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(Excerpt from Proactive Puppy Care: Preventing Puppy Problems)

Healthy Dog Food and Proper Weight   I am sure you have heard the old saying, “You are what you eat.” I have no doubt that this holds true for both humans and our canine friends. Choosing the correct dog food for your puppy can be very confusing, and if you ask five friends and five vets what a healthy dog food contains, you will likely get ten different answers. So let us look at the six main categories of dog food, or dog’s diet: dry, freeze-dried, roll, canned, raw and home cooked. Then we will discuss how to read a dog food label, and what kinds of ingredients your puppy needs to thrive.

Dry dog food is by far the most popular category in the pet food industry. There is no doubt that dry food is very convenient and can range in price from cheap to quite expensive. Dry dog foods tend to be high in carbohydrates, which then turn into sugars when digested. Another down side in a dry dog food is that the high temperatures used in the manufacturing process make the food less digestible and nutritious for your dog.   This processing takes out almost all the moisture in the food. Moisture in your dog’s diet is important to prevent dehydration, kidney disease, organ function, and proper digestion. Adding water to the dry food will not provide your dog with adequate moisture.   Dry dog food does not typically help with dental care since a dog tends to gobble up his food instead of chewing. Moisture in your dog’s diet is important to prevent dehydration, kidney disease, organ function, and proper digestion. Adding water to the dry food will not provide your dog with adequate moisture. Dry dog food does not typically help with dental care since a dog tends to gobble up his food instead of chewing.

Dehydrated or freeze-dried dog food is another dog food category that is pretty convenient to give. The manufacturing process uses lower heat than dry, which helps maintain the nutritional value of the dog food.   However, once again the moisture is taken out of the product, so if you are using this product make sure you add enough water to fully re-hydrate.

Dog food rolls can either come in a refrigerated variety or one that can stay at room temperature prior to opening.   Dog food rolls are less processed and at lower temperatures, which helps preserve the nutritional value. Rolls are also higher in moisture content than dry or dehydrated.

Canned dog food tends to use a lower temperature and is less processed than dry dog food. Again, the lower temperature processing keeps more of its nutritional value. Canned food is also high in moisture.

Raw dog food can come in a prepackaged patty, frozen, or made at home. A prepackaged raw diet is nutritionally balanced with little or no preservatives. Since the diet is raw, it has not been processed and keeps all of the nutrition and moisture of the food unless it is a dehydrated raw. If you provide your own fresh raw diet, you are able to customize the ingredients to meet your dog’s needs. You will however need to ensure that the diet is balanced and add vitamins and minerals.

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Home cooked dog food is truly a customized diet for your dog’s specific needs. This diet will be high in moisture, and nutritional value, will not be processed and will not contain any preservatives. If you choose organic ingredients, you can also ensure that the food is pesticide and chemical free. This diet will also need to be balanced and have added vitamins and minerals.

Reading a dog food label can be confusing and time-consuming, but is truly imperative if you want to provide a high quality, nutritionally rich dog food. Minimally the first 3-5 ingredients listed should be a named meat source such as salmon, turkey, chicken or lamb. The more muscle meat, the better. “Meat,” “animal,” or “fish” is not a named meat. Meals such as chicken meal are highly processed and may or may not contain skin and bones. Grains such as oats, quinoa (actually a fruit) and brown rice are not bad as some marketers may lead you to believe. However, ideally they will not make up the majority of your ingredients. Fruits and vegetables should make up the other portion of your dog’s food.

My personal top 11 ingredients that should NOT be in dog food or treats:

