Whole Dog Challenge: Day 2

May 18th, 2014 by Cassie


wdcday2DN: If your brand of food rated less than 3 stars on the Dog Food Advisor, consider switching foods.

PPN: If there are more foods on your processed foods side of the list, try upping your number of fresh foods today.

E: Take a trip to somewhere new! Ex: go to Home Depot, or find a new trail/path to walk on. Here is a link to some good dog-friendly hikes in Colorado. And here you will find some good dog-friendly local businesses

H: Choose a different one than yesterday: Trim your dog’s nails, Clean his/her ears, or brush him/her



Why is it important to know what’s in your dog’s food?  Your dog’s body is a complex biological system. For top performance and optimum health, it requires proper nourishment. Your dog needs appropriate consumption of protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water. In regards to training, it is important to remember that the brain is an organ. It requires nourishment the same way the rest of the body does.

What to look for in your dog’s food: 

Named animal proteins and named animal protein meals in the first three listed ingredient. One of these should be the first ingredient. Ex. Chicken, duck, rabbit meal, beef meal

Named animal ingredients like “chicken” or “lamb” are fresh, cleaned meats. Named animal meals like “chicken meal” and “lamb meal” have been cooked and dried. While meals are more processed than fresh meat, they provide more than five times the amount of available protein. In dry “kibble” foods, named meal can be a prime ingredient.

Appropriate carbohydrate binders: If you chose to feed a kibble based diet, look for one with quality carbohydrates. (Every kibble requires a carbohydrate source to maintain the kibble shape during processing.) Many canned and dehydrated foods use carbohydrate sources as well. Look for rice, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, barley and millet.

What to avoid in your dog’s food: 

Any unspecified animal protein/fat sources. If a species is not named, the ingredient could contain anything from the carcasses and body parts deemed unfit for human consumption to road kill and euthanized animals. Ex. meat meal, poultry meal, animal fat, meat and bone meal, poultry fat, rendered fat.

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