I consider myself a healthy eater. I opt for organic, fresh food. I don’t eat junk food, never really have. I know the difference a healthy diet has on my body, mind and spirit. So when it comes to my dog, I wanted to make sure I was feeding her a healthy diet.
But what exactly is a healthy diet when it comes to dogs? There seems to be much debate as to what is truly beneficial for dogs. Originally, I opted for an all natural canned food of simply chicken and veggies, sometime beef and veggies.
This worked well for a while, but eventually my dog started having stomach and intestinal upsets. I thought it might be the treats, so I eliminated those, but the problem continued. I tried changing to only a chicken dinner, no beef, no added vegetables. But, the problem continued.
Scared that this might be a bigger issue than just diet, I headed to the vet. Fortunately, the examine showed she had no major health issues. According to my vet, my dog’s intestinal upsets could have been triggered by something other than diet. A change in home environment, new stressors, loud noises.
Well, that hadn’t dawned on me, but there were two homes on my street undergoing major construction – the noise was like fireworks daily. No wonder my dog was having issues.
The vet recommended I change her diet to simply boiled chicken and rice to make things a bit easier on her digestive system. That did the trick and she loved it. So, I decided to keep her on that diet, preparing a weeks worth of meals in advance and storing them. It seemed simple enough, but I’ll admit there were times when I’d be rushing to the store to get more chicken.
What’s in your dog’s food?
I thought I had found the perfect solution, despite the noisy construction, her intestinal problems had disappeared. So this was the new diet and our routine for the past year. Until, I started reading reports of how a grain free diet was actually not healthy for our four-legged friends.
According to an article on dogfooddirect.com, the FDA is investigating the possibility of a condition called canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs that primarily eat a grain-free diet.
The article states that over 90 percent of the foods reported in dogs with DCM did not contain corn, soy, wheat, rice, or barley. And that most of the dog foods now considered as unhealthy contained peas, lentils, and sweet potatoes.
The affects of a grain free diet are still under investigation, however, this news was enough to send me searching for a healthy dog food.
A healthy choice in dog food
While I wasn’t giving my dog natural grain substitutes like lentils or chickpeas, I was told by my vet that dogs need the fat, protein and minerals that come from all parts of an animal – in my dog’s case, chicken.
Well I wasn’t about to start chopping up every piece of the chicken and grinding it into a dog food. But I did find what I consider to be the perfect solution, Just Food For Dogs (JFFD). And, no this isn’t just a pitch for the company. I have seen some similar products mostly in health food stores. But, I find that this food gives my dog all the nutrients she needs, I can order it online and she loves it. Plus, I’ve noticed that her energy level is considerably up. She’s much more playful than she was when I was feeding her simply boiled chicken breast.
Finding the right food for your dog and your budget may require a bit of testing. But know that veterinarians agree that a nutritious dog food contains; meat, vegetables, grains, and fruits as the non-meat foods provide essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber.