Please note we are not veterinarians or nutritionist. Yet over time we have found what works best for our dogs and puppies! We take choosing the correct food for our dogs and puppies very seriously. Nutrition is very important for any breed or species, but especially crucial in large breed dogs. As not only does good bloodlines help with elbow/hip dysplasia but a dogs diet also plays a major role.
As always, check with your vet before changing your dog’s diet, and when looking for a new food, always consider the individual needs of your dog. When switching dry dog foods, always remember to do so gradually (by 1/8 th or by 1/4 th) by following the direction on the bag of food or using our guide: Day 1-2: 1/4 new food and 3/4 old food Day 3-4: 1/2 new food and 1/2 old food Day 5-6: 3/4 new food and 1/4 old food Day 7: ready for 100% new food
Protein is the cornerstone of any diet, but all proteins are not created equal. In fact, every protein source contains a unique complement of amino acids, which are “building blocks” of the body. Ideally, a dog food should contain at least three different protein sources to provide a wide array of amino acids.
Dogs derive significant nutrition from animal fats. While vegetable oil may sound healthier to consumers, canines actually need the nutrients found in fats from animal sources. These specific nutritional components are not found in vegetable fats. Additionally, there’s great variation in the quality of animal fats, so be sure to verify that the source is species-specific (like “chicken fat”, not “animal fat”).
The benefits of dietary fatty acids are well-known, as omega-3’s are some of the most extensively researched, naturally occurring, nutritional ingredients in the world. Not only should dog foods feature omega-3 fatty acids, they should include a guaranteed amount . And, for optimal benefit, omega-3 fatty acids need to be scientifically balanced with omega-6 fatty acids. Not only will the perfect balance support healthy skin and shiny coats, these fatty acids also help to maintain overall health.
Dog food should contain prebiotics, ingredients that promote the growth of “healthy” and “friendly” bacteria in the gastrointestinal system. Prebiotics occur naturally in foods, just like vitamins and minerals occur naturally in foods. However, researchers have found that only oligofructose and inulin meet the scientific definition of prebiotics.
Often referred to as “friendly bacteria” or “healthy microorganisms”, probiotics aid in the digestive process. For these reasons and others, your dog’s food should feature guaranteed amounts of probiotics such as L. acidophilus, L. casei, B. thermophilum and E. faecium.
It’s hard to understate the importance of antioxidants in promoting and maintaining good health. And some of the most effective antioxidants are vitamins A, C and E. Ample evidence supports that dog food should contain guaranteed amounts of vitamins A, C and E, to ensure the adequate antioxidant intake necessary for wellness.
Dog food should contain a selection of vegetables, such as carrots, beets, watercress and broccoli because they each have unique, health-promoting properties. The color of the skin and flesh of each vegetable contains a vital array of nutrients, including phytonutrients, essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Be sure that your dog food features vegetables.
We believe dog foods should not contain grains like corn, wheat or corn or wheat gluten, which are generally used as inexpensive and inferior sources of protein. Additionally, these grain-based ingredients are highly susceptible to toxic mold contamination. We refuse to use these ingredients because there’s no excuse to risk the health of your pet.
Adding a dog or puppy to your family is a big comitment and were here every step of the way to help you get off to a happy and HEALTHY start!