30 thoughts on “[REVIEW 2017] Is Wellness Puppy Food The Best Choice For Your Pup?”

  1. Hi – I have a puppy that is a mix of five breeds: Lab, Collie, Husky, Rottie, boxer. At eight weeks he weighs 4.3 kg. I have been trying to find information on if it is absolutly necessary to feed him a Large Breed Puppy food. Right now he is eating Wellness Core.

    Can I keep him on Puppy Core? or do I have to switch home to Core large breed puppy?

    Thank you for your help!
    Gaelen

      • Thanks for connecting to Mysweetpuppy.net. Please keep in mind that I, Claudia Bensimoun, do not write any of the blogs or reviews on this website, nor have I in the past. I only answer the comments section.Every dog is different, and some brands will be better suited for certain dogs. When it comes to dog foods, understanding your pet’s current health and nutritional needs is paramount. And always remember to ask your veterinarian for advice before changing your dog’s diet.There is no “best diet.” Dogs are individuals. A diet that works for one dog may not be the best for another. Age, energy level and individual medical concerns play a large role for every dog. Most importantly,feed puppies puppy food, and be sure to feed a large breed puppy a large breed puppy high-quality diet.

  2. Hi,
    My dog is 7mths weighting at 2.5kg. A very picky dog that will on eat food she like, not sure whether should I choose complete or CORE. Able to advice? Thanks

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      Here’s what every dog parent should do prior to purchasing any dog food formula:

      • Look for dog foods that are tested using the AAFCO feeding trials instead of by formulation.
      • Look for the nutritional adequacy statement that is required on all pet food labels.
      • The label provides answers to three most important questions about your pet food.(below)
      • If it’s complete and balanced
      • What life stage is it intended for? (Puppy, senior, etc.)
      • How the claims on the label are substantiated?

      It’s always best to consult with your veterinarian for nutritional advice. You can also call up the manufacturer and ask them questions.

      Hope this helps! Keep us updated!

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      All pups need to consume a high-quality puppy food. This is very important during puppyhood. Puppies need to grow, and have to consume the right amount of calories, proteins, vitamins, minerals and fats to do so. Pups needs a high-quality diet that contain no hormones, antibiotics, artificial colors, preservatives, or flavors. You will need to check the ingredients list very carefully. Consult with your veterinarian. It’s also a good idea to maintain a log of weekly weight gain or weight loss, so that you can show your veterinarian. This also makes it easier to see if your pup is gaining weight when switching puppy formulas. Look for the highest quality puppy foods that contain the best ingredients. These may be more expensive, but are definitely worth it in the long run.

      AAFCO model regulations and the federal feed laws stipulate that all pet food labels need to list all the ingredients in their pet food. This is done in descending order, according to the weight of each ingredient listed. With that said, it’s easy to see where the most important sources of calories and proteins are coming from-the first five ingredients listed. The first ingredient is the one ingredient that is present in the highest amount. Always read the ingredients list to see what you’re actually feeding your puppy.

      How to Choose The Best Puppy Food For Your Puppy?

      •Feed a diet from a well-known, reputable company. Contact them with any questions of concern.
      •The labels on any diet should meet the levels established by the AAFCO Control Officials and/ or feeding trials.
      •All dog food diets should have the following statement “Animal Feeding tests using the AAFCO procedures substantiate that “Brand X” provides completed and balanced nutrition for growth (or maintenance.)
      •Feed puppies puppy food, and be sure to feed a large breed puppy a large breed puppy diet.
      •Feeding a small dog diet can cause large dogs to grow too quickly, and can lead to serious growth abnormalities and “growing pains.”
      •There is no “best diet.” Dogs are individuals. A diet that works for one dog may not be the best for another. Age, energy level and individual medical concerns play a large role for each dog.
      •The recommended guidelines on bags often contain more calories than dogs need. Unless it is a very energetic (and intact) animal, he usually recommends feeding the lower end of the recommendation.
      •Feed a complete and balanced food for the appropriate life stage of the pet.

