Having been a dog owner all my life, I understand how many people are obsessed with their pets. They are members of the family. Owning a dog is like having another child. They need your love, attention and time. To ensure that they stay happy and healthy it’s important that we take care of them. This means providing them with regular exercise, visits to the vet to stay up to date on their shots and feeding them a well balanced meal.
There are many different dog foods available on the market. Every one of them is regulated by FDA, similarly to the food for humans. All of the ingredients have been through strict sanitary tests, ensured that they contain no harmful substances, verified that they are truthfully labeled and proven to be safe to eat. They are all considered safe and have an appropriate function in the pet food. With each one claiming they have the “right stuff” to keep your pet happy and healthy, how do you know which one is best for your dog?
When choosing a dog food, I look for a food the following things:
1. Contains ingredients I can read and spell. If I don’t know what it is, I wouldn’t want to eat it so why would I think that my dog would want to eat it?
2. Rich in Animal Protein. Foods that are rich in animal protein are known for high sources of DHA and EPA omega 3 fatty acids. These essential fats help to maintain healthy skin and coats.
3. Low Glycemic Carbohydrates. Obesity is a huge issue that we, as humans, are facing in today’s society. Due to our busy lives, decreased exercise and time constraints, dogs are facing similar problems. A food that contains low-GI foods such as steel-cut oats, lentils and sweet potatoes give your dog the nutrients they needs, while helping to maintain a healthy body weight.
4. Rich in fruits and vegetables. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, or in this case the VET! Foods rich in whole fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants and phytonurtiren which helps to prevent cell damage and many common diseases.
Putting to the Nutrience test
Nutrience is a family owned North American pet food manufacturer. They back every one of their products with a ‘No Bad Anything’ promise while promising to nourish the body and spirit with human grade facilities. Their small-batch production ensures that every bag they craft represents their unwavering attention to quality and ongoing commitment to natural, wholesome product.
When I was given the opportunity to try Nutrience on my dog, the first thing I did was head to their website and check out their ingredients. I was happy to see that all of the ingredients were ones that I knew and ate myself. This reassured me that there were no hidden bi products or chemicals in my dogs food that may harm him. I was also happy to see that all of the key ingredients I look for in a dog food were included in this product.
The next test was to see if Fletcher would eat it. I have tried many different foods on Fletcher in the past. Some were immediate hits with him and other he would turn his nose up at. With Nutrience he seemed immediately curious about it. He did eat it right away, but was confused as it wasn’t his normal dog food. After several days, he became accustom to the new texture and flavour and now eats the entire bowl before its placed on the floor.
The final test is to see the effects of the food on Fletcher’s behavior and body. Within a few days of eating Nutrience, I noticed that Fletcher seemed to have more energy and was more excitable. Instead of continuing his naps when I walked in the door, he was bounding down the stairs ready to greet me. His coat appeared shinier and less tangled then it normally is and his doggy breath appeared to lessen as well. After being on this dog food for over a month, I have noticed some subtle but positive changes.
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