that have dogs and they aren’t just working dogs that protect our property, they are our family members. We want to pay for good nutritional dog food and not the dog food of the past that was made from animal by-products and shoe leather.

No Grain & Holistic dog food is available now and many people know you have a choice on what you feed your dog.  But there is still a lot of recommended dog food out there that uses animal by-products and fillers (corn/corn mill/maze & wheat).  The more natural the dog food the better.

An American Veterinary Medical Association study published in the 2010 Journal concluded that dogs are unable to properly digest most grains.  Worst are any raw grains, but dogs can digest some starchy grains that have been converted by cooking.  They note that rice is a better option than corn or wheat.  Food allergies are one argument for choosing a grain-free diet as well.  Some dogs cannot tolerate cereal grains and have ear infections or lick themselves incessantly, as their allergic reaction can be different for each dog.  Wheat and corn are both common canine allergens. Chicken and eggs byproducts can be problematic for some dogs too.  Some food allergies can be developed over time or even hereditary.  Dogs with diabetes could potentially benefit from a grain-free diet.  High carbohydrate foods cause high blood-sugar fluctuations and insulin resistance.  If a dog is fed a proper dog food, with no fillers or animal by-products, they will get the nutrition they need and eat less dog food as well as poop less.

What are animal by-products?  You may already know that they are slaughterhouse waste.  Everything that is left over from the chicken/beef etc. that is not consumed by humans.  So by-products are feathers, beaks, chicken legs, skin, hide, hooves, hair, fat, grizzle etc.  It doesn’t sound very good for you, so why would these dog food companies use animal by-products.  It is because we have not complained and stopped buying their dog food.

Also just because a Veterinarian tells you that a dog food is good or a pet shop assistant tells you it is ok to feed your dog, it doesn’t make it true.  You must do your research.  Ask yourself “would I eat this?”

Corn/ground yellow corn/corn meal, maze are all filler, it goes through your stomach and is not digested properly and the same goes for your dogs stomach.  There is almost no nutritional value to it.  It is full of carbohydrate, fats, starches and calories which are not good for us or our dogs.

Sorghum is also not good for your dog, it is a starchy cereal grain with a nutrient profile similar to corn.

Fish meal is commonly made by the by-products of commercial fish operations (bones, guts & skin).

Chicken/beef flavour contains (MSG) in something they add to some dog food and it is just more chemicals for our dogs to get sick from.

Brewer’s Yeast is loaded with highly digestible protein with an exceptional amino acid balance and contains an abundance of natural minerals and vitamins, especially B Complex Vitamins (except B12).  Brewer’s dried yeast helps the digestive system work at peak efficiency, allowing your pet to get even more nutrition from their dog food.

Canola oil may sound good.  Each canola seed is planted with chemical fertilizer in order to grow, then more chemical is poured on to get rid of the weeds, then more chemical to get rid of the bugs that eat the canola leaves.  Does it sound healthy now?  All that chemical goes into the seed pod which is turned in to canola oil.

The ingredients on every dog food package, are always listed with the ingredient with the highest amount first and the least amount very last.

Below are some dog food ingredients and brand names.  Choose for yourself if you would like to eat the ingredients or not.  A balanced nutritional dog food is what I want to feed my dogs, I feed my dogs “Now” dog food. Remember the old saying “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT”.

I feed my dogs “Now” dog/puppy food and recommend it to any one that is looking for a healthy change in their dog’s diet.

EVO Red Meat Dry Dog Food Large & Small Bites

Ingredients – Beef, Lamb Meal, Potatoes, Egg, Sunflower Oil, Buffalo, Lamb, Venison, Herring Oil, Natural Flavors, Apples, Carrots, Tomatoes, Alfalfa Sprouts, Cottage Cheese, Potassium Chloride, Vitamins, Minerals, Dried Chicory Root, Direct-Fed Microbials.

Honest Kitchen Embark Grain-Free Dehydrated Dog Food

Ingredients – 100% Human Food Grade USDA Turkey, Organic Flaxseed, Potatoes, Celery, Spinach, Carrots, Coconut, Apples, Kelp, Eggs, Sesame Seeds, Bananas, Cranberries, Rosemary, Vitamins and Minerals: Tricalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide, Potassium Chloride, Copper Amino Acid Chelate.

Original Raw Food Diets

Chicken

Ingredients – Antibiotic-free chicken necks & frames, antibiotic-free chicken, antibiotic-free chicken organs (hearts, gizzards, liver), green beans, acorn squash, broccoli.