      Tips For What to Avoid or Look Out For in Dry Puppy Food

      •Numerous recalls due to bacteria, salmonella, mycotoxins and nutrient concerns.
      •Cheap dry dog food brands may have lower- quality ingredients
      •Constant need to check for a balanced ingredient list
      •Some by-products used in formulas
      •Can cause obesity in dogs

      Tips For What to Avoid or Look Out For in Wet Puppy Food

      Wet or canned dog foods

      •Must inspect first five ingredients
      •Need to watch out for thickener’s like “gum” used
      .Necessary to stay away from wheat gluten that is used in wet foods to bind the protein content of the food.
      .Meat by-products that may not be clean or refrigerated
      .Wheat gluten as an ingredient used
      .Unnamed animal and protein sources
      .Sometimes contains sweeteners or sugars
      .Ingredients like preservatives, flavors, artificial colors, hormones
      .Fat content may be high in many formulas
      .Water may be first ingredient, with the second being wheat gluten (cheaper brands)
      .Vegetables may come in as the eighth or ninth ingredient, which means that there’s hardly any vegetables in the formula
      .A need to check ingredient labels repeatedly, most often when switching brands to make sure that you’re not falling for the pretty packaging.

      Keep in mind that it’s necessary to always feed the correct formula to your puppy or dog. Feed the right life- stage diet so as to avoid health problems and obesity. Also feed the right amount of food. Over-feeding impacts all dog breeds and also results in obesity. By combining a regular exercise schedule for your puppy or dog and feeding a nutritionally well-balanced puppy or dog food, you’ll not only keep your furry best friend fit and healthy, but you’ll be able to give him a longer life.

      A study shows how beneficial breakfast is to dogs.”For centuries, dog handlers have employed the exceptional scenting abilities of dogs to make the world a better place. Searching out explosives, detecting pests, and alerting children with peanut allergies are just some of the ways humans have put canines to work. Many people find it easy to accept that nutritional factors can influence brain function in dogs. Now there is solid evidence that breakfast plays an important role in the search performance of trained canines.Studies at the University of Kentucky suggest that eating a morning meal increases search accuracy in dogs. Dr. Holly Miller and colleague Charlotte Bender tested the search performance of trained domestic dogs after either consuming breakfast or fasting. Earlier studies demonstrating results that children do better in cognitive exercises when they have eaten breakfast, led Dr.Miller to wonder whether breakfast would also improve dogs’ performances.” via The United States Dog Agility Association. (USDAA) For more on my article, visit:http://www.usdaa.com/article.cfm?newsID=2251

      A new study in 2018 from Cornell University, found that “glyphosate, the active herbicidal ingredient in widely used weed killers like Roundup, was present at low levels in a variety of dog and cat foods the researchers purchased at stores. Before you go switching Fido or Fluffy’s favorite brand, however, be aware that the amounts of the herbicide found correspond to levels currently considered safe for humans.” via Science Daily.

      For all dog food recalls, visit:https://www.fda.gov/animalVeterinary/safetyhealth/recallswithdrawals/default.htm

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      I am in no way connected to the content written within this website, most especially the German Shepherd blog. This website hires other writers for their blogs.Please do not contact me regarding website content. I only write content within the comments section.Probiotics for dogs are very popular today. These are nutritional supplements that are made from bacteria or yeast. According to a study done by the American Veterinary Association (AVMA), probiotics are defined as “live organisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.” via AVMA. “Probiotics have luminal and mucosal effects. Mucosal effects include interactions with immune cells, enterocytes, and goblet cells via cell receptors and cytokine responses.”

      Probiotics can be added to your dog’s food or water. They help to support gut flora in dogs,cats,and humans. Probiotics also help to maintain a healthy immune system. They are beneficial when your dog is on antibiotics, and help with reestablishing good gut health. Daily use of probiotics helps to maintain gut health, and to also improve your dog’s digestive system. Probiotics can help with diarrhea, and can also improve inflammatory bowel disease in dogs.

      The benefits of probiotics may include the following:

      . Helps improve mood and behaviors in dogs
      . Improves skin and coat
      . Reduces gas in dogs
      . Reduces yeast related disorders
      . Helps with obesity and liver disease
      . Restores gut health
      . Probiotics helps your dogs feel good
      . Helps when changing a dog food formula
      . Helps with immune disorders
      . Helps in stressful times like moving homes
      . Senior dogs benefit immensely from probiotics, since they may have a weakened immune system.
      . Helps with Leaky Gut Syndrome
      . Helps with vomiting and diarrhea

      When dogs have been on medications like antifungals, steroids, NSAIDS,and antibiotics,probiotics will allow for the regeneration of normal bacterial flora of the GI system. Dogs don’t have to be sick to take probiotics. It is supplement that helps with many disorders and GI problems.

      For more from the American Veterinary Foundation (AVMA) visit:https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/170115a.aspx

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      What To Check For if Your Puppy is Breathing Really Hard?

