The choices out there on what to feed your dog are endless.
There's canned, dry, homemade and raw- as just to name a few.
And along with those choices comes a lengthy list of Pros and Cons, not to mention all the varying differences in opinion over which way is the best, most nutritious way, which way is the most beneficial way to feed our dogs, and which way is flat out "wrong."
Then of course there are other considerations to factor in, like cost, value, quality of ingredients and the ability to know and understand what all those crazy ingredients actually are & it can be very confusing and overwhelming, considering the fact that dogs have individual nutritional needs as well as varying digestive systems.
So, where do we start and how do we know we're making the right choices for beloved four legged friends?
Well, that's what this page is all about.
Read on to learn more...
The truth is, there are benefits and risks to any diet & the decision to feed commercial, raw or cooked fresh foods is a personal one. While fresh foods are obviously better than processed foods, a good quality dry commercial kibble is still better than a poorly designed homemade diet.
Also, not everyone has the time or ability to research and prepare a well balanced
homemade diet for their pet when life is already so busy and hectic.
That being said, there are still excellent options out there for those who do
wish to feed a dry commercial kibble, so long as you know what to look for
on an ingredient label and what to stay away from.
For more information on the type of food
we choose to feed our dogs & puppies, or to
place your first order, please see bottom of page.
Before making the decision to
purchase & feed any dry kibble, it's
important to pay attention to the ingredient list so you can be certain of what the food is made up of. Understanding what those ingredients are, as well as how they're derived, processed and added is just
as crucial since it should be the
determining factor when
Are NOT a compelete source of protein. They are typically the internal remains of an animal & do NOT include the "muscle meat". Often times this includes diseased tissues & organs of the
animal being used.
This overly processed rice has been completely stripped of it's nutrients thru a milling process which separates it from its kernel & reduces it into mere fragments. It is NOT a high quality ingredient & is used by many dog food companies because it is much cheaper than brown rice or
whole ground rice.
Originally developed as a stabilizer for rubber, Ethoxyquin has also been used as a pesticide for fruit & a color preservative for spices. Though highly controversial, it is still legally allowed to be used in pet food even though it's never been proven to be safe for the lifespan of companion animals. It is also thought to be linked to thyroid, kidney, reproductive and immune
related illnesses, as well as cancer.
These unnatural ingredients are chemically enhanced & added to improve the look & taste of food, but provide absolutely NO nutritional value whatsoever.
This is one way dog food companies can move meat further up on an ingredient list. By splitting an ingredient like wheat, it enables them to list it separately in as many ways as it's been altered or processed, meaning wheat may be found several times on the same list but worded different ways such as: wheat, wheat shorts, whole wheat, ground wheat, etc. This is done to ensure that it will NOT appear as the first ingredient, since it's been "split." even though it contains more wheat than actual meat & because labels are required to list any one ingredient in order of its highest proportion or ratios.
We feed a combination diet of high quality dry kibble (TLC Pet Food) that is free of corn, wheat, soy or any meat by-products. The first two ingredients are (and should be) listed as real meat.
In addition to this, we also offer homemade fresh foods at just about every feeding combined in with their dry kibble.
Typical fresh ingredients we offer are cooked brown rice, barley, fresh beef cuts & beef livers, fresh chicken, chicken hearts, chicken gizzards, canned salmon, & a wide variety of fresh fruits & vegetables like carrots, peas, green beans, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, apples and cranberries.
Plain yogurt, hard boiled eggs & fresh meaty bones are also offered as a special treat.
TLC Whole Life Natural Dog Food provides natural & biologically beneficial lifelong nutrition to help your dog thrive. The TLC formula delivers the ultimate balance of quality meats, animal fats, vitamins & minerals to mirror your dog's natural diet.
Each ingredient in TLC is carefully selected for its nutritional & health benefits. Animal and plant ingredients are never frozen and arrive fresh daily from local farms and oceans.
Meat First - Ancestral Diet
Fresh, Whole Natural ingredients
Ingredients & Food Naturally Preserved
Highest Levels of Chondroitin & Glucosamine
Probiotics (Beneficial Bacteria) & Prebiotics
Protection Against Diabetes & Obesity
Healthier, Shinier Coat
Protection Against Allergies
No By-Products, Corn, Wheat, Fillers, Artificial Flavors or Colors