Like most dog owners out there, I consider my pup as part of the family. He is the first to greet me in the morning, the first to say hello when I come home from work, and the last to cuddle up with me on the couch for an episode of Game of Thrones before I go to bed.
Because he is so important to me, I want to make sure that I am doing everything I can to optimize his health. So, what are the steps I take to ensure he’s healthy?
Well, I take him for a run in the morning, a long walk before bed, and he goes to the dog park to play and run around with other dogs at least 3 times a week. To protect him from most illnesses, pests, and bacteria he could pick up from the other animals, I have him fully vaccinatedand I bring him to the vet at least twice a year for a routine checkup.
Another thing I take very seriously is his food and his diet. So, what’s the big deal? Dogs seem to digest everything including your favorite pair of socks, right? WRONG! Dogs, just like humans, need a nutritious and healthy dog food diet in order to have energy, feel their best and live long lives. Would you feed your child chemically-infused or borderline plastic food? No, of course you wouldn’t. So, why would you feed your fur baby that harmful stuff?
There are so many brands of dog food out there that are sold in big box stores and which simply do not take your pup’s health seriously.They are manufactured quickly, cheaply, and do not seem to have an expiry date. This is why I chose the best when I feed my doggy Health Extension.
Health Extension is an amazing brand of dog food that has incorporated extensive health research into its formulas in order to create a line of products that stands out. Health Extension products are produced and formulated with ingredients and nutritional levels that go above and beyond the AAFCO Dog Food Nutritional program for all stages of a dog’s life.
Health Extension has a very impressive reputation amongst sellers and dog owners alike. So, what is it about this line of product that stands out? Well, withevery little nibble, your pup gets:
- Organic apple cider vinegar
- Fish oil
All of these ingredients are proven to be excellent for your dog’s digestion, circulation, muscles, heart, and fur coat.
- 4-pounds of Grain Free Dry Dog Food - Prepared with delicious, whole food ingredients, our Grain Free Buffalo & Whitefish Recipe is packed with every nutrient...
- USDA inspected, deboned buffalo #1 ingredient
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What your doggy won’t get in any of the Health Extension products that can cause a food allergy:
- Artificial flavors
So, what is my dog’s favorite product from the Holistic Health Extension line? Well, amongst the few that we’ve tried, all look as good as a homemade diet, though I would have to say the Buffalo and Whitefish Recipe with whole vegetables and berries is one of his favorites and one that I buy for him most often.
Health Extension Buffalo and Whitefish Recipe Ingredients
If you look at the back of the Health Extension Buffalo and Whitefish recipe package, you’ll see that buffalo (or bison meat) is the very first ingredient listed! This speaks to the high level of protein in this recipe, listed at 25% per serving. Additionally, the second ingredient is whitefish, the third chickpeas, the fourth lentils, followed by salmon oil. I have yet to see a brand of dog food where the top 5 ingredients are all natural ingredients. And the list goes on, other ingredients include:
- Whole vegetables and berries
- Whole pumpkin
- Apple cider vinegar
- Coconut oil
- Omega fatty acids (3 and 6)
- Prebiotics and probiotics
But what does this all mean? Well, let’s dig into the health science behind these additional ingredients.
Whole vegetables and berries contain huge amounts of natural vitamins and minerals, fibers, and antioxidants. In fact,5-8 % of this recipe is made up of vitamin E, phosphorus, and calcium, which are all crucial vitamins and minerals for good, rounded health.
Next, pumpkin and apple cider vinegar are two amazing ingredients for your dog’s digestive tract. Pumpkin is loaded with fiber and beta-carotene, so this will ensure that your pup stays regular. The recipe contains between 5-10% fiber. Apple cider vinegar is potent and contains enzymes that are proven to improve digestion in both humans and dogs alike.
Coconut oil and Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids are healthy fats that make up between 15-20% of this recipe. Not only will these “healthy fats” contribute to overall good health, the oils within these ingredients will also keep your pup’s skin hydrated and coat beautiful and shiny.
Finally, the prebiotics and the probiotics in this recipe are designated to make your dog’s digestive system and gut healthy to help avoid infection and inflammation of the colon.
Aside from these great ingredients that are included in his favorite recipe, I also love other common ingredients that are generally used as “fillers” in other dog food brands are left out. You won’t find any grains or gluten, wheat, soy, added sugar, artificial flavors, or preservatives in this food. Plus, there’s an expiry date on the bag!
So, with all of these natural ingredients with no preservative, does it smell bad?
My very first instinct and what made me initially hesitant to buy this brand is that the thoughts a natural Buffalo and Whitefish dog food is well…stinky. I was pleasantly surprised that the food does not have an overpowering odor, nor does it cause (out of the ordinary) bad breath. Additionally, not to get into too much detail, I also found that Health Extension dog food has resulted in more regular and healthy-looking poops!
So what are the cons?
The one thing that I would recommend being careful and conscious about with Health Extension Dog Food is how much of you feed your dog. The food is pretty high in calories and you don’t want your dog to pack on the pounds. In only one cup of this food, you can find approximately 400 calories! Follow the recommended feeding instructions on the package to make sure your dog isn’t overeating.
|Weight of Dog||Cups Per Day (Puppy)||Cups Per Day (Adult)|
|2-16 lb||½- 1 ¼||¼-1|
|17-25 lb||1 ¼ -2||1- 1 ¼|
|26-45 lb||2- 2 ½||1 ¼- 2|
|48-85 lb||2/ ½ -4 ½||2-3|
|86-125 lb||4 ½ – 6||3-4|
|126 lb+||Add ½ cup per 10 lb||Add a ¼ cup per10 lb|
I grew up in a household that was filled with animals. I believe that my fate as a dog-loving person was sealed in early childhood since my parents owned several dogs of varying sizes and breeds. There was no choice but to take care of and learn about dog habits and the best animal care practices — otherwise, I’d be clueless about how to go about the creatures I was surrounded by day and night.
As a life-long puppy lover, I know a thing or two about dogs and how to go about caring for them in the best way possible. Although I’m not a professionally trained dog behaviorist, trainer, or veterinarian, all of my knowledge and experience with canines comes from a place of love and a deep-rooted passion for dogs and animals in general.
Seeing as dogs kept me company throughout every stage of my life, I decided to follow a different path in my academic life and obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Marketing Management and Digital Advertising, which ultimately allowed me to combine my professional training and personal experience by creating the ultimate dog lover’s resource website! Along with my husband, Dave, I run MySweetPuppy for like-minded dog lovers who want to have a single, clear, and reliable information source about anything and everything related to dogs and their well-being.