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Kibble, Dog Food, Animal Feed – The FDA Finally Cracks Down

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Kibble, Dog Food, Animal Feed – The FDA Finally Cracks Down

After the biggest pet food recall in history, the FDA has finally wised up to contaminated kibble dog food -but are they doing enough? Read on to decide.

The FDA Wises Up to Bad Pet Food

Six years later, the FDA has finally gotten the memo on contaminated, processed kibble dog food and other treats for pets. If you haven’t felt a reason to switch to natural dog food, like the kind we whip up at DOG for DOG, this New York Times article on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s slow move to regulate food for animals might finally get you to see things our way.

First, let’s get you up to speed: in 2007, the biggest pet food recall in history occurred, because Chinese producers disseminated food that contained melamine. This is a compound used in plastics – the last thing you’d ever want to feed your pet. This caused the deaths of countless animals across the US – and got the FDA to notice.

 Their Findings (Not for the Faint of Heart)

Fast forward to six years later, present day, when the FDA finally cracked down and took action. It’s a victory, for sure, but leaves one wondering what else has been present in kibble dog food all these years, or in those Jerky treats you keep around as a snack for your pooch.

Those Jerky treats, it turns out, have received some of the highest levels of backlash. Among other dangers, they’re known to cause Fanconi syndrome, a kidney disease – and account for nearly 600 pet deaths in the past six years. On top of that, all these detrimental food sources are also bad news for humans. Maybe that’s what got the FDA moving in the first place. One hook, though, is that antibiotics for pets – which are found in products like kibble dog food and can also wreak havoc on the people population – are not considered in the FDA’s proposal. So it seems as though these manufactured, and sometimes malformed, food products are not out of the woods yet.

 What Do You Think?

If you’re still not convinced that natural food items are the way to go, you can rest easier knowing that checks on how long the products are cooked will be made mandatory, as will record keeping of these procedures. Don’t think that’s enough? Let the FDA know your thoughts. For three months, they’re listening to the public’s feedback about the new regulations.

How Our Products Help

Whatever your choice is regarding natural or processed kibble dog food, it’s a no brainer that this story supports DOG for DOG’s mission to give one food item to a dog in need for every purchase you make. Sure, you might be making a concerted effort to ensure your pet’s health, but if plastics are found in mainstream food items, who’s to say what the rest of the animal population is eating?

Buy a bag of healthy DOGSFOOD from DOG for DOG to ensure a good meal for your pet. For each bag you buy, we donate an equal amount to a local pet shelter or rescue organization. With the purchase of any DOG for DOG item, you play an active role in improving the lives of dogs everywhere. Make the world a better place with us!

No Wheat Dog Food: Why Pet Owners Spend Big

by Lorna Ladd 0 Comments
No Wheat Dog Food: Why Pet Owners Spend Big

 

Man’s best friend is getting a crack at the good stuff now that their companions have shown an interest in all natural, no wheat dog food, and companies are more than happy to comply.

Good Food and Good Will

Online stores like DOG for DOG are feeding canines the good stuff and are giving plenty of goodwill as a side dish. DOG for DOG also donates a bag of dog food to a rescue organization for every bag of dog food purchased. While it is their mission to help dogs in need, they aren’t alone in offering no wheat dog food. Many are clamoring to sell similar fare to a growing customer base that is increasingly health conscious not only for themselves, but for every member of their families. And that includes

Better Ingredients for a Better Life

But why are customers shelling out extra bucks to ensure their dogs are getting all natural, no wheat dog food? According to a recent article featured on the Christian Science Monitor, it has to do with a tendency to humanize pets. In the wake of studies linking human health to diet, and ill health to pesticides and processed foods, people are also more conscious of what they Considering the ingredient list in many conventional dog foods, it’s not hard to see why they’d choose a healthier product for their loved ones. Animal by-products like hooves, guts and other possibly diseased parts, agricultural leftovers consisting of grains unfit for human consumption, and plenty of other unsavory bits are routine fare in dog food.