  1. Flavors of any kind, natural or artificial-No artificial or natural “flavors” of any kind. If it says, “flavor” in the ingredient list, back on the shelf it goes. It is not real food. And if it is not a real food ingredient, it does not have a place in my dog’s treat or dog food.
  2. Sugar of any kind including high corn fructose, corn syrup or cane sugar-Added sugar or high corn fructose is just adding empty calories. Not only are these ingredients bad for your puppy’s health, they will also hop him up, and your puppy can become hyperactive.
  3. Sorbitol-A sugar commonly found in berries, but it is prepared synthetically, so it is now a synthetic ingredient.
  4. By-products or digest-I can not think of one reason that a by-product or digest would be in a dog treat or dog food. If you are looking to provide healthy food and products for your puppy, something that is left on the floor of some meat manufacturing plant should not make the cut. And these products can even be carcasses from veterinarian practices! That is a pretty scary thought.
  5. Coloring, artificial or natural-Why would a pet treat manufacturer put dye or coloring in a dog’s treat?       To please the consumer’s eyes, of course. This is not necessary in a food item, especially when the coloring is artificial. Artificial anything is a chemical process and has a long list of possible side effects. “Natural food coloring” is not any better.       If the ingredient list does not list specifically what the coloring agent is, then natural can be made by things like bugs and rocks.
  6. Animal fat or anything “animal” or “meat”-Can you picture the animal when you read “animal” or “meat”? I would venture to say no. If the listing is that vague, it means that anything can be in the bag. A meat should list what kind of meat such as chicken, beef, or lamb.
  7. Chemical Preservatives-Chemical preservatives of any kind should be avoided. Healthy does not equate to chemicals. No BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene), BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole), Ethoxyquin, TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone), Propyl Gallate, Propylene Glycol or Sodium Nitrite should be in your puppy’s treats or food. BHA, BHT and Ethoxyquin are banned in human foods.
  8. Corn, wheat, or soy-A lot of dogs are allergic, or have a low tolerance to these ingredients.       Excessive soy may contain estrogen that might provide some estrogen-like activity in your dog and contribute to slightly lower thyroid hormone levels.14 Why risk it?
  9. Glycerin, vegetable glycerin or glycerol-Glycerin or glycerol can actually be produced as a by-product of diesel fuel. It will be unlikely you will know the difference from reading the ingredient list (although vegetable glycerin is plant based, not from fuel). This is an ingredient in dog treats that helps make a treat soft and sugary. It is not uncommon for dogs to get a big case of diarrhea from eating treats or food with this ingredient.
  10. Binders such as agar agar, cassie gum (gum Arabic), guar gum, tapioca, gluten, xanthan gum, and carrageenan can block your dog’s intestines and even their esophagus while eating. These binders often cause gas and diarrhea. High doses have also been linked to gastrointestinal inflammation and colon cancer.
  11. Added salt, regular or sea salt-Every living creature needs sodium in their diet, but too much can cause problems such as seizures, diarrhea, and extra water intake. A lot of foods have naturally-occurring sodium, so you do not need extra salt added to treats or dog food. However, salt is a natural preservative, so this alone would not rule out a dog food or treat for me if I could not find a better selection and this is the only not-so-favorable ingredient.
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My philosophy is that a dog needs a high meat diet with fresh, whole foods and a lot of moisture. I typically shoot for about 75% meat. I personally home cook for my dog Dexter, using as many organic ingredients as possible. Home cooking for your puppy does not have to be complicated, but you do need to ensure that you are providing a balanced diet over time and supplementing with the appropriate vitamins and minerals. For more information on how to start a home cooked diet for your puppy, you can purchase my book What’s For Dinner, Dexter? Cooking For Your Dog Using Chinese Medicine Theory.

You will need to consult with a veterinary food therapist to learn how to balance the phosphorus and calcium for a puppy.

(Excerpt from Proactive Puppy Care: Preventing Puppy Problems)


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I know, I missed it.  Dexter The Dog and I headed for Vermont the last week in October and I just was not able to get this post finished before our departure. I hope you can forgive me and enjoy a belated National Cook for Your Pets Day. 🙂

Finally, a national holiday I can really celebrate! For National Cook for Your Pets Day, I thought it would be a good time to talk about people food vs. pet food. Is there a difference? Well, there actually is, but it may not be what you think. Pet food is considered animal feed and not fit for human consumption. And you may think a named meat such as “chicken” means that meat was handled properly and your dog is getting a high-quality cut of meat, but that may not be the case. Most pet food manufacturers use leftovers from the human food industry, such as out-of-date meat and remainder parts such as beaks, feathers, and fat. Even meat from animals referred to as 4D – dead, dying, diseased and disabled – is fair game. And please don’t even consider food that says “meat” or “animal,” because this can include road kill, euthanized cats and dogs, and zoo animals. Now, that does not mean ALL pet food manufacturers are using awful waste materials like these, but most are, so do your research if you are feeding your beloved pet processed pet food.

So just how does a dedicated pet parent provide the best food for your cats or dogs? My first suggestion is to make your own home-cooked pet food or home-prepared raw diet. My second is to find one of the very few pet food companies that use human-grade ingredients that contain mostly meat (75% or more) and ideally organic ingredients, or at least free of antibiotics and hormones. Researching how to safely cook for your pet or how to find the best food company does take time, effort, and energy, but aren’t your pets worth it? I think so.