      If your puppy breathes heavily while sleeping, he’s probably dreaming. That said, if he’s been out of sorts, and the depth of his breathing or rhythm of his breathing is not normal, you should consult with your veterinarian. If he’s just come back from a long hike, then it’s to be expected, and his breathing will return back to normal shortly. Your dog’s posture may also change if he’s breathing faster or having problems breathing. Dogs will spread their elbows out, and arch their backs when having breathing problems. Labored and open-mouthed breathing accompanied by a blue tinge on the skin means that there is a major loss of respiratory function. You will need to bring your dog to the veterinarian asap, so that your veterinarian can diagnose the problem. Your veterinarian will listen to your dog’s breathing, and may use x-rays or other tests to find out the cause of the respiratory problem. Your pooch will also have oxygen administered, and may also have to be sedated for anxiety.

      For more about breathing problems in dogs, visit https://www.merckvetmanual.com/dog-owners/lung-and-airway-disorders-of-dogs/tracheal-collapse-in-dogs
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      What To Check For if Your Puppy is Breathing Really Hard?

      If your puppy breathes heavily while sleeping, he’s probably dreaming. That said, if he’s been out of sorts, and the depth of his breathing or rhythm of his breathing is not normal, you should consult with your veterinarian. If he’s just come back from a long hike, then it’s to be expected, and his breathing will return back to normal shortly. Your dog’s posture may also change if he’s breathing faster or having problems breathing. Dogs will spread their elbows out, and arch their backs when having breathing problems. Labored and open-mouthed breathing accompanied by a blue tinge on the skin means that there is a major loss of respiratory function. You will need to bring your dog to the veterinarian asap, so that your veterinarian can diagnose the problem. Your veterinarian will listen to your dog’s breathing, and may use x-rays or other tests to find out the cause of the respiratory problem. Your pooch will also have oxygen administered, and may also have to be sedated for anxiety.

      For more about breathing problems in dogs, visit https://www.merckvetmanual.com/dog-owners/lung-and-airway-disorders-of-dogs/tracheal-collapse-in-dogs

      If your puppy or dog has been partaking in agility and working harder, massage therapy may be the answer. “Massage therapy also helps to improve mental focus, muscular health and the overall well-being of your canine athlete year-round. Because dogs carry more than half of their body weight on their front legs, their shoulders are subjected to much more stress than the rest of their bodies. Many dogs that do agility suffer from sore shoulder muscles and tight necks after zipping around a course. This can be helped with regular canine massage therapy.” Claudia Bensimoun via USDAA

      Canine massage therapy has the following benefits:

      Relieves muscle tension
      Realigns the spine and body
      Helps with the circulation of fluids throughout the body, and also helps the joints and muscles flush toxins from the tissues
      Reduces pain and stiffness
      Increases flexibility and allows for greater range of motion
      Promotes blood and lymph circulation
      Reduces stress and relaxes your dogs
      Increases lifespan and slows down aging
      Increases the energy and focus level
      Allows for your dog to build self-confidence and trust in people
      Increases immune system function
      Helps to improve muscle tone
      Restores natural movement
      Promotes quicker recovery from sports injuries

      For more information about how beneficial canine massage is for dogs, visit: https://www.usdaa.com/article.cfm?newsID=3081
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      Fiber helps with obesity, GI problems, and diabetes.According to Merck’s Veterinary Manual,” Fiber is defined as the edible parts of plants or analogous carbohydrates that are resistant to digestion and absorption in the small intestine and have complete or partial fermentation in the large intestine. Although there is no dietary requirement for fiber in dogs and cats, there are health benefits of having certain fiber sources in the diet. Fiber is resistant to hydrolysis by mammalian digestive secretions but is not an inert traveler through the GI tract. Increased levels of fiber in diets increase fecal output, normalize transit time, alter colonic microflora and fermentation patterns, alter glucose absorption and insulin kinetics, and, at high levels, can depress diet digestibility.” via Merck’s veterinary manual.

      There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water, whereas insoluble does not. Insoluble fiber is fiber that adds bulk, and helps with constipation.

      Fiber is beneficial for dogs that are prone to constipation, and when feces are hard. Puppies and dogs need to eliminate comfortably, and stools should not be a problem to eliminate. Consult with your veterinarian if your puppy or dog is constipated. Prostate and urinary problems have similar symptoms, so your veterinarian will need to rule these out. By supplementing fiber when treating puppies or adult dogs suffering from constipation, pet parents need to also make sure that their dogs are getting enough exercise, and drinking enough fresh water.