While research has shown that eating a diet rich in nutrients can stave off illnesses and cancers, the same could be true for canines, who share a similar diet to humans and who also suffer a host of ailments that could possibly be improved or prevented by eating right, from arthritis to

Grain Free Dog Food

For example, DOG for DOG corn, soy, and wheat free dog food contains items that sound familiar and even appetizing to people. An Ocean Fish/Salmon combo called DOGSFOOD is a grain- free blend consisting of  fish, and fruits and veggies like blueberries, apples, beets and spinach. It even boasts of flax seeds, which contain omega fatty acids, as well as probiotics (good bacteria that aids in digestion). By doling out the bucks now, consumers might actually be saving money on vet visits later if the hype about all natural, wheat free dog food is true. And a healthier, happier Fido is reason enough for many pet owners.

It appears that the emphasis on well-being by way of nutrition that’s sweeping the nation of consumers is now being extended to the animal kingdom. When it comes to healthy eating, man’s best friend may be the leader of the pack.

 

 

 

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Recommendations from Your Vet | Vet Recommended Dog Food

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Recommendations from Your Vet | Vet Recommended Dog Food

Responsible dog owners want to know how to keep their dog healthy.  A common vet recommended approach is to ensure good nutrition and a proper well-balanced diet may actually prevent many chronic health problems that your dog could develop in old age. So what is the vet recommended dog food that provides your dog the best nutrition? Well, a vet will tell you that there is no single best dog food to buy for your dog, but there is a rule of thumb you can follow that can help you narrow down all of those choices on the market.

A Rule of Thumb

Dogs are natural carnivores, and their metabolic systems are set up for meat-based diets. Dogs don’t actually digest grains very well and derive little nutrition from them. A good rule of thumb to follow when you are buying your dry dog food has to do with this fact: is the dog food meat-based? Or is it grain-based?

Many commercial dog foods feature corn, wheat, or soy as primary ingredients. Corn figures especially prominently in cheaper dog foods, because it is an inexpensive filler material which is often combined with smaller amounts of low-quality meat ingredients. Dogs don’t digest grains like corn very well, and as a result, receive poor nutrition from it, which will lead to health problems down the road. The best thing you can do for your dog is buy higher quality meat-based dog foods. Make sure meats like chicken, lamb and salmon, are high up on the ingredients list. Omega fatty acids and probiotics are also welcome for promoting healthy skin and hair, as well as anti-oxidants for healthy immune systems.

Narrowing It Down

There are also specific vet recommended dog food brands you can look for, depending on the breed and age of your dog. Most larger breeds of dogs and older dogs are prone to weight gain and under-activity, so a low-weight formulation works the best for these dogs. Look for vegetable fibers for your older dog as well. Smaller breeds, lactating dogs, and higher-energy dogs should get plenty of protein in their diets. Chicken proteins are great for these dogs as well.

Keep in mind that these are general guidelines that should help you narrow down your dog food choices and enable you to find the dog food that is just right for your dog. Every person’s dog is different, and if you pay attention to their health and the specific diet they are getting, you should be able to find out what works the best. Talk to your vet and discuss the habits and health of your dog. Any vet recommended dog food should get you well on your way to ensuring your pet’s long term nutrition and health. Shop DOG for DOG for vet recommended dog food today.

DOGSFOOD Wins BEST IN SHOW!!

by DOG for DOG Team
DOGSFOOD Wins BEST IN SHOW!!


We are pleased to announce that DOGSGOOD won BEST IN SHOW at the New Product Showcase from the 2014 Global Pet Expo!! This is the highest award that can be won in the pet industry!

DOGSFOOD is all natural, packed with fruits and vegetables, probiotics, amino acids and contains multiple protein sources. And DOGSFOOD is extruded NOT baked to ensure the maximum amount of nutrients and vitamins. DOGSFOOD is available in Grain Free with Ocean Fish, Pork & Brown Rice and New Zealand Lamb. And the best part is that for every bag purchased we give a bag to a dog in need. In 2013 we gave 52,000 pounds to shelters!

 

The Best Dog Food Blogs

by Lorna Ladd
The Best Dog Food Blogs

When it comes to finding online advice on what to feed your dog, you only want to take tips from the best dog food blog out there. As dog owners, it can be confusing to know what types of foods are acceptable for your dog to eat and which must be avoided at all costs. As with humans, the nutritional needs of each dog varies according to the individual animal. A number of factors come into play, including breed, size, age, weight, and more. It’s important to feed your dog properly to make sure they’re afforded the best possible quality of life.

