Before we start…Specialty or breed specific diets
Other than mothers’ milk, how different are the foods we as humans eat throughout our lives? Baby food is ground up people food…grandmas’ diet usually is better food, just less of it…NO? Can you imagine cooking specialty food for your Thanksgiving meal? A food for your short brown haired niece, one for your large Italian cousin, something specialty for your sister’s Asian husband, and so on! A bit ridiculous… why are there specialty pet foods? Marketing, shelf placement and how wonderfully special that they created a special food just for MY dog….by having all of these specialty diets they avoid the main reason, Quality is the answer, not variety. Better food is the answer and that happens to be the first thing that is removed from the product as the costs in marketing, distribution, sales force, shipping several times over are all considered bringing a product to market. YOU ARE BUYING DIRECTLY FROM ME, SO OUR MONEY (yours and mine) are in the bag!
Feeding Puppies & Older Dogs
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During the first seven months of your dog’s life, he will increase his birth weight from 15 to 40 times. By the end of his first year, his birth weight may increase up to 60 times and his skeletal development may almost be complete. Being a puppy, he needs approximately twice the amount of food as would an adult dog. The most critical period is between 4 and 7 months. If the diet is inadequate, the major organs will receive their share of nutrition primarily at the expense of bones and muscles. A malformation of the hip socket, dysplasia, appears to be linked to nutrient deficiency. The proper food can reduce or retard further degeneration and may even correct an existing problem.
Feeding Older Dogs
Slightly underfeeding an older dog brings back many of its youthful behaviors and results in a longer life. Dogs, like people, tend to gain weight as they age and their metabolism slows.
If your older dog refuses to eat, which happens at different times of the year, pay attention! It may be time to alternate your grains and meat, for example, from chicken to beef, or vice versa. If your dog refuses to eat anything, don’t panic. Going without food for a few days helps cleanse his system. The most essential thing is to make sure he remains bright and alert and is drinking at least his normal amount of water.
Our experience has taught us that it is very beneficial to seasonally cleanse your older pet. You can witness a return to younger behavior and vitality!