      Fiber may help with diarrhea as well, since it absorbs water. Keep in mind that although you’re helping by adding fiber to your dog’s diet, a veterinarian consult is always important to rule out underlying causes of either diarrhea or constipation. Fiber may also help with diabetes since it binds with the sugars in the GI tract. That said, fiber will modify genes in the GI tract, and thus regulate glucose production. Fiber also helps with canine obesity by helping to create a full feeling, thus reducing hunger. That said, for healthy feeding tips, visit: https://booksforever1blog.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/improving-fidos-health-with-kale-pumpkin-sweet-potatoes-and-fish-oils/

      Dogs that do not get enough fiber in their diet will suffer from constipation or diarrhea. “The physiologic effects of fiber are not uniform across all fiber types, and relying solely on fiber content listed on pet food labels does not accurately reflect either fiber content and fiber types in commercial pet foods, or the physiologic effects from a diet.” via Merck’s Veterinary Manual. When adding fiber supplementation, consult with your veterinarian for the best advice.

      For more on nutritional canine requirements, visit:https://www.merckvetmanual.com/management-and-nutrition/nutrition-small-animals/nutritional-requirements-and-related-diseases-of-small-animals

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      Although the Paleo diet for dogs has become most popular today, it’s still always best to discuss any dietary changes with your veterinarian.There is no “best diet.” That said, all dogs are individuals. A diet that works for one dog, may not be the best for another. Age, energy level and individual medical concerns play a large role for each dog.

      What is the Paleo Diet For Dogs?

      This is a diet that contains meat, fish, seafood nuts, veggies, fruits, and honey. It’s based on ancestral canine diets that were fed thousands of years ago. In dog food Paleo diets, meat can either be cooked or fed raw. Dogs do not consume grains in the Paleo diet, and veggies are fed cooked or raw. By feeding a variety of steamed veggies like green beans, zucchini, sweet potatoes, and broccoli, dogs are eating healthier. There are also plenty of raw enzymes in raw food that are beneficial to dogs. By cooking meat slightly,or feeding raw, there is also increased bioavailability.Dogs keep their weight in -check, because of the high protein content.

      A Paleo diet is also low in carbs, which helps with weight- loss in obese dogs.There is also a reduction of inflammatory problems in dogs, since with a raw Paleo diet, there is more healthy gut bacteria, which helps create a healthier immune system. That said, it’s extremely important that all canine diets are discussed with a veterinarian. This diet needs to be introduced slowly to dogs. You can also opt for additional supplementation like probiotics and digestive enzymes.

      Other Dog Foods to Consider

      Every dog is different, some will suffer from serious allergies, others will have digestive issues. Some dog food brands are better suited for certain dogs. When it comes to dog foods, understanding your dog’s current health and nutritional needs is paramount.There are numerous high-quality commercial dog foods on the market today.

      What to Look For When Purchasing Dog Food?

      The first five ingredients in a dog food are the most important. If the ingredients list goes something like this: dehydrated chicken/venison/beef/fish, organic quinoa, dehydrated sweet potatoes, dehydrated spinach, dried parsley, and dehydrated organic kelp, it’s a high-quality dog food.

      Always read the ingredients list, and keep doing so for changes. Even if you’ve been feeding your pet the same dog food for years, you’ll probably not notice the changes, like using chicken meal instead of whole chicken, or changes in the type of carbohydrates used. This could affect your pet in many ways, triggering allergies and sensitivities that he or she may have never had before. Protein percentages can also drop when formulas are changed. This happens often, and does affect the quality of the food. The addition of cellulase and cellulose as fillers can be problematic. For those unaware, cellulase breaks down cellulose. Many dogs have problems with both because it causes digestive problems.

      If you want to see which dog foods make a difference, and keep your dog healthy, you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money. The best dog foods are made with the simplest, and most nutritious ingredients. Look for high-quality ingredients such as whole meats, fruits, vegetables, and grains, and take heed of the different ratio of macronutrients- proteins, fats and carbs! Next, you’ll have to try out which dog food formula works best for your dog. Providing your pooch with the most appropriate diet that is healthy and beneficial to his life stage, will help you give your dog a long and healthy life!

      Finally, always remember to ask your veterinarian for advice before changing your dog’s diet! For an interesting read about the latest dog food recalls due to high levels of Vitamin D, please visit:https://www.newsweek.com/dog-food-recall-list-safe-fda-vitamin-d-1243399

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    Pet parents need to pay attention to all dog food ingredients, and most importantly to all dog food recalls.Most of us understand the importance of eating healthily, but many don’t fully understand that this applies to our furry best friends, too. Vitamins and amino acids should not be synthetic, and organic should mean that all of the ingredients are organic, including vitamins and minerals, and not just a few. A well-balanced dog food should use real meat as its first ingredient. Keeping our pets safe at home is important!

