One of the questions I am asked over and over in my career is “which food is best for my dog?” Simply stated, the one that is best for your dog is the one that works for your dog.
If walking down the dog food aisle of a pet supply store dizzies you, take heart that you are not alone. Since this blog is called FiDOSE of Reality, we cut to the chase and go behind the shiny dog on the front of a bag. We look at the ingredients on the back and only once that test is passed, do we consider if the dog food is worthy of further investigation.
Only you can decide what works for your dog’s age, breed, size, and considering his or her health.
With the rise of allergies affecting dogs, there are a bevy of dog food choices available to pet parents. Keep in mind that most dogs that are itching and scratching due to their diet probably have a food sensitivity/intolerance and not a food allergy.
I love to take my dog to the park, do things outdoors with him, and I certainly cannot have environmental issues affecting him. We already know that he cannot tolerate certain food ingredients. Well, check this photo out below, and he clearly makes poor choices on his own.
Food allergy: Affects multiple organs in the body and causes an immune system reaction, which can be severe or even life threatening.
Food intolerance: With the addition of grains into dog food, millions of dogs have developed a food intolerance wherein digestive issues or skin problems result, and that includes itching.
So a pet parent walks into a pet supply store and just wants something healthy to feed their dog that is a limited ingredient diet and produced here in the United States. What product is one that they can take comfort in feeding? Keep reading to see what happened to my last dog.
We recently returned from a vacation with our dog, and I feel good knowing that our dog did not have any environmental allergy flare ups and that there are foods on the market that share in our healthy pet philosophy. Here’s Dexter cruising the coast line of Provincetown, Massachusetts, looking for shells. I love his zest and spirit for life. I love that I am married to someone who believes in keeping our dog in shape, as much as I do. Click the video below to see my outdoor boy in action. He is literally combing the beach for shells!
Blast from the Past
Years ago, when I had my Cocker Spaniel, Brandy Noel, she developed some issues later in life. Our veterinarian wanted her on a limited ingredient diet, and one of the brands he mentioned was Pinnacle®. I did not know then what I do now. Today I am more well-informed dog mom who understands that not all food is created equal.
We tried to find the Pinnacle dog food at that time, but our local stores did not carry it. Hurrah that times have changed. I don’t think we need to over think what we feed our beloved pets. We do, however, need to be cognizant of the ingredients in that bag, box, or can.
Let’s cut right to the chase, and here are the facts on Pinnacle:
- Canned or bagged kibble
- Limited ingredients
- Grain free
- Made in California
- Contains more natural ingredients like Quinoa, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, Sea kelp, and Cottage Cheese (you know, like WE, people, eat)
- Good for dogs with sensitive stomachs (and this was my last dog’s issue)
My Brandy Noel was an active little girl, too. Dogs are a very important part of my life and they are included in all our plans.
The next time you are in need of a new dog food, are considering switching food for your dog, and just need the facts without a sales hype, this is all you need:
Check out the ingredients; they are listed in descending order by weight. Meat can appear first due to higher moisture content than the dry ingredients in the food. Several different forms of the same ingredient may be listed separately, commonly known as “ingredient splitting.”
If the pet food name says, “formula, recipe, dinner, entrée, or platter,” for AAFCO standards, it must contain at least 25 percent of the named ingredient.
Where to Go Next
If you are interested in trying Pinnacle for your dog, check out their store locator here.
Do your homework and visit the Pinnacle Facebook page.
Consider this final startling statistic: $22.26 billion was spent on food in the United States in 2014 on our pets, and that number is expected to increase this year. $22.26 billion. With the array of choices in dog foods available, dogs are what they are eating. Our dogs can’t shop the aisles, read the labels, and make a concerted decision on what is best for them. That’s our job as their pet parents, so be armed with information and be the owner your dog wants you to be.
I want my dog to enjoy his outdoor adventures with me. Together we will make that happen.
Fidose of Reality only reviews products and provides information to our readers if the products are ones we would use. As always, check with your dog’s veterinarian before making any dietary changes.
Are you a savvy label reader when it comes to dog food? Do you know what’s in the ingredients in your dog’s food?