Need a little inspiration?  Check out the Pet Nutrition page for dog and cat recipes.


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One of my biggest soap boxes is for people to read the entire ingredient panel on products. It doesn’t matter what the product is: pet food, dog treats, pet shampoo, our shampoo, or even the menu from a fast food restaurant. Knowing all the ingredients inside a product is the first step in determining if that product is healthy or something you want to consume, feed your pet, or use on your pet or yourself. If the ingredient panel checks out, the next step is the quality of those ingredients, and they can vary greatly.

For an example, let’s look at a fictitious dog treat ingredient panel. Ingredients: Beef liver, apples and carrots. At first glance, this would be a treat I would feel comfortable giving Dexter. There are only three ingredients, those ingredients are named ie. BEEF liver, not ‘liver’ or ‘meat/animal.’ But I need to do a little more investigating to determine if this is going to be a healthy dog treat I would actually purchase. I will take my thought process one ingredient at a time.

Beef Liver. Again, it’s a named meat and part of the meat. It’s from a cow and it is the liver of a cow. This is good: no by-products or mystery meats. I know exactly what it is; I can visualize it. But I want to know HOW that cow was raised. Was this cow given growth hormones or antibiotics?

Did you know that it is estimated that 80 percent of all US cows are injected with growth hormones? Not to mention that large factory farm operations are injecting Monsanto’s genetically altered hormone rBGH or rBST. And the kicker? We are moving towards less and less required product labeling, which means as a consumer, we really have to get good at digging and finding the truth if we want to avoid hormones, antibiotics, or GMO ingredients.

Just say no to hormones. What makes growth hormones so bad? Added hormones have been linked to things such as developmental disabilities, reproductive issues, and breast and colon cancer, just to name a few. Not to mention that the hormone residue is leaking into our environment and contaminating our earth.

What about the use of antibiotics in the meat? Are you ready for this quote? “In 2011, drug manufacturers sold 29.9 million pounds of antibiotics for use on industrial farms, the highest amount ever reported and four times the amount sold to treat sick people.” One of the biggest concerns is that when an animal is given antibiotics, when we, or our pets, eat that animal, we are also ingesting those drugs. The more we have, the more we are developing resistance to that drug, and in turn, creating super bugs because a typical antibiotic will no longer “cure” us.

The other thing to consider when choosing a healthy meat is what that animal ate. Did that cow graze on pesticide or eat GMO corn? Or was he 100% free-range from start to finish? These are all things that I take into account when choosing a treat, food, or chew for Dexter The Dog and Nutter The Cat.

Now, what about those apples and carrots? I also want to know how they were grown. Were they genetically modified? Were they grown in a soil with pesticides or artificial fertilizers, and hit with radiation to kill bacteria? Once again, we are looking at an increase in cancer and birth defects with the use of pesticides and the like. Not to mention, that not using them increases the nutritional value of foods! For me, that means 100% organic fruits and vegetables are preferred for Dexter’s treats and necessary for Dexter’s food.

If a manufacturer is not required to label how their ingredients were raised or manufactured, how the heck can we know what we are feeding? I know, it’s tough. However, if a company is providing a product they know is superior, and those that are not using hormones, antibiotics or chemicals are making a conscious effort; they likely will promote it. Their label will probably say: hormone-free, antibiotic-free, organic, etc. If the label does not say that, you can hop over to their website to look, call, or email. But, I would venture to guess, if they don’t say hormone-free, they probably are using hormones. If the ingredient doesn’t say “organic apples” they are probably not organic.

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You may be thinking to yourself this is overkill, but I don’t agree. The health of my pets is a top priority and I take my job as their MOM seriously. When it comes time for me to give my pets a healthy pet treat, I look for organic and antibiotic- and hormone-free whenever possible. When I am feeding my pets and making a home-cooked meal, I always use antibiotic- and hormone-free meats, and get organic whenever possible. I am not going to risk their health by adding unnecessary and damaging meat that contains hormones or antibiotics. I want to provide them with the healthiest and safest food I possibly can. I try to eliminate as many unnecessary chemicals and preservatives as I possibly can. Their lives are too short as it is, and as the saying goes, you are what you eat.

By the way, I think it’s important for us to look at this for our own food products, too, not just the ones we are feeding our pets. We are what we eat, too!

Science News (January 2002) Hormones: Here’s The Beef

The Food Revolution Network (March 2014) Bovine Growth Hormone : Is rBST the same as rBGH?