    Dog food should also not use harmful preservatives, flavors or artificial colors.Some puppy food formulas may contain probiotics, salmon oil, and also have guaranteed calcium and phosphorus levels, to help support healthy development of your puppies’ teeth and bones. These formulas may also be made with gluten- free ingredients. Some puppy food formulas may not contain beet pulp, which can act as a stool hardener in pups. The first five ingredients are the most important. The ingredients list could be: deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, potatoes and peas. Opt for holistic brands that are free of hormones and steroids.Also look for dog food formulas that are free of any meat by-products, and that also offer plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

    A high-quality dog food diet whether for pups or adult dogs needs to have the following:
    • healthy ingredients
    • fresh meat
    vegetables and fruit
    • no controversial ingredients
    • no added hormones and steroids
    • no unnamed meat sources
    • right ratio of macronutrients
    • by-products in the form of organ meats
    • not overly processed

    • it should not be made in China, nor should any of the ingredients come from China.
    • puppies should eat only a puppy food so there should be a puppy formula.
    • large breed pups like the Great Dane or German Shepherd need to be on a large breed puppy diet to ensure correct growth and no growth abnormalities.
    • contains antioxidants, Omega 3’s, healthy ingredients, and a balanced diet for the appropriate life stage.

    What’s Up With Grain-Free Dog Food Right Now and The FDA?

    “FDA Investigating Potential Connection Between Diet and Cases of Canine Heart Disease” July, 2018 via FDA.gov

    “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients. These reports are unusual because DCM is occurring in breeds not typically genetically prone to the disease. The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network, a collaboration of government and veterinary diagnostic laboratories, are investigating this potential association.”

    “Diets in cases reported to the FDA frequently list potatoes or multiple legumes such as peas, lentils, other “pulses” (seeds of legumes), and their protein, starch and fiber derivatives early in the ingredient list, indicating that they are main ingredients. Early reports from the veterinary cardiology community indicate that the dogs consistently ate these foods as their primary source of nutrition for time periods ranging from months to years.

    High levels of legumes or potatoes appear to be more common in diets labeled as “grain-free,” but it is not yet known how these ingredients are linked to cases of DCM. Changes in diet, especially for dogs with DCM, should be made in consultation with a licensed veterinarian.” via FDA.

    Another important tip from the FDA! One that is an important reminder on how not to forget to monitor your puppy or adult dog food in case of a recall.

    “Consumers often transfer dry pet food into other containers for easier handling. If possible, please save the original packaging until the pet food has been consumed. The packaging contains IMPORTANT information often needed to identify the variety of pet food, the manufacturing plant, and the production date.” via FDA

    Grain-free pet food sales topped $1.7 billion in 2013 according to Pet Food Category Insights

    Today grain-free dog food is still a favorite among pet parents, as is “gluten-free” and “locally- sourced” dog food ingredients.Pet parents that consume gluten-free diets, and that are free of celiac disease, contribute to the popularity of “grain-free.”

    There is the raw, grain-free diet that may be beneficial to a dog’s health. Cooked kibble contains grain-by products that are more difficult to digest. This may result in food allergies or sensitivities in your pooch. Also the ingredients in grain-free may contain raw,freeze-dried salmon or duck, venison or turkey. Dogs seem to enjoy wild-harvested game with fruits and veggies. With freeze-dried, all you need to do is add warm water, and soak for a while.

    Pet parents are opting to feed healthier, high-quality diets to their furry best friends. They are also interested in feeding their dogs in a similar way as to how they may have eaten thousands of years ago. Ancestral dog food diets may benefit dogs with ingredient intolerances or sensitivities. Here you would find a single-protein with real meat as the first ingredient on the dog food ingredient’s list.

    The entire ingredients list will be gluten-free. As with humans, numerous health problems may be eliminated by following a grain-free diet. Yet right now it’s important to consult with your veterinarian if your dog has been on a grain-free diet for a while. If you’re thinking of switching to a grain-free dog food formula, consult with your veterinarian for advice.

    Keep in mind that grain-free dog food treats are also beneficial in weight-loss. Canine dental chews have also come up with a grain-free alternative. Dog food treats with dried cod skins make for popular healthy options. Dried beef liver treats are also popular. That said, pet parents pay close to 45% more when purchasing grain-free.

    For my fun article about how dogs may understand the human point of view when it comes down to food, visit:http://www.usdaa.com/article.cfm?newsID=2305
    For another fun article about dog training and agility, visit:http://www.usdaa.com/article.cfm?newsID=2370

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      It may be challenging trying to find the most appropriate dog food for your furry best friend.When trying to find the “best” dog food, it’s preferable to purchase a dog food that has high-quality ingredients. Before you switch dog food, consult with your veterinarian to rule out any medical problems first.