The following blogs provide expert advice on what to feed your four-legged friend to keep him strong and healthy:

Truth About Pet Food

http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/

The best dog food blog doesn’t just tell you what to feed your dog ─ it also offers tips on what not to feed him. The Truth About Pet Food provides information on pet food recalls, pet food ingredients, pet food regulations, and recent pet food news.

Just Food for Dogs

http://justfoodfordogs.com/blog/

Just Food for Dogs, a Los Angeles based pet food retailer is not only dedicated to selling healthy food, the company is also committed to providing helpful doggie nutrition tips on its blog. Categories on the blog include dog health, fun for dogs, charity, cooking, news, and more.

Dog Food Advisor

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/blog/

Check out this site to find helpful information to keep your furry friend on a healthy, well-balanced diet. Dog Food Advisor covers topics such as the best types of dog foods on the market, dog food reviews, dog food recalls, a dog food calculator, and other helpful information.

While the best dog food blog may be a matter of subjective opinion, these three sites offer wonderful information to properly feed your four-legged best friend. Subscribe to them or check back often to make sure you’re not missing out on any new and important information.

Join Forces with DOG for DOG

You’re committed to finding the best dog food blog to learn great tips to feed your pooch and we’re dedicated to making the healthiest food on the market to keep your furry friend happy and healthy. Not only are we devoted to keeping your dog healthy, we want to extend our reach to other local dogs in need. When you purchase an item from DOG for DOG, we donate an equal value to a local shelter or pet organization in need.

Shop our online store or use our store locator to find a retailer in your area. From one dog lover to another, we know how great it feels to help out hungry dogs in need.

How Much Food Does Your Dog Need

by Lorna Ladd
How Much Food Does Your Dog Need

You know your dog loves to eat. Sometimes you may even wonder if your furry friend would eat the entire bag of dog food if you allowed it.

This inability to stop eating when full can make it difficult to determine how much food your dog needs each day. While you can refer to the labels on the bag of dog food for a general idea, the information isn’t specific enough to determine the needs of your specific dog.

The amount of food a dog needs includes factors such as breed, age, activity level, size, and the type of food you’re providing.

Determining the Proper Amount of Food

Most puppies need to eat three times per day until they’re eight weeks old. After that, you can put them on a twice-per-day feeding schedule.

Figuring out exactly how much food to put in their bowls can be a bit trickier. Thankfully there are a number of online calculators available, where you can plug in pertinent information about your dog, to see how much food he needs.

Many dog owners also don’t realize the impact the type of food you feed your pet has on portion size. The first ingredients listed by many major manufacturers is often cornmeal and meat-based byproducts, which aren’t intended for consumption by dogs. Ironically, the best tasting dry dog food ─ that with first ingredients including chicken, turkey, beef, or fish ─ is also the most nutritious.

Find the Best Tasting Dry Dog Food at DOG for DOG

You don’t want to eat foods that taste bad and neither does your dog. While your furry friend can’t use words to tell you which dog foods taste good and which ones should be left off the menu, you may notice a difference in their level of enthusiasm for the food.

At DOG for DOG, we take pride in producing the best tasting dry dog food on the market. Dogs have taste buds too, and it’s our job to make sure they’re satisfied. Our delicious line of dry dog food includes delicacies like DOGSFOOD Pork & Brown Rice, 4.5lbDOGSFOOD Grain Free with Ocean Fish & Salmon 4.5lb, and DOGSFOOD Lamb & Brown Rice, 4.5lb.

Additionally, all of our products are corn, soy, and wheat free, so you can be rest assured your best friend is eating a well-balanced diet.

We also offer all naturaldog treats that are not only tasty, but good for your dog.

When you purchase the best tasting dry dog food for your dog, you’re also feeding those in need. For every bag of dog food you purchase, we donate an equal amount to a local pet shelter or rescue organization in need.

Nutrition and Dog Food for Dry Skin

by Lorna Ladd
Nutrition and Dog Food for Dry Skin

No one wants to be uncomfortable in their own skin. However, dry skin causes itchiness, flaking, and genuine irritation ─ both in humans and dogs.