Black, Jane: Prevention (February 2014) Why Are There Still So Many Antibiotics In America’s Meat?


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If you are anything like me, you want what is best for your dog. You search for the best natural dog food ingredients before you dish up your dog’s food. But trying to buy the best healthy natural dog food can be confusing. Maybe you are considering buying organic dog food. Just what exactly is the best dog food for sensitive stomachs?This page is not going to be a review of organic dog food, or to try to get you to buy a specific dog food brand, but to point you in the right direction on what kind of questions you should be asking yourself, or your dog’s veterinarian, or better yet, your dog’s veterinarian and a Certified Veterinary Food Therapist.

For a review of some nice dog foods and dog food mixes, visit our Product Review Page.

What does Natural mean anyway? It may not be as good as you had once thought. Meats can be treated with artificial growth hormones or a solution to add flavor and still labeled as ‘natural.’ They can contain antibiotics and other similar chemicals. FYI, the term “All Natural” is treated the same way as natural.

Why Organic dog food is better: Organic foods do not use harmful insecticides, fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, antibiotics, growth hormones, radiation, or other detrimental ingredients or practices. That said, you still need to be careful about labeling and read the ingredients carefully.

  • Organic: If an organic dog food is labeled “Organic” it only has to be 95% organic.
  • Made with organic ingredients: 70% organic ingredients
  • 100% Organic: 100%

So what do I feed my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? Why, I home cook for him using as much organic or wild-caught food as I can! How did I get started home-cooking healthy dog food for him?  Check out my book, What’s For Dinner, Dexter?


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I’m loving my life right about now. Ok, so it’s pretty good all the time. But today my friends at Stewart sent me a great feast to check out and review. And boy, does it smell tasty! They sent me my very own Raw Naturals by Stewart Freeze Dried Dog Food-Beef! Oh, yeah – that’s what I’m talking about! It’s time for a recap for those new to my blog and feeding your dog raw dog food. Here’s Mom’s conversation about guidelines with our veterinarian food therapist, Dr. Judy Morgan. I normally eat a home-cooked, primarily organic diet, so this is a bit of a change. Dr. Morgan believes the ingredients in Raw Naturals by Stewart Freeze Dried Dog Food-Beef are along the same lines I’m used to, and she didn’t think the fact that it was a raw diet would bother me. She just wanted to confirm that Mom would continue to give me my regular probiotics and supplements. You also want to remember raw food is like handling raw meat (it is the same thing after all), so you need to wash your hands and your dog bowl after eating.

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Ok, now that that is out of the way. Back to Stewart freeze dried dog foods. After Mom had read the instructions on the bag of Stewart Freeze Dried Dog Food, she realized feeding instructions were a bit different than what she’s been used to. Instead of mixing the freeze-dried beef with water, this freeze dried dog food was ready to eat as-is. That sounded good to me. The faster I can taste it, the better.

Mom started, of course, by offering me one piece of Stewart Freeze Dried Dog Food at a time. She sure does like to take her time about feeding me during my dog food reviews. Oh, but when I was finally able to wrap my mouth around this delight, it was worth the wait. The soft, crunchy texture was very nice. Not bad at all for a healthy dog food! After a few tastes, Mom put my portion into my dog bowl for me to eat like a real dog. Yum! Because Mom and I travel a lot out of town, we are always looking for an alternative, healthy ways to eat on the go. Raw Naturals by Stewart Freeze Dried Dog Food would be a great option. A bonus is that it is ready to eat, no water needed. However, we did try to add water to see what it did. It absorbed the water and got a bit softer, but wasn’t like a “stew,” so we’ll stick to feeding as instructed.

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It’s now time to check out what makes Raw Naturals by Stewart Freeze Dried Dog Food a healthy food choice for dogs. Stewart freeze-dried dog foods are grain and gluten free, complete and balanced for all life stages, contain all human-grade ingredients, are produced in the USA and SOURCED in the USA or New Zealand (lamb), have no added preservatives, are rich in antioxidants, and are prepared with whole meat, fruits, vegetables, and other natural ingredients.

Stewart’s raw diet uses high-pressure processing (HPP), a cold processing technique in which food is subjected to high levels of hydrostatic pressure. This non-thermal pasteurization process inactivates the growth and function of most bacteria that cause spoilage as well as pathogenic microorganisms such as listeria and salmonella. Now that’s some healthy dog food!