      Although dry dog food remains one of the most popular methods of feeding, there are other options.

      .Wet dog food
      .Frozen raw dog food
      .Freeze-dried dog food (dehydrated dog food)

      What’s good about dry dog food?

      easy to feed
      many different varieties
      excellent for travel
      easily combined with canned foods or fresh foods
      high- quality brands
      easy- feeding instructions for the new pet parent
      can easily be purchased from your veterinarian’s office
      grain- free, gluten- free, and vegetarian options
      not messy
      complete- and- balanced nutritional requirements recommended by veterinarians

      What’s not so good about dry dog food?

      .may be heavy to carry or ship
      .can become contaminated with mold if not stored properly
      .numerous recalls due to bacteria, salmonella, mycotoxins and nutrient concerns.
      .cheap dry dog food brands may have lower quality ingredients
      .constant need to check for a balanced ingredient list
      .some by-products
      .obesity in dogs
      .may use by-products

      What’s great about dry dog food?

      .easy to feed
      .many different varieties
      .excellent for travel
      .easily combined with canned foods or fresh foods
      .high quality brands
      .easy feeding instructions for the new pet parent
      .can easily be purchased from your veterinarian’s office
      .grain free, gluten free and vegetarian options
      .not messy
      .complete- and- balanced nutritional requirements recommended by veterinarians

      What’s not so great about wet dog food?

      .meat by-products that may not be clean or refrigerated
      .wheat gluten
      .unnamed animal /protein sources
      .sweeteners or sugars
      .preservatives, flavors, artificial colors, hormones
      .fat content may be high
      .water may be first ingredient, with the second being wheat gluten (cheaper brands)
      .vegetables may come in as the 8th or 9th ingredient, which means that there’s hardly any vegetables in the formula
      .need to check ingredient labels repeatedly, most often when switching brands to make sure that you’re not falling for the pretty packaging.

      Dehydrated dog food

      fresh produce is dehydrated below 104 degrees, and is considered raw.
      meat and fish are steamed at approximately 140 and 165 degrees to kill food borne pathogens.
      meat and fish are then dehydrated at 125 degrees
      grains and potatoes are flash heated at temperatures higher than 210 degrees to make them more digestible
      This also breaks down the cellulose

      What’s great about dehydrated dog food?

      .minimally processed
      .high moisture content
      .whole foods
      .human grade
      .convenient
      .dehydration process leaves behind natural ingredients that support immunity and good health
      .stable shelf life
      .does not need refrigeration
      .color, flavor, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients not impacted by dehydration process
      .cheap shipping costs

      What’s not so great about dehydrated dog food?

      .not as many brands to chose from
      .may be more expensive

      What you need to look for?

      General ingredients that include whole meats, fruits or vegetables in their top 5 ingredients are considered good foods. Those that also incorporate antioxidants like blueberries, cranberries, pomegranates and pumpkin are also becoming popular. With that said, organic, natural and preservative- free with no artificial ingredients, are also key to a well- balanced, and high quality dog food.

      .no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives such as propylene glycol.
      .whole foods –no processed foods.
      .meat instead of meat meal.
      .organ meats are good.(controversial)
      .by-products such as organ meats are fine, but no non-meat parts.
      .a good source of calcium
      .vegetables for fiber and nutrients such as flavonoids
      .diets need to be tested using AAFCO feeding trials, or by formulation to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles
      .specific quality control measures to assure consistency and quality of all ingredients used, as well as for the end product.
      .diet should be complete and balanced
      .the food should indicate what life stage it is intended for?
      .AAFCO provides nutrient profiles for all different life stages, all but for one, the senior geriatric dog.
      .dog food must meet the AAFCO profiles for all life stages and must meet the minimum nutrient levels for growth and adult maintenance in dogs.
      .the dog food must be made by a reputable and knowledgeable dog food company that has the highest quality control measures.
      .it should not be made in China, nor should any of the ingredients come from China.
      .puppies should eat only a puppy food so there should be a puppy formula.
      .large breed pups like the Great Dane or German Shepherd need to be on a large breed puppy diet to ensure correct growth and no growth abnormalities.
      .contains antioxidants, Omega 3’s, healthy ingredients and a balanced diet for the appropriate life stage.

