If you read my blog regularly, then you already know that I am lucky enough to eat yummy food pretty much every day. I like to extend this luxury to my pets as well, because they are basically my children and I want them to live a long life! Sake, my shih-tzu, was on a RAW diet (raw meat, bones, cartilage, and veggies) the first two years of his life and I credit this diet for keeping him extremely healthy.
Most shih-tzus develop allergies and have skin issues, but he has yet to have any problems! Yay!
Nina is a mixed breed shelter pup and is hearty and healthy despite her love of eating anything and everything in sight (aluminum foil, wood, carpet, toilet paper, candle wax…you name it..)
(Aren’t they just ridiculously cute!?)
I feed them a lot of meat, veggies, and fruit as a part of their diet, but I also feed them dry dog food because it’s simply less time consuming.
But, I don’t feed them crap dog food. I feed them the best I can buy.
And this means high quality ingredients, low or no grain (dog’s have no ancestral need for grains) high meat content, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and fish oil.
And yeah, it’s kind of expensive.
But these two dogs are my kids.
It’s amazing and they love it so much they do back flips when it’s time to eat.
I rotate between feeding them Evo Red Meat Small Bite:
And Orijen 6-Fish Formula:
The Orijen 6-fish formula is in my opinion, the best dry dog food on the market.
The list of ingredients reads better than my typical day of nutrient intake.
(Fresh deboned salmon, salmon meal, herring meal, russet potato, fresh deboned lake whitefish, sweet potato, peas, salmon oil (preserved with vitamin E), fresh deboned walleye, fresh deboned herring, sun-cured alfalfa, fresh deboned flounder, fresh deboned lake trout, dehydrated organic kelp, pumpkin, carrots, spinach, turnip greens, apples, cranberries, saskatoon berries, black currants, choline chloride, psyllium, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile flowers, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary, sea salt, vitamin supplements (vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, vitamin C, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12), mineral supplements (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium), dried Lactobacillus acidophilus product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product.)
See? That’s great stuff in there. No chicken fat filler, corn meal filler, Wheat gluten, or any other BS dogs don’t need. It’s stuff they would find in the wild if they weren’t snuggling me on the sofa.
That price tag is for the 15 lb vacuum sealed bag from the only local dog boutique I know of in Nashville that sells it.
I’m sure you can also order it online, but I get mine here because I also love to support my local business owners!
Wags & Whiskers: http://www.wagsandwhiskersnashville.com/
I worked at a veterinarian office for a couple of years and learned a lot about canine nutrition and holistic approaches to medicine and diet. I know that some people can feed their dog’s purina dog chow and pop tarts and whatever they want and still have their dog live to be 17, but I strongly believe that my dogs will live long and happy lives eating food that truly nourishes them.
I am so lucky to have had the experience working at the Animal Hospital because I was able to see how amazing things can happen to animals if you alter their diet.
Dogs would come in losing teeth, hair, and itching like crazy. After adjusting their food to something comparable Evo or Orijen and adding raw meat, cartilage, bones, and fish oil, these sick dogs would come back 6 weeks later looking like champions. It was truly astounding to see.
Here is a close-up of the Orijen 6-fish formula kibble:
I even enlisted my brave boyfriend to taste-test the kibble. He said it was okay, but weird.
Yeah, it’s dog food.
I also try to switch up their food every few months from the 6 fish formula to the red meat Orijen offering or even the Evo (if they are out of Orijen for some reason).
I think my dogs like the variety as well.
(I can usually tell by the obsessive humping of the dog food bag)
I also get these amazing RAW bones at Wags & Whiskers!
(They are located in the back freezer by the doggy wash bathtubs)
These are so good for fulfilling chewing urges and cleaning your pup’s teeth!
They come in different sizes, there are 4-8 bones per bag depending on the size.
Priced at Wags & Whiskers for $6.99-$8.99
Hug and kiss your pups and FEED THEM WELL!!