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Choosing The Right Food | Guest Post | GBGV

April 5, 2013

Today I am featuring a guest post from Justin Poore. He is an avid dog lover, owner of an adorable little black lab named Lexi and a promoter of people helping their dogs live an active and healthy lifestyle. Justin has contributed to several dog blogs and while he does not call himself an expert, he has done a lion’s share of research on what is healthy for pets and how living a healthy lifestyle can improve health for both pets and owners.

Avoid Choosing the Wrong Dog Foods With These 4 Tips!

Bowl on CounterWalking down the pet food aisle these days can be a scary endeavor. It seems that every month I see another product being recalled for contaminated food, salmonella, or any number of other problems. Products are telling me they are healthy and natural when that’s really not the case. Even packaging that says, “USA” on the front has small print on the back that says, “Made in China”. I don’t know about you, but I was tired of not knowing who to trust and what food were really the best for my little furry companion.

After doing research, talking to my vet and reading from experts, I found some great resources and tips to help you navigate the world of dog foods. The first was I found this great Free eBook from the K9 Wellness Association! The book entitled: The Beginner’s Guide to The Best All-Natural Dog Products , is an easy read that explains what a dog’s diet should look like, where modern dog foods have gone wrong, and how the right foods can keep your dog happy and healthy.

Click here to get the free eBook

Another great tool I found was an article on how to read a pet food label from Paw Nation. This article showed me how read the label and not just the brand name.  I learned which ingredients to say yes to, and which to be cautious of  Read the Article Here.

The 4 Tips to Choosing the right Food:

After all my research it was pretty clear what was best for my dog, and what to look out for on food labels. So I decided why not share some tips that will help you the next time you’re in the pet food aisle!

Tip #1: Consult Your Vet

Before you make any changes to your pet’s diet, check with the doctor. Your vet is a great resource because he knows what your dog’s special needs are, and can recommend products and ingredients to meet those needs.

Dog with MeatTip #2: Choose Real Meat vs. By-Product

Foods made with any kind of by-product should definitely be avoided. These by-products are cheaper alternatives, and while you might save a few bucks, it could be at the cost of your pet’s health. Always go with high quality products.

Tip #3: Avoid Fillers

“Fillers” are products that do just that, they fill your dog up. However, the problem is that dogs have a hard time digesting these, and they can be a key cause of empty calories and obesity. These include: Grains, Preservatives, Chemicals, Sugars, Artificial ingredients, and more.

CarrotTip #4: Go All-Natural and Human Grade

Choosing certified all-natural and human grade products is one of the best moves you can make for your dog. These products are designed to work with your dog’s body and meet their daily needs for energy, growth, and overall well-being. Plus by being certified human grade, you know it’s not harmful to your pets. One product that the free eBook turned me on to was Bailey’s Blend. They have a touching story on how they got started, and some great testimonials. You really can’t go wrong with all-natural.

If you have some great tips on what healthy products you like, or any tips of your own, please comment and give us your take!

28 Comments leave one →
  1. Roxy the Traveling Dog permalink
    April 5, 2013 07:59

    We eat grain free, all natural, human grade. I guess we have all the bases covered.

  2. goldenwoofs permalink
    April 5, 2013 08:32

    Woof! Woof! choosing the right food is very important and the AMOUNT too. Due to my allergies my dog food is grain free. I only get my grains from treats (homemade by mom). Lots of Golden woofs, Sugar

    • April 5, 2013 08:43

      Lots of my friends have special diets. I eat pretty much anything but stay away from additives and stuff from China when I can.

  3. Elvis permalink
    April 5, 2013 09:34

    Great advise! Love you!!

  4. April 5, 2013 12:49

    Wonderful tips! Finding a good food that fits the needs of your dog can be tough but all the research is so worth it!

  5. April 5, 2013 12:53

    Well I think we’re doing good, we love our food, and I’m pretty sure it is healthy!

  6. April 5, 2013 16:54

    Excellent article! For years, I have been advising my clients to spend the money on good food for their dogs and forego the supermarket aisle. Thanks for bringing even more awareness to this.

    • April 6, 2013 06:28

      I always tell people that they have to feed so much of that bad cheap stuff they come out almost even since you don’t need to feed that much of the good food.

  7. April 5, 2013 19:52

    Great tips and good post!

  8. April 6, 2013 05:35

    Interesting. We feed the food that works the best for our dogs and their active lifestyles. 🙂

    • April 6, 2013 06:29

      Everyone has to find the right food for their own dogs!

      • April 6, 2013 07:00

        The hard part if finding one food for three…lol.

      • April 6, 2013 09:48

        We have 2 and different food…not easy! Even the two cats have different food.

  9. Eve's Dad permalink
    April 6, 2013 14:07

    We feed “Chicken Soup For The Dog Lover’s Soul” canned for the wet for our PBGV All About Eve. We found it because our former terrier mix got sick, lost a lot of weight and we brought her back for a while by feeding this good stuff. (She was 16 and made it to 17 with lymphoma)

    • April 6, 2013 14:29

      Wow, that is a good age, although it is never long enough. Mom looked it up online, looks like they sell it right up the street from us in dry also. We never have wet food, mom likes dry. We will look into it. Thanks for sharing.

  10. April 7, 2013 10:34

    Excellent advice! Buying dog food sure can be a mine-field.

  11. mollieandalfie permalink
    April 7, 2013 11:34

    We have found the right Kibble (yuk ) it makes my coat nice and shiny it has natural ingredients, costs a lot but then I’m worth it 🙂 Have a wonderful Sunday xx00xxx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • April 7, 2013 11:56

      My mom says that you don’t save buying cheap bad food because us pets would get sick and have a ton of vet bills!

  12. April 8, 2013 20:26

    I have friends that have used Bailey’s Blend for their pets who have had serious chronic illnesses and they have had miracles. Full recovery. That is a great product!

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