      High-quality dog food should have the following as well:

      • healthy ingredients
      • fresh meat
      • vegetables and fruit
      • no controversial ingredients
      • no added hormones and steroids
      • no unnamed meat sources
      • right ratio of macronutrients
      • by-products in the form of organ meats
      • not overly processed

      If your dog is suffering from allergies or illnesses

      Always ask yourself these questions: Is my dog suffering from any health problems? What life stage is he or she at? Veterinarians recommend that pet parents have a better understanding of their dog’s health issues and life stage before choosing a dog food formula.

      As usual, always consult with your veterinarian for the best advice when it comes to nutrition and feeding your dog a high-quality diet!

      For more on dog food and healthy ingredients, visit: https://animalwellnessmagazine.com/brain-food-for-your-dog/

      For dog food recalls, visit:https://www.fda.gov/animalVeterinary/safetyhealth/recallswithdrawals/default.htm

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    Dog parents should always pay attention to all the ingredients within their dog food! Opt for high-quality formulas, that are manufactured by reputable dog food companies with a long history.Read up the reviews prior to purchasing, and always consult with your veterinarian as to the best advice.

    Opt for the following:

    • healthy ingredients
    • fresh meat
    • vegetables and fruit
    • no controversial ingredients
    • no added hormones and steroids
    • no unnamed meat sources
    • right ratio of macronutrients
    • by-products in the form of organ meats
    • not overly processed

    Stay away from China sourced ingredients or produced in China.

    A High-Quality Dog Food Should Have The Following:

    • no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives such as propylene glycol.
    • whole foods –no processed foods.
    • meat instead of meat meal.
    • organ meats are good. (controversial)
    • by-products such as organ meats are fine, but no non-meat parts.
    • a good source of calcium
    • vegetables for fiber and nutrients such as flavonoids
    • diets need to be tested using AAFCO feeding trials, or by formulation to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles
    • specific quality control measures to assure consistency and quality of all ingredients used, as well as for the end product.
    • diet should be complete and balanced
    • the food should indicate what life stage it is intended for?
    • AAFCO provides nutrient profiles for all different life stages, all but for one, the senior geriatric dog.
    • dog food must meet the AAFCO profiles for all life stages and must meet the minimum nutrient levels for growth and adult maintenance in dogs.
    • the dog food must be made by a reputable and knowledgeable dog food company that has the highest quality control measures.
    • it should not be made in China, nor should any of the ingredients come from China.
    • puppies should eat only a puppy food so there should be a puppy formula.
    • large breed pups like the Great Dane or German Shepherd need to be on a large breed puppy diet to ensure correct growth and no growth abnormalities.
    • contains antioxidants, Omega 3’s, healthy ingredients and a balanced diet for the appropriate life stage.

    Studies from the American Veterinarian illustrate the discrepancies between pet parents and their veterinarians when it comes to dog food.
    The study adds that” when asked whether low- or no-grain diets are healthier for dogs, 46% of pet owners said yes, while 63% of veterinary professionals said no, according to a survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Similarly, 63% of pet owners said corn was not healthy for dogs, but 50% of veterinarians said it was.” via American Veterinarian.

    That said, it’s important to consult with your veterinarian for advice most especially if you’re switching dog food formulas. Also keep updated with dog food recalls!

    For more on dog food recalls, visit: https://www.fda.gov/animalVeterinary/safetyhealth/recallswithdrawals/default.htm

    For more about brain food for dogs, and how to feed healthy, visit:https://animalwellnessmagazine.com/brain-food-for-your-dog/

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    • I am in no way connected to the content written within this website, most especially the German Shepherd blog. This website hires other writers for their blogs.Please do not contact me regarding website content. I only write content within the comments section.
      Today, there are so many seeds that benefit dogs, as well as people. Flax, chia, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds may benefit your furry best friend a lot more than you think!

      Flax seeds contain both soluble and insoluble fiber which remove toxins from the body. Flax seed also contain lignans which help with immunity, and fight inflammation. They are beneficial to the skin, and coat. Flax seeds contain Omega-3, and alpha-linoleic acid which help fight inflammation in your pooch.

      As for Chia seeds, not only are they beneficial to humans, but they may be just as good for our dogs as well. They contain Omega-3’s fatty acids, and offer fiber as well. This helps dogs go potty often, and helps too with weight-loss. Chia also contains phosphorous, proteins, zinc, vitamins, antioxidants, and B vitamins. It’s recommended that the chia seeds are soaked in water before feeding, since they do expand, and could do so after your dog has ingested them.

      Daily dosage should be up to 1/4 teaspoon for 10 pounds of canine body weight.

