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Lizzie asks…

So what do you know about Holistic dog Food?

Hi another question about my dog, – what are the benefits of this food

vti answers:

The very best food to treat the ‘whole’ dog is one as close to their natural diet as possible.

This diet will prevent periodontal disease by cleaning the teeth and gums with every meal;
it will provide both entertainment and satisfaction by making the pup work for its meal;
it will be both species appropriate and easily digestible which will reduce the risk of obesity, skin problems and auto-immune disorders;
it will aid in the prevention of anal gland issues by producing small, firm stools that enable the glands to drain naturally; and
you will get the satisfaction of seeing your dog blossom into optimum health.

What is this miracle food? A raw diet of meat, meaty bones and organs – some people call it raw meaty bones while others use the term whole prey model – together with love, training and regular exercise will provide your dog with everything it needs.

Michael asks…

has anyone ever had their dog on holistic vet food?

if so how much better was it and did it help at all compared to the food you buy at a regular veterinarian
is this food any good for kidney disease

vti answers:

I work at a kennel and we feed some dogs Exclusive dog food (by PMI Nutrition, I believe), and some dogs receive Infinia Holistic Zensitive blend food, by the same company. The Zen is holistic and while both are nutritionally friendly to the dogs, the Zen helps the dogs with skin problems and also ones with sensitive stomachs. I do not know about kidney diseases, but I do know that the holistic food does work wonders for skin conditions as well as allergies (grain free). And this food doesn’t have to be purchased through a vet either!

Here’s a link to the Zen blend site:

http://www.infiniapetfood.com/products/INFINIA_ZENSITIVE_SALMON.aspx
(the kind we feed at work, but there are more types)

Good luck!

Mary asks…

What is the best dry dog food?

My dog has been eating Purina One for the past 2 years but lately she has decided that she doesn’t like it. I have changed from chicken to beef to lamb to see what she likes best but like I said lately she doesn’t like any of it. I don’t want to pay a ton for dog food but I also don’t want to give her something cheap that isn’t really nutritious. My friend is soon going to be moving in with me and we are hoping to feed our dogs the same thing because it will be cheaper. She feeds her dog Beneful. My dog didn’t really like the adult version but liked the puppy food of it. Anyone have any suggestions?

vti answers:

There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods.
What you want to find is the HIGH-QUALITY food that *your dog* does best on.

Here are some examples of GOOD dog foods:
* Artemis Fresh Mix
* Blue Buffalo
* California Natural
* Canidae
* Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
* Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
* EVO
* Fromm Four Star
* Innova
* Merrick
* Nature’s Variety
* Orijen
* Solid Gold
* Taste of the Wild
* Wellness
* ZiwiPeak

Or check this website; the 4, 5, or 6 star rated foods are all good foods. Http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

Read the ingredients before you buy.

Here is my “short list” of rules when I am looking at dog food ingredients:
1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
3) I don’t want to see any byproducts.
4) I don’t want to see a lot of fillers.
5) I don’t want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
6) I don’t want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
7) I don’t want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
8) I don’t want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as “meat” or “poultry”.)

Here is an article about byproducts:
http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

What *NOT* to buy:

Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, Purina, etc.)

Beware “premium” foods. “Premium” does not always mean high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Bil-Jac, Royal Canin, etc..)

Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that’s why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don’t focus a lot on nutrition. It’s not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told “this is good food”, so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it’s good as well.

Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. “Hill’s scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine” (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_info/company_info_general.jsp?JSESSIONID=HMz2B3Jn3hv0rnSoxCobfbBhOec35ODG7yh5t3P0vcvhOtzRlQ9M!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )

“Big box” petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (There are some higher quality foods at those locations, but most of the foods aren’t.)
* Blue Buffalo
* Castor & Pollux
* Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
* Natural Balance
* Solid Gold
* Wellness

Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren’t good places to buy food either.

Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
– small, locally owned petstores
– holistic pet food stores
– dog boutiques
– farm supply stores

When switching foods, remember to do it gradually by mixing the two foods together for a week or two.
1/4 food A, 3/4 food B
1/2 food A, 1/2 food B
3/4 food A, 1/4 food B
all food A
.

Ruth asks…

Best dog food for Senior dogs?

My Golden Retriever is 7 years old, does anybody know a good dog food I can feed him to meet all is senior needs

vti answers:

More natural holistic dog foods are better and not so high in fat content.. Go to www.mytalk1071.com and sundays theres this woman called katie k-9 and you can listen to people call in with dog issues and she answers them. If you don’t to listen to her go to a pet store not a big box brand store and tell the sales asscociate whats up with your pooch and they will help you. Also get fish oil in the gel caps made for people and pop it with a oin and squirt it over the pups food and it helps with joints and helps the dogs coat become healthier. When switching dog foods you wan to gradually add more of the new food into the dogs old food and slowly add less of the old food and more of the new food.

Richard asks…

What is the best organic/holistic dog food for a Miniature Schnauzer?

Either its environmental allergies or its food allergies that are causing our Miniature Schnazuer issues, whatever is the case, we want to find the best brand of dog food for our picky miniature schnauzer. She eats Blue buffalo dry grain free food right now with a couple table spoons of Nature Recipe Farm Stand Selects canned dog food. But the canned food seems to be making her have too soft of poop causing her to have issues as well.

Thanks

She is 7 in may.

vti answers:

Try Taste of the Wild.
It is antibiotic & chemical free, grain free, with filtered water and is safe for all dog types/sizes.
They have puppy version and adult version (only the adult version isnt labled “Adult” but the puppy version will say “puppy” in the name.)

I wanted to feed my dog raw food diet, but after researching the risks of e-coli and salmonella bacteria that can be left/tracked all over the place as a result, I would rather not take the risk of such serious bacteria in my home.

Then, theres always cooked meat option (which people say is bad because dogs shouldnt eat “cooked meat”) but in reality, if your two options are cooked meat, or dog kibble (which is also cooked) then of course cooked meat is way healthier.
The problem with that though, is you would have to buy organic, antibiotic/chemical free meat in order to avoid all those nasty chemicals in the meat going into your dog.
Which would be EXPENSIVE.
UNLESS you happen to know or get in touch with a hunter, that is.

Just some food for thought. Hope you find the best solution for you and your dog. <3

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