The All Important-Food and Diet

*I am not a vet, the ideas on this blog are just for your own purposes, and is a result of 20 years of research.  Please consult your vet if you are looking into changing your pet’s diet.

For some reason, what to feed your dog or cat seems to at times, turn into a heated debate.  What I am about to say is not to put anyone down, but to hopefully educate those who are looking for good, healthy food for your fur baby.

Go and look at the bag or can of food that you feed your dog/cat.  I’ll wait…okay.  Is corn or corn meal any of the first ingredients on the list?  If it is, you may want to think about changing the food you are feeding.

Let’s look at it this way, cornmeal, or corn of any sort is a filler in your animal’s food.  Also, if any of the first 5 ingredients are anything like wheat, soy, anything ending in -meal (cornmeal, chicken byproduct meal), these are comparable to humans eating junk food.  A lot of those ingredients are high carbs and can lead to health issues in your animal, such as: diabetes or even heart problems.  It’s like us eating at Taco Bell or McDonald’s all the time.

The reason the first 5 ingredients are important is that those ingredients make up the bulk of the food that you are feeding your pet.  If you start feeding healthier food, it’s cheaper in the long run.  Your trips to the vet will be cheaper and less often, your animal’s teeth and bones will be stronger and healthier, and the overall health will improve.  My Sasha was eating Ol’ Roy dog food at the shelter, and was not very active or healthy.  We started to feed her healthy food and right away we noticed she is perkier, her coat is so soft and shiny, her teeth are wonderful, and she is a healthy weight.

Also, your vet may be trying to push you to use Hills Science Diet.  A lot of vets end up getting a kickback from that food.  And admittedly, several vets have told me that in all the years they go to school to become a vet, they DO NOT take any classes on nutrition.  If a vet wants to learn about nutrition, they must do it on their own time and do their own research.

If you are curious about what types of foods to feed your dog, this site is wonderful for telling you all the information you may want to know about the health of the food you are feeding your dog.

Dog Food Reviews

On that link you will also see reviews for wet food and even raw food.  What is a raw food diet?  Here is a link that explains more about what the raw food diet (also known as the BARF diet) is.

Raw Food Diet

Similarly, there is a good site to review all the kinds of cat food that is out there to ensure your cat is being fed a healthy diet.  Here is the site for cats.

Cat Food Reviews

There are also raw food diets for cats, the idea behind these diets is that what a cat will eat in the wild is prey and organs and basically raw food.  If you want a healthy diet to feed your cat and to understand the benefits of this feeding style, here is a link to give your more information.

Making cat food

It is important to note that if you are changing your pet’s diet, you must go SLOW and TRANSITION the diet, otherwise you may risk stomach/digestion issues.

I will never tell someone what to feed their fur baby, I can only help guide someone if they ask.  People have asked me what I feed my babies because they seem quite healthy.

Sasha’s Diet

  • Morning: 1/2 cup Wellness Core original recipe dry food, 1/4 can of Wellness Core Salmon, Whitefish and Herring.
  • Afternoon: 1/2 cup Wellness Core original recipe dry food
  • Evening: 1/4 cup Wellness Core original recipe dry food
  • Bedtime snack: 1/4 cup Wellness Core original recipe dry food
Isis’ Diet
  • Morning: 1TBSP. Wellness canned cat food (whatever flavor at the moment, we rotate among all the grain free recipes). Plus 1/2 TBSP. pumpkin (helps to aid with hairballs, it helps to reduce them by having them move through the digestive tract and evacuating the body through bowel movements instead of through vomiting.  If you purchase, make sure it is 100% pumpkin and NOT pumpkin pie filling).
  • Afternoon: 1 TBSP. Wellness canned cat food, 1/2 TBSP. pumpkin
  • Evening: Catswell Happy Hips and Vita Kitty treats (it’s jerky strips for cats, very tiny, and I just cut them up and give them to her, it’s like vitamins for her and helps her hips and joints. Since she has been eating these, she has turned into a kitten and runs and plays with vigor!)
  • Bedtime snack: 1TBSP. Wellness canned cat food, 1/2 TBSP. pumpkin.
Also, every once in a while, Sasha will get a treat.  We feed her all natural treats called Bully Sticks.  We order these online and they are delivered fast!
At the same Bully Sticks website, we order her Antlers as a chew toy, since she is in her chewing phase.  These are humanely harvested, since antlers are shed once per year.  If you are ordering these, make sure you order a large enough size so that your dog cannot get them in her back teeth, otherwise the antler will be gone within hours.  We order Sasha the Jumbo size antler and that lasts her about a month.  We may order her the Monster size for Christmas but sshhhh don’t tell her 😉

Here is the link to the food I feed both Sasha and Isis.

Wellness Dog and Cat Food

I feed both Sasha and Isis grain free diets, no gluten, no soy, no corn,no wheat, no grains.  These are the ingredients that cause the most allergic reactions in animals.  They would not be eating these things in the wild, so why feed that to them now?  I am a preventative person, so I make sure that I am not feeding them something that could potentially cause an allergy.

Some of the indications of an allergy to these ingredients include: diarrhea, constipation, constant scratching around the mouth or ears,scratching around the rump, skin rashes, indigestion and discomfort, sluggish behavior, irritability, constant scratching of the stomach area, as well as sometimes chewing of the paws.  There may be other reactions, it is best to ask your vet if you suspect your pet has an allergy.  They may suggest doing an elimination diet.

I am slowly going to transition them to raw food diets.  Since they are both shelter animals, the food they were fed was sub-par and I want to take it slow so that they do not get ill.  Right now, they are doing well and have had their wellness checks with the vet and passed with flying colors.  I always say to feed what you can afford, and to research, research, research what is out there for your fur babies.  I know I want mine to live long and healthy lives.  It’s not about quantity of life but quality of life.

I will probably write many posts about food here, but if you have questions, feel free to ask.  Like I have said, I have been doing research and I can find you the information you may need.

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About furbabiesfurever

Just a furmom taking care of "less" adoptables-a dog and cat that are black, always adopting and not shopping. Love many activities,my oscar fish, animals, shopping, friends, family, life, my husband and of course my fur babies.

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