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4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Feeding Your Dog Fresh Food

In the last few years, fresh dog food has become all the rage. Only a few years ago, it was rare to find fresh dog food available. However, there are now tons of fresh food companies out there now. 

However, fresh dog food is usually quite expensive – at least more expensive than most other commercial dog foods. This extra cost can be worth it in many circumstances, though, for four main reasons. 

  1. Customization

Fresh food is typically available on a subscription basis. You subscribe to the food and the company sends it to you at regular intervals. Because of this, the company typically customizes your dog’s food based on their gender, breed, size, and activity level. In many cases, you will have to answer some questions before purchasing the food so that they can do this customization. 

As you might imagine, it is impossible for a company to customize a bag of kibble like this. In these cases, you have to measure out how much food your dog needs and possibly adjust the amount yourself. This can be difficult and is often not very accurate. 

Because fresh food is often customizable, it is often better for your dog. After all, it is specifically made for their needs. Plus, it also takes some of the weight off of your shoulders. 

  1. Better Ingredients

When you look at fresh food, you can literally see all the ingredients in it. If it is low in meat, you will be able to tell without even looking on the ingredient list. If the meat is low quality, you may be able to tell as well. 

Because of this, many fresh dog foods use quality ingredients. You can tell what each piece of potato is and how many carrots the formula contains. If the recipe seems to contain only potatoes, you probably wouldn’t buy it for your pooch again. Companies know this and keep it in mind when designing their recipes. 

On the other hand, this is not true of kibble and wet food. You can’t really tell how much of what ingredients are in a piece of kibble just by looking at it. Therefore, these companies can easily get away with using lower-quality meats and packing their food full of wheat. 

  1. Fewer Additives

Fresh dog food is usually meant to stay frozen, which means that it doesn’t need to be “shelf-stable”. This lowers the number of additives the food needs, which also means that your pooch is consuming fewer additives. While not additives are bad, some of them have been linked to health problems. 

Plus, our dogs just don’t need additives, so it is best to avoid them if you can. 

Because these foods are fresh, they also don’t need to contain things like artificial colors or flavors. They look and taste just fine how they are. Once again, while not all artificial colors and flavors are harmful, they aren’t necessarily good for our dogs either. 

  1. Healthier Skin and Coat

While there have been few studies comparing types of dog food, many owners claim that fresh food directly impacts how much their dog sheds and the condition of their skin. This may be because fresh dog food is missing many of the additives that may cause rashes and other skin problems. 

Alternatively, it could be that fresh food typically contains better ingredients. Dogs are what they eat, so it only makes sense that they would react well to higher quality food. 

Which Fresh Dog Food Brand to Choose?

If you’re convinced that fresh food is a great option for your pooch, the next step is to choose a brand. There are some great options (Nom Nom Now, Farmer’s Dog, and Pet Plate to name a few), high-quality brands out there. More are being founded all the time and there are some scientific reviews too to compare. 

When you can afford it, there are many benefits to choosing fresh dog food. From healthier skin to customization options, many of these benefits can help your pooch live a longer and healthier life.

Photo by Chris Benson on Unsplash

Q&A: Is a Raw Cat Food Diet Safe and Healthy?

There are so many questions on pet diet. Add to that, there are so many options for pet owners to feed their pets. Traditional pet food manufacturers, artisan/independent companies, all the way to the local butcher, pet owner have a lot options. Here’s an article from our friends at Healthcare for Pets, on whether a raw food diet is good for your cat.

EDIT: We recently received an article about cat food from our friends at Consumers Advocate.

They made thorough reviews of:

Best Wet Cat Food

Best Dry Cat Food

Best Food for Kittens

Best Wet & Dry Foods for Seniors.

Best Food for Diabetic Cats

Best Food for Urinary Tracts

and Best Delivery Service.

Link: https://www.consumersadvocate.org/cat-food

Original Question: What are your thoughts on raw food for cats? – Winnie

Hi Winnie,

It’s very difficult to recommend the best diet for your pet. In fact, I think it is near impossible because you really need to know how a dog responds to a food to know if it is good for them or not. I have always maintained that a food is good if your dog eats it, has good solid stools, does not become itchy, doesn’t vomit, and maintains an ideal body condition. Any food you select has to have a trial period before knowing whether it is ideal or not. So I feel the same about a raw cat food diet. I have seen many pets do very well on raw food. It’s important to manage it properly since it will increase the bacterial contamination in the kitchen. You have to store it properly and keep in mind that it commonly has high levels of fat and protein in it that can increase the risk of causing pancreatitis. To avoid this risk, I would recommend that you introduce any new food very slowly over the course of 3 weeks. Monitor your cat’s response to it very closely as you switch over to the new diet. If diarrhea or vomiting develops, I would stop it immediately and seek medical attention if it does not resolve right away.