Beef

Ingredients – Grass-fed beef, grass-fed beef bone, grass-fed beef heart, yellow squash, turnips, celery, grass-fed beef liver, grass-fed beef kidney.

Castor & Pollux Organix Canine Organic Dry Dog Food

Ingredients – Organic Chicken, Chicken Meal, Organic Brown Rice, Organic Peas, Organic Millet, Organic Oats, Salmon Meal, Chicken Fat Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols (a natural source of Vitamin E), Natural Chicken Flavor, Organic Quinoa, Organic Dried Eggs, Organic Flaxseed, Organic Apples, Organic Broccoli, Organic Carrots, Organic Pumpkin, Organic Pears, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite,Calcium Iodate), Salt, Organic Dried Blackberries, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2 Polyphosphate, Vitamin B12 Supplement,Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Glucosamine Hydrochloride,Chondroitin Sulfate, Yeast Culture (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillusniger Fermentation Extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis, Fermentation Solubles, Rosemary Extract.

Wellness CORE Grain-Free Dry Cat Food

Ingredients – Deboned Turkey, Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whitefish Meal, Potatoes, Salmon Meal, Natural Chicken Flavor. Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a natural source of Vitamin E), Tomato Pomace, Cranberries, Chicory Root Extract, Salmon Oil, Flaxseed, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement), Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Enterococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus Casei, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Rosemary Extract.

“Now” Adult Dry Dog Food

Ingredients – De-boned turkey, potato flour, pea, apple, whole dried egg, pea fibre, tomato, potato, flaxseed, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E) , natural flavors, salmon, de-boned duck, sun dried alfalfa, coconut oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), carrots, pumpkin, bananas, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit, lentil beans, broccoli, spinach, cottage cheese, alfalfa sprouts, dried kelp, flaxseed, calcium carbonate, dicalcium phosphate, lecithin, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, vitamins: (vitamin E supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vit. C), niacin, inositol, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, beta-carotene, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement) , minerals: (zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, iron proteinate, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), taurine, DL-methionine, L-Lysine, chicory root extract, lactobacillus acidophilus, lactobacillus casei, enterococcus faecium, bifido bacterium thermophilum, dried aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, yeast extract, yucca schidigera extract, marigold extract, garlic powder, L-carnitine, dried rosemary.

Iams® Premium Protection™ Puppy

Chicken, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Meal, Brewers Rice, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Dried Beet Pulp, Fish Meal, Chicken Flavor, Dried Egg Product, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Fructooligosaccharides, Monosodium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Vitamin E Supplement, DL-Methionine, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamins (Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Rosemary Extract.

Iams® Premium Protection™ Adult Dog

Chicken By-Product Meal (Natural source of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine), Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Fish Meal (source of fish oil), Chicken, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Flavor, Dried Egg Product, Potassium Chloride, Brewers Dried Yeast, Salt, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Fructooligosaccharides, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Calcium Carbonate, Flax Meal, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Vitamin E Supplement, Dried Chicken Cartilage (Natural source of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine), DL-Methionine, Vitamins (Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Beta-Carotene, L-Carnitine, Marigold, Citric Acid, Rosemary Extract.

Techni-Cal Dog Food (Dry)

Ingredients: Chicken meal, brown rice, wheat, rice, barley, chicken fat, corn gluten meal, dried beet pulp, natural flavour, flaxseed, dried brewers yeast, tomato pomace, potassium chloride, salt, salmon oil, canola oil, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, taurine, vitamins [vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin D3, niacin, vitamin C, inositol, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, beta-carotene, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, vitamin K, biotin, vitamin B12], glucosamine, hydrochloride, trace minerals [zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, iron proteinate, zinc oxide, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], chondroitin sulfate, yucca shidigera extract, preserved with natural tocopherols, rosemary extract and citric acid.

Horizon Complete (Dry)

Ingredients: Chicken meal, whole grain barley, whole grain oats, chicken, whole grain rye, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, source of vitamin E,) pea fibre, flaxseed, egg product, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols, source of vitamin E), carrots, apples, alfalfa meal, calcium carbonate, broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, blueberries, l-lysine, choline, salt, dicalcium phosphate, fructooligosaccharides, dl-methionine, dried saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation extract, Yucca schidigera extract, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, pineapple, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, dried Rhizopus oryzae fermentation extract, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium bifidum fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride thiamine mononitrate, d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), ferrous sulphate, iron proteinate, zinc sulphate, zinc proteinate, manganous oxide, maganese proteinate, copper sulphate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, magnesium oxide.

