As a long-time dog writer and blogger, one of the most frequently asked questions I receive is, “Which food should I feed my dog?”
My answer has evolved with time because as a pet parent and educator, I know better, so I do better, and I impart this information on to you, dedicated dog moms and dog dads.
The best food to feed your dog is the one that works for him or her. Like people, all dogs do not eat the same diet, nor should they. I’ve been a dog mom to Cocker Spaniels throughout various stages of their lives and I’ve helped in the rescue and placement of countless numbers of dogs. The one thing I have learned that is most important to share with you: Dogs, like people, are what they eat.
Fidose Food Spotlight: Natural Balance® L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets®
Our dog’s best friend, Zola, is now 12 years young. Long time readers of this blog know Zola because she and our dog, Dexter, share many adventures together. Just like human best friends, their needs are different but their dietary requirements are similar. We ALL want our dogs to eat a more natural pet food and thrive on it.
Zola is a tried and true Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diet dog. Her mom wants Zola to eat a grain-free formula of dog food and she enjoys ease of access to get the food when shopping at PetSmart®.
Is Natural Balance LID Right For Your Dog?
Healthy Skin and Coat: This dog food features Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids help to maintain healthy skin and a luxurious coat. Those are fancy terms but are both important to a dog’s overall health.
Omega 3’s tend to get talked about in dog circles or at a veterinary visit. It is believed that Omega 3’s help to treat or prevent disease. Dogs are unable to make their Omega 3 fatty acids because they are physiologically unable to do so. It makes sense, then, to provide them as a source in Natural Balance.
Omega 6’s are also essential fatty acids, like Omega 3’s. Fatty acids in both the 3 and 6 group should be provided to dogs in a balanced diet with a ratio that meets the dog’s needs.
Look at Zola’s beautiful coat:
Dogs have different anatomical systems than people. This is why we cannot feed them certain ingredients, like chocolate, for example. Dogs also process food differently than we do. Zola was diagnosed with some digestive issues many years ago. The veterinarian wanted her on a diet that would keep her stomach lining calm. Zola’s mom knew that a limited ingredient diet with a single source protein was imperative.
Digestive health is another one of those “buzz” phrases that everyone says but no one really explains when it comes to dog food and what it really means. You want your dog to use the nutrients from his or her dog food to build and repair tissues and obtain energy. Makes sense, right?
Your dog’s food can have a major impact on his or her overall gastrointestinal health. Dogs cannot readily digest food made with low quality ingredients. Even dogs with the strongest of stomachs will show signs of improper digestion with time if the dog food is of poor quality.
Here are the exact ingredients from Zola’s dog food, Duck and Potato Natural Balance LID Limited Ingredient Diet:
This dog food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages. Zola thrives on this food now as she did when her mom switched over years ago to the Natural Balance line.
If You Aren’t a Scientist or Nutritionist
Those who know me know that I am not the world’s greatest cook. Therefore, a diet that my own dog would eat has to be nutritionally sound where I don’t have to worry about what ingredients are in it: I just want to feed it with peace of mind.
A natural balance in a quality dog food means the protein, fat, carbs, and other nutrients are minerals are properly balanced.
This is why if you feed your dog a good food like Natural Balance LID, any table scraps that you might give will upset the digestive process. Thanks to the balance and quantities of nutrients in the dog food, the table scraps are unnecessary. A good diet promotes overall good health.
At 12, Zola’s teeth are in great shape, too, see?
Beyond the ingredients and how your dog processes the food, you want it to be an enjoyable experience for the dog. Zola gets a meal of both dry and canned food, the latter of which her mom microwaves a bit to warm it up and give her a yummy tastes-like-a-home -cooked-meal without the work, see?
The next time you are at PetSmart, check out the Natural Balance LID Limited Ingredient Line. In addition to the food, they do have a LIT Limited Ingredient Treat® selection worth checking out.
Here’s to good health and a long, healthy life for you and your dog!
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