Raw Naturals by Stewart Freeze Dried Dog Food-Beef Ingredients: Beef, Beef Heart, Beef Liver, Ground Beef Bone, Broccoli, Carrots, Beef Kidney, Romaine Lettuce, Apples, Ground Flaxseed, Salmon Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Blueberry, Cranberry, Inulin, Dried Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Dried Ginger, Dried Parsley, Dried Garlic, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherols (as preservative), Vitamin D Supplement

Pros: Tasty, great for travel, made in the USA, all ingredients sourced in the USA or New Zealand (lamb), human grade ingredients, healthy dog food, a variety of flavors/proteins to choose from, ready to eat
Cons: Can’t think of any.

Raw Naturals by Stewart Freeze Dried Dog Food-Beef oh yes! Paws up!
Thank you so much, Stewart, for allowing me to try your great beef freeze dried formula.

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I have a big thank you going out to my friends at Sojos! They sent me some tasty delights this week to try out and review. Today it is all about Sojos Complete Turkey Dog Food Mix. Oh, I love me some turkey!

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Because this is a raw dog food, I want to recap Mom’s conversation about guidelines with our veterinarian food therapist, Dr. Judy Morgan. I normally eat a home-cooked primarily organic diet, so this is a bit of a change. Dr. Morgan believes the ingredients in Sojos Complete Turkey Dog Food Mix are along the same lines I’m used to getting, and she didn’t think the fact that it was a raw diet would bother me. She just wanted to confirm that Mom would continue to give me my regular probiotics and supplements. The other precaution Mom took (she can be a bit of a germaphobe) was that she made me eat my food on a towel and washed the towel when I was done eating. So there you have it.

Now back to my review. Mom mixed up the Sojos per the package instructions (just add water and wait 15 minutes). Yes, that’s it. Pretty easy to make a healthy dog food! After my 15 minutes of patient waiting, Mom gave me my first taste. As soon as my lips hit the bowl, I knew I was in for a delightful taste treat. Oh, wow! What a flavorful and healthy dog food. I am so glad to add this new raw dog food to my meal routine. It was wonderful.

Sojos Complete Turkey Dog Food Mix is a great freeze-dried raw dog food diet. Because I travel a lot with Mom, this will likely be something we pack for road trips. Not only can it be fed in a stainless steel or ceramic dog food dish, but you can also use it to stuff hollow treat toys! You can learn more about that by clicking Mom’s article-How to stuff a hollow treat toy.
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Now is the time in the dog food review to talk about all the health benefits of Sojos Complete Turkey Dog Food Mix. A wholesome grain- and gluten-free product that you simply combine with water to create your own fresh, homemade dog food. Uses fresh, raw food. Made with USDA FREEZE-DRIED raw turkey and other all-natural ingredients. The freeze-drying process is slow and low so that all natural enzymes are carefully protected. No GMOs, fillers, preservatives or artificial colors or flavors. No ingredients from China, this is made in their own factory in the USA.

Sojos Complete Turkey Dog Food Mix: Ingredients: turkey, sweet potato, whole egg, broccoli, celery, apples, flax meal, pecans, cranberries, tricalcium phosphate, basil, dried alfalfa, pumpkin, ginger root, dried kelp, zinc sulfate, vitamin E acetate, vitamin D3

Pros: Tasty, can be used to stuff hollow treat toys, USDA meats, nothing from China, made in their own US facility, healthy dog food, a variety of flavors/proteins to choose from, simple to make
Cons: Can’t think of any.

Sojos Complete Turkey Dog Food Mix is a big hit with me! I’m so glad Sojos sent me some to try. Thank you!


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Bring on the dog food and dog treat reviews, Mom! These are really a lot of fun and much better than the dog shampoo and dog grooming reviewsDr. Harvey’s was kind enough to send me some great, healthy dog treats, dog food, and natural dog shampoos to review. Today I’m going to tell you about Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl Grain-Free Dog Food Pre-Mix.

As you probably know by now, I’m on a home-cooked, primarily organic diet. But Mom has been looking into other healthy options for dog treats, healthy Kong and other hollow toy fillings, and healthy dog foods that will travel well. I am adventurous! So check out Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl Grain-Free Dog Food Pre-Mix. This is pretty cool stuff.