Thanks for your question and good luck.

Dr. Clayton Greenway

Spring 2019 Health Guide for Pets

March 20 is the first day of Spring. After a long and cold winter, the sun is peeking out of the clouds, the flowers are beginning to bloom, and most of all, the animal world is coming out of a long hibernation. It’s the perfect time to get your pet off the couch, out of the house and back to the park, the beach or even the trails.

Before you and your pet endure yourselves to any physical activity, it’s best to prepare yourselves. We created a Spring pet health checklist to make sure your pet is in the best shape for the upcoming season.

Get a Checkup with a Vet. At Home.

A checkup or two every year would be optimal for both humans and pets. But did you know you can bring the veterinary care to your home? Vetted PetCare, the leading provider of in-home veterinary services in the country, can do that just for you.

Vetted’s team of experienced, hardworking veterinarians care for dogs and cats at home, where the pets (and owners) are most relaxed. Each of these house calls is attended by a veterinarian/veterinary technician team. The team has with them all the supplies they need to perform almost all the same services they would in a traditional veterinary clinic, like weighing pets, administering shots, blood, and other diagnostic sampling, microchipping, and more.

Vetted is based in L.A., they currently serve pets in L.A., San Francisco and the Bay Area, and even New York City.

VettedPetCare.com

Got Joint Pain?

Is your pet suffering from joint pain or from the aches and pains that come with age? We recommend a preventative supplement aptly named Happy Again Pet. It’s a collagen-based powder that you can mix with water or just add on top of your pet’s meal. It’s the perfect relief for arthritis, dysplasia, and overall stiffness.

How Does Happy Again Pet Work?

Hitting the Trails? Got Snacks?

Now that your pet got the green light for physical activities and you’re taking the preventative measures to avoid future aches and pains – it’s time to take out your pal to the park or to the trails. If you take long hikes in the forest or the hills or even to the local park, it’s important to have water at the ready. A collapsable dog bowl is a great option for outdoor activity.

But more important are snacks. Our friends at Trail Dog Treats have the perfect homemade snacks made for your energetic pet. Trail Dog Treats promotes a healthy lifestyle for your dog by providing all natural, wheat, soy & dairy free dog treats baked with human-grade ingredients, no preservatives.

Here’s a listing of some of the ingredients: Organic rye flour, sunflower seeds, organic flax meal, carrots, cornmeal, almonds, honey, all natural peanut butter, rolled oats, molasses & more!!

For a complete listing, please visit this link: http://traildogtreats.com/store/

Spring is coming. And so is summer. The sun is coming out and will be out for a while. Are you ready? Is your pet ready? Make sure you take the measures to ensure their health with a vet visit (at home) and feeding the right supplements and snacks to your pet.

Trail Dog Treats is Your Pet’s Favorite New Healthy Snack

Preface: In keeping with Eusoh’s pledge for great pet health, we are highlighting new and innovative pet products like foods, treats, and supplements. We encourage our members and viewers of our site to consider these independent manufacturers who truly have a passion for pet health, growth, and happiness.

Here is Trail Dog Treats from Colorado, A brand that grew from neighborhood farmers’ markets, pet charity events, and store demos. All of this came about because of an energetic Chocolate Lab named “Tatum”.

What’s in Trail Dog Treats?

Here’s a listing of some of the ingredients: Organic rye flour, sunflower seeds, organic flax meal, carrots, cornmeal, almonds, honey, all natural peanut butter, rolled oats, molasses & more!!

For a complete listing, please visit this link: http://traildogtreats.com/store/

From Nancy Thompson, CEO and Founder of Trail Dog Treats.

“Trail Dog Treats was born on one of many trail adventures with my Chocolate Lab, Tatum (former VP of Research and Development). Tatum loved sharing my human snacks while hiking, running and camping together; eating apples, granola and peanut butter to stay energized. After realizing the benefits of making a homemade treat with these types of ingredients, I decided to make Tatum her very own snacks. Together, we’ve mixed and tasted, researched and baked, ultimately creating a line of four wheat/soy/dairy free, all natural flavors to share with our furry friends.”

Nancy Thompson is very passionate about the health and well-being of dogs. Through extensive pet health research and being a dog owner for many years, she is an authoritative voice in this field. She found the key to long pet life was daily exercise and playtime to go with an extremely healthy and balance diet.

With so many cases of obesity, cancer, and allergies in dogs nowadays, it’s important to learn how to prevent such problems that can escalate into serious disease and death. Trail Dog Treats believe that prevention is key. Teaching dog owners the importance of a healthy diet, physical, mental and social well-being is crucial.

To purchase from Trail Dog Treats, please visit their website.
http://traildogtreats.com/