Wellness Simple Food Solutions (Dry)

Ingredients: Ground rice, duck, rice protein concentrate, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a natural source of vitamin E), tomato pomace, natural duck flavor, potassium choloride, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, beta-carotene, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin, vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, proteinate, zinc sulfate, iron proteinate, ferrous sulfate, cooper sulfate, cooper proteinate, manganese proteinate, manganese sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), choline chloride, taurine.

ACANA (Wild Prairie)

Ingredients – Chicken meal, russet potato, boneless chicken, boneless walleye, whitefish meal, peas, chicken fat (naturally preserved with vitamin E), sun-cured alfalfa, chicken liver, boneless Lake Whitefish*, whole eggs, salmon oil, sweet potato, pumpkin, spinach, turnip greens, tomatoes, carrots, apples, organic kelp, cranberries, blueberries, juniper berries, black currants, chicory root, licorice root, engelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile flowers, lavender flowers, summer savory, rosemary, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, zinc proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, vitamin B5, iron proteinate, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, selenium, dried Lactobacillus acifophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product. ACANA’s whitefish meal contains wild-caught flounder, halibut and cod.Pacifica.

ACANA (Grasslands)

Ingredients – Boneless lamb, lamb meal, salmon meal, herring meal, russet potato, peas, chicken fat (preserved with vitamin E), sweet potatoes , boneless walleye, sun-cured alfalfa, natural lamb flavor, boneless duck, whole eggs, pumpkin, spinach, turnip greens, tomatoes, carrots, apples, organic kelp, cranberries, blueberries, juniper berries, black currants, chicory root, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile flowers, lavender flowers, summer savory, rosemary, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, zinc proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, vitamin B5, iron proteinate, vitamin B6, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, selenium, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product.

 Hill’s Prescription Diet I/D Canine (Dry)

Ingredients: Ground whole grain corn, brewers rice, dried egg product, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, pork fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), powdered cellulose, dicalcium phosphate, chicken liver flavor, iodized salt, potassium citrate, choline chloride, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, dried beet pulp, soybean oil, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin a supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), taurine, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), phosphoric acid, preserved with mixed tocopherols & citric acid, rosemary extract.

Eagle Pack Reduced Fat Formula (Dry)

Ingredients: Ground yellow corn, ground brown rice, pork meal, oatmeal, dried beet pulp, chicken meal, chicken fat (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols), dried egg product, anchovy & sardine meal, flaxseed, wheat germ meal, brewers dried yeast, potassium chloride, carrots, peas, inulin, dl-methionine, vitamins [vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, niacin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), biotin], minerals [polysaccharide complexes of zinc, iron, manganese and copper, cobalt carbonate, potassium iodate, sodium selenite], choline chloride, dried kelp, lecithin, rosemary extract, glucosamine hydrochloride, Yucca schidigera extract, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Enterococcus faecium, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus licheniformis, Aspergillus oryzae and Aspergillus niger fermentation products, mixed tocopherols (a natural preservative).

Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food (Dry)

Ingredients: Ground yellow corn, wheat middlings, soybean meal, meat and bone meal, animal fat (preserved with BHA and citric acid), salt, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, niacin, copper sulfate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, manganous oxide, D-calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), riboflavin supplement, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, folic acid, vitamin D supplement, cobalt carbonate.

Ol’ Roy Dog Food (Dry)

Ingredients: Ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, soybean meal, chicken by-product meal, wheat middlings, animal fat [preserved with BHA and citric acid], natural flavor, brewers rice, salt, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, color added [red #40, yellow #5, blue #2], zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, niacin, copper sulfate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, manganous oxide, calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfite complex, vitamin k, riboflavin supplement, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, cobalt carbonate.

Royal Canin Adult Dog food

Ingredients:
Corn (filler), chicken mealbrewers rice (filler) corn gluten meal (filler), chicken fat (filler & lots of calories), brown rice (filler), oat groats, soy protein isolate, natural flavours, dried beet pulp, fish oil, vegetable oil, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, sodium silico aluminate, fructo-oligosaccharides, sodium tripolyphosphate, taurine, salt, DL-methionine, choline chloride, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), inositol, niacin supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), D-calcium pantothenate, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A acetate, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], trace minerals (zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), glucosamine hydrochloride, marigold extract (Tagetes erecta L.), L-carnitine, green tea extract, chondroitin sulfate, rosemary extract, preserved with natural mixed tocopherols and citric acid. 

The Choice is up to you now.