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Veg-to-Bowl mix is a grain-free bounty of vegetables and goodness. Veg-to-Bowl is made with nine different vegetables that, when mixed with protein and oil, make a complete and healthy dog food. Veg-to-Bowl is really easy to make! You just add water, and when the vegetables are rehydrated, finish the meal with your choice of protein and oil, and it’s done. Veg-to-Bowl makes a fresh homemade dog food for your dog in minutes. It’s incredibly healthy and absolutely delicious!

Mom is thinking this might be another great option for me when we travel. Then all she would need to do is get my organic meat.

Today I’m going to tell you how I used Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl Grain-Free Dog Food Pre-Mix. In a Kong Quest Bone of course! Mom first rehydrated the veg-to-bowl mix for about 12 minutes. Then she stuffed it into my Kong Quest Bone and froze it. (To learn how to freeze hollow dog toys, read this article). That evening, I ate my frozen Veg-to-Bowl mix for my yappy hour. Oh, and it was tasty. Yes, it was! This was the perfect, healthy dog snack for a dog who needs to keep his figure.

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What makes Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl Grain-Free Dog Food Pre-Mix so good, besides the taste? It is easy; just add water, meat, and oil. Includes vitamins and minerals and uses the finest dehydrated and freeze-dried vegetables. It is free of all preservatives and additives, coloring agents and dyes, sugar and salt. Contains no fillers, no corn, no wheat, no soy. Allows total control of protein amounts because you add the protein. All ingredients are sourced in the USA, and they are all human grade. When used as directed, it can assist with weight management. Veg-to-Bowl can be used daily to make a fresh, homemade dog food and is grain-free. Veg-to-Bowl is perfect for Raw Diets.

Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl Grain-Free Dog Food Pre-Mix Ingredients: Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Potatoes, Broccoli, Peas, Green Beans, Zucchini, Beets, Parsley, Lecithin, Alfalfa, Dried Kelp, Ground Flaxseed, Calcium Citrate, Dried Ground Fenugreek, Dried Ground Fennel, Dried Ground Ginger, Dried Ground Peppermint, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Vitamin A Acetate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid

Pros: Tasty, can be used to stuff hollow treat toys, all ingredients sourced in the USA, healthy dog food mix, just add meat and oil, free of preservatives and additives, never sourced from China
Cons: Can’t really think of any.

Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl Grain-Free Dog Food Pre-Mix is a win!

What’s your dog’s favorite vegetable?  Tell me in the comments.

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Dog Food Recipe: Thanksgiving Feast

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Dog Food Recipe: Thanksgiving Feast

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Next week is Thanksgiving! So Mom thought it would be a good idea to make me my own Thanksgiving Day dog food. Okay, 3 days’ worth! I think it looks pretty yummy and am eagerly waiting to try this new dog food dish!

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Thanksgiving Day Feast for Dogs

  • No Antibiotics or Hormones Skinless Turkey Thighs
  • No Antibiotics or Hormones Chicken Hearts
  • Organic Spaghetti Squash
  • Organic Cranberries
  • Organic Steel Cut Oats
  • Organic Celery
  • Organic Carrots
  • 100% Blueberry Juice
  • Probiotics and Supplements

Did your dog get an extra tasty Thanksgiving treat? Tell me in the comments.

 

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Healthy Home Cooked Dog Food Recipes: Pork, Veggies and Fruit Dish

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Pork, Veggies and Fruit Dish

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A dish without alligator meat! This is pretty tasty too, I have to admit. So far Mom has tickled my taste buds with every meal. Thanks, Mom!
Pork, Veggies and Fruit Dish

  • Grass Fed, No Antibiotics or Hormones Pork Shoulder
  • Grass Fed, No Antibiotics or Hormones Beef Heart
  • Organic Mixed Fruit and Veggies
  • Organic Brown Rice
  • 100% Blueberry Juice
  • Dog Probiotics and Supplements


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Healthy Home Cooked Dog Food Recipes: Alligator and Seafood

Healthy Home Cooked Dog Food Recipes: Alligator and Seafood

FRESH!

I’m a fan of my meals from the sea. But Mom often says I have “fish breath” so she then brushes my choppers. Oooh, look! Do I see alligator meat!!!???? Yippee!

Dreaming Of Seafood Dog Food Dish

  • Florida Caught Alligator Meat
  • Wild Caught Alaskan Cod Loins
  • Baby Scallops
  • Pork Kidney
  • Organic Sweet Potatoes
  • Organic Dates
  • Organic Lentils
  • Organic Kidney Beans
  • Organic Celery
  • Organic Eggplant
  • 100% Blueberry Juice
  • Dog Probiotics and Supplements


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