      Pumpkin seeds are terrific. Not only can we share them with our furry best friends, they are super- heathy too! These contain fiber,phosphorous, copper, amino acids, protein,iron, and magnesium. They also have niacin, potassium and zinc. Unsalted ones can be fed 1/4 teaspoon daily for every 10 pounds that your dog weighs. The measurements need to be exact, since eating too many may result in diarrhea and heart problems in canines.

      Sunflower seeds can be fed together with dog food or separately as a treat. Butters are also fast becoming a favorite with pooches, since they are easy to add to dog food, and increase nutritional value. Pumpkin seeds helps with neutralizing free radicals, and maintaining good cardiac health in pooches. They contain so many good things like vitamin E, selenium, magnesium, and essential fatty acids. They can be fed raw, toasted, or as a butter. Too much is problematic due to the high fat content. They too can be used as treats.

      As usual, always consult with your veterinarian for the best advice!

      For more about being healthy with dogs, visit:https://animalwellnessmagazine.com/rooibos-tea-a-healing-brew-for-you-and-your-dog/

      Dogs Prefer Being Petted To Being Praised article USDAA

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      Probiotics may be beneficial for improved digestion.”Probiotics promote the establishment and development of a desirable intestinal microbial balance. There is a delicate balance between normal and pathogenic microorganisms. This balance can be upset by poor husbandry conditions, disease, or stressors (eg, transport).” via Merck Veterinary Manual. “The production benefits are variable, and positive responses are more likely when a stressful management change may result in a change in balance of gut microflora. The effect of probiotics in older animals may be reduced because of the well-established, balanced population of microflora that is less sensitive to minor detrimental husbandry challenges.”

      Probiotics may be beneficial

      .in decreasing the amount of disease -causing bacteria in the dog’s gut
      .probiotics provide good bacteria that help with lowering intestinal pH
      .in lowering the amount of disease- causing bacteria in the gut
      .helps with diarrhea,constipation,and may help prevent bloat
      .Probiotics are good bacteria ( live organisms that live throughout the body)

      What are Prebiotics?

      .Prebiotics should be fed together with probiotics
      .They are insoluble fiber that work together with probiotics
      .Foods include bananas,apples, mushrooms,and green veggies with leaves, and work together with the probiotics
      .Both prebiotics and probiotics may be given daily regardless of whether your dog has diarrhea or other gut issues

      Which Probiotics Are Dog Friendly?

      .Earth Animal: Health Digestion
      .Natren Probiotics These are available in gel form with syringes, that make it super- easy to squirt into a dog’s mouth, or into food.
      .Natura Petz Organics. Supplements here are whole- food based, and are manufactured with minimal processing.
      . Probios is available in a dispersible powder to restore normal microbial balance in the gut.
      .Only Natural Pet Probiotic Blend Soft Chews are available as probiotic treats making it super-easy to feed.
      .Nutri-Vet Pre & Probiotics Soft Chews are liver and cheese flavored, and also promote vitality in dogs.

      A 2018 study published in PLOS One about the use of probiotics in dogs with acute hemorrhagic diarrhea syndrome (AHDS) adds that “The probiotic treatment was associated with an accelerated normalization of the intestinal microbiome. Dogs with aseptic AHDS showed a rapid decrease of netF toxin genes and fast clinical recovery in both groups under symptomatic treatment without antibiotics.” via Plos One

      Another 2015 study published in Science Direct adds that “the well-being of animals depends on the gut microbes.Specific probiotic strains may be useful in canine and feline nutrition and care. Cats and most dogs are on high carbohydrate diets and face similar life-style challenges as the human beings. The health and well-being of companion animals, just as their owners, depends on the gut microbes.
      Providing proper care and nutritionally balanced diet to companion animals is recognized as a part of our responsibility to maintain the health and well being of our pet. However, as microbiota differences may facilitate exposure to pathogens and harmful environmental influences, it is prudent to search for novel tools to protect dogs and cats and at the same time the human owners from pathogens.Probiotic supplementations have been successful in the prevention and treatment of acute gastroenteritis, treatment of IBD, and prevention of allergy in companion animals. New challenges for probiotic applications include maintenance of obesity and overweight, urogenital tract infections, Helicobacter gastritis and parasitic infections.” This study concludes that “The probiotics of human origin appear to be among the new promising tools for the maintenance of pets’ health. However, the host-derived microorganisms might be the most appropriate probiotic source.” via Science Direct.

      With numerous probiotic options for digestive health and overall immune well-being, it’s necessary for dog parents to consider the importance of probiotics. Although probiotics are added in most commercial high-quality dog food, keep in mind that dog food is heated and processed, and probiotics may be destroyed during the pet food making process. As usual, consult with your veterinarian for the best advice, when it comes to supplements and your pooch!

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