Ah, pet food. We love it for the convenience, but as responsible guardians, we need to be concerned about the ingredients and what happens when a company starts changing recipes, buys inferior foods or gets bought out by a big corporation! This can happen with kibble and canned, but also with frozen raw and lightly cooked foods. In my 30 years studying dog and cat nutrition, I have seen excellent small pet food companies bought out by large corporations . This resulted, in most cases, that the foods people trusted for their companions deteriorated in quality, while increasing in price.
The name of the trusted food may not have changed but the quality and type of ingredients certainly did.
How can you find out if this happens to a food you and your companions love? Often you won't as the companies certainly don't want to scare you off!
What's a Guardian to do?
1) Read ingredients of every bag and can you buy so you can spot if a new bag or can of the same food changes. This is true for "subscription" foods you order delivered.
2) Ask who owns the food you buy. If you're buying from a local shop, the shopkeepers will know and can tell you. If it's a subscription, is there a corporation behind the friendly "small" appeal?
3) Make your own!
It's NOT as Hard or Time Consuming as You Think!
I have been teaching pet parents how to make simple homemade meals for dogs and cats since the 1990's. Thanks to some great books, healthy, balanced diets and recipes are available. I love Paleo Dog by Dr. Jean Hofve and Celeste Yarnall, and Dr. Becker's Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats, by Dr. Karen Becker.
Let me stress that it is CRITICAL to balance homemade meals. You can't just mix meat, veggies and grains together and feed that to your companion for more than a day or two. You MUST add omega 3's and the essential vitamins and minerals or you will create dangerous imbalances.
Speaking of Dr. Becker. She, with the help of Steve Brown of "Steve's Real Food," one of the first and best frozen raw foods for dogs, has just created a "Meal Mix for Dogs." This is an all-in-one vitamin and mineral mix for homemade dog meals. She also has simple recipes that are super easy to prepare. https://www.mealmixfordogs.com/
For cats, the best supplement I have found to balance their homemade meals is "My Natural Cat" by Feline Instincts. Felice also has "My Natural K9," another great vitamin/mineral balancer for dogs, and one of my favorites, "My Natural Cat & Dog Kidney Support." If you have a cat or dog with kidney challenges, this is a super way to keep them healthy.
What Ingredients Are Best for My Dog & Cat?
Ah ha! Here's where I come in. The best way to answer this question is to have an Animal Communication Session to find out what are the best meats, veggies, omega's. etc. for your beloved. This is also important if you're considering subscribing/ordering delivered foods like "Nom Nom," "Farmer Dog," "Ollie," "Hare Today," "Oma's Pride," "Viva Raw," etc.
You need to know...
What meats support their life force best right now. (What was best a year ago, last season, or what they seemed allergic to might likely have changed)
What vegetables and fruits are ideal and why.
What additional supplements, if any, are needed now at this stage of their lives or during a transition. (move, new puppy, kitten, baby, any big change)
* As animals age and their activity levels change, their bodies require more of some nutrients and less of others.
* Every animal's needs are different as are every human's.
Let me help you choose the foods that resonate with and enhance your companion's life. Then you can mix up fabulous recipes to your heart's content (or I can help you choose the best prepared meals for your companion and your budget). Click here if you're new to me or here if you're a returning client.
With attention and care to their personal, changing nutritional needs, you're supporting your beloved in living her/his best life ever!
with Love, Your Voice of Animals,
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