"FOOD IS THE FIRST MEDICINE" - HIPPOCRATES

Good health starts with the basics and the best dog food you can find.

We use only the highest quality all natural dog foods available and you can too. It may cost a little more per pound but you will be purchasing MUCH less food in the long run. Don't forget these are small dogs who eat only one to one and a half cups of dog food a day. We suggest 2 or 3 very small meals daily until 2 months old and then twice daily thereafter. Fresh clean water should be available at all times. If a high quality food is used, you will find that Norfolks will never need a large quantity of food over their whole lifetime. Cheaper food just means more volume of food required and larger stools produced for you to pick up after.

We use Life's Abundance, and occasionally Natural Balance or Wellness with all natural human grade foods. No processed chemicals added that cause cancer for our babies. We start with slightly wet and reducing over three days until they are eating it dry.

Make sure the first three or four listed ingredients on any bag, box or can dog food is not corn, but real meat, like beef, chicken or turkey. Not meat by-products which are scary: feet, hooves, intestines, tails, and other gross parts legally allowed, etc. I wouldn't feed my family or children anything other than the healthiest foods I could get, so my puppies are treated as equal family members for the healthiest food I can find. 

 "FOOD IS THE FIRST MEDICINE."   HIPPOCRATES



 NEWEST NASTY INFO:  November 22nd, 2012. Petsit USA reports that Science Diet has just acquired a patent for its process of adding plastic to pet food, a deadly, unnatural ingredient which increases the corporation’s profit at the expense of pets (http://www.petsitusa.com/blog/?p=5351):

Science Diet Acquires Patent to Use Polyethylene

by RYAN on OCTOBER 5, 2012 in PET HEALTH

Science Diet has recently acquired a patent to use polyethylene in their products.  The purpose is to extend the shelf life of their products.  Polyethylene is a common plastic that is widely used to create plastic bottles, plastic bags, plastic films, and many more products.  Using this plastic in food could be dangerous for you and your pets.  Many people are not aware of the potential side effects.  It is possible that polyethylene products can cause cancer.  PetsitUSA will keep you updated with news on these products, but you may want to consider avoiding these products, especially reusing plastic bottles.

Update:  You can find more information on the low-density polyethylene at http://www.medicinenet.com/plastic/page4.html

 

Dr. Russell continues:   Basically, there is no way polyethylene should be ingested and it is even questionable whether or not this product should be used to contain food for any length of time (because most plastics can leach into foods and be ingested accidentally). 

 Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is a polymer of ethylene (a familiar component of anti-freeze) distilled from alcohol or petroleum. It has not been a human "food ingredient," but has been a base of chewing gum and has been added (as ground-up plastic containers) by farmers to cattle feed, replacing healthy roughage. Extending shelf life is a no brainer since this is plastic, not food. They could get the same result by grinding up old car tires -- and if they could get away with it, they would! Oral doses of LDPE have resulted in cancer, as well as liver and kidney damage.

ANOTHER DOG FOOD RECALL AS OF JUNE 30th, 2012

On Saturday, June 30, Mars Petcare announced the voluntary recall of some of its Pedigree canned dog food products due to a potential choking risk. Affected products may contain small pieces of blue plastic.

 
To learn which products are included, please visit the following link:

 

Pedigree Dog Food Recall

Please be sure to share the news of this alert with other pet owners.

 
Mike Sagman, Editor
 The Dog Food Advisor
 

 

P.S. Not already on our dog food recall notification list? Sign up to get critical dog food recall alerts sent to you by email.

 


 

Brands I can highly recommend:       

 

LIFE'S ABUNDANCE                      AVODERM                                    

SOLID GOLD                                  CANIDAE                   

MERRICK                                       WELLNESS

NATURAL BALANCE                     PRAIRE                    

WOLFPACK

 

Please see our longer list of suggested natural food for your dog and puppy below.

 

Brands I would NEVER feed my dogs, either from my experience or research:

SCIENCE DIET (corn meal, chicken by-products MAIN ingredients, chemicals)

IAMS/EUKANUBA (chicken by-product meal & corn meal, several carcinogens)

NUTRO'S REGULAR LINE OF KIBBLE - all old formulas are inferior.

Anything from  grocery store brands, Pedigree, Purina, Beneful, Kibbles & Bits is full of dyes