Dogs scratch for a number of reasons, so it’s important to make sure dry skin is to blame before rushing him to the vet or purchasing specialty dog food for dry skin. A little scratching is nothing to worry about, but when it turns into incessant licking, biting, and chewing, then it’s time to become concerned. If your dog is causing harm to himself with chronic itching, he needs your help.

Excessive itching is the second most common reason people take their dogs to the vet. The main issues that cause this problem are an issue with the skin itself or allergies.

Identifying Dry Skin

Determining if your pooch needs dog food for dry skin is relatively simple. If you notice dandruff flakes and cracked, tough skin, dryness is likely to blame. Similarly to humans, dry skin can be caused by environment, but diet can also be to blame. Many pet food companies remove the good oils from their food that help dogs maintain healthy skin and a shiny coat. While most dogs eat dry food, many brands commonly assist in dehydrating their skin and hair.

It’s important to choose specific dry dog foods that contain digestive enzymes to assist in the release of nutrients and helpful probiotic bacteria and aid in digestion. When your dog has a healthy digestive system, fluids are more easily absorbed into the body, which improve hydration and increase the moisture of the skin and fur.

Find the Best Dog Food for Dry Skin at DOG for DOG

At DOG for DOG, we know what nutrients your dog needs to stay healthy and happy. Our corn, soy, and wheat free products are specially designed to give best your friend all the nutrients he needs, so he won’t suffer from dry skin.

All DOG for DOG products are all natural and locally sourced, so you can be confident that your dog is eating only the finest quality food. Our products, such as DOGSFOOD Pork & Brown Rice and DOGSFOOD Grain Free with Ocean Fish & Salmon are not only delicious, but also serve as effective dog food for dry skin prevention.

Our dry dog food includes balanced Omega fatty acids for healthier skin and a shinier hair coat, is AFFCO certified for all life stages, and is fortified with antioxidants to support a strong immune system.

At DOG for DOG we know how important it is for you to find an effective dog food for dry skin prevention, as every owner wants their dog to be happy and healthy.

The Best Dry Food for Small Dogs

by Lorna Ladd
The Best Dry Food for Small Dogs

It can be difficult to determine the best dry food for small dogs, especially for new pet owners trying to get their dog settled into a routine.

Every dog has different needs, so you can’t use the general guidelines given on pet food containers to determine what’s best for your small dog. The size, breed, age, activity level, and ideal weight of the dog all play a major role in its diet.

It’s best to talk to your vet about the best dry food for small dogs and how much to feed your dog each day, as this is different with each pet. Your vet can also help you choose a type of food that may help prevent your dog from certain diseases. Your vet can also help you determine the number of calories your dog needs to consume each day, but most pet food labels do not provide information on calories. It’s important to contact the manufacturer to obtain this information, so you know the proper amount to feed your dog.

Also, choose a brand of dry dog food that is AFFCO certified for all life stages. Don’t let labels containing words like “gourmet” and “premium” sway you, as these are just fancy words not actually representative of ingredients in the bag.

Switching Dog Food

If you feel like you’re not feeding your furry friend the best dry food for small dogs and you want to switch brands, be sure to do so gradually. Give your dog a mixture of 75% old food and 25% new food for a few days, then a half-and-half mixture for a few days, then mix 75% old with 25% new for a few days, until finally making a complete switch.

Find the Best Dry Food for Small Dogs at DOG for DOG

At DOG for DOG, we know what your small dog needs to stay healthy and strong. Our corn, soy, and wheat free products are specially designed to give your tiny four-legged friend all the nutrients he needs.

All DOG for DOG products are all natural and locally sourced, so you can be confident that your dog is eating only the finest quality food. Our products, such as DOGSFOOD Pork & Brown Rice and DOGSFOOD Grain Free with Ocean Fish & Salmon are not only delicious, but also serve as the best dry food for small dogs due to the health benefits offered. Our products are also AFFCO certified for all life stages.

At DOG for DOG we think every dog deserves to eat a balanced diet, so for every bag you purchase, we donate an equal amount to a local pet shelter or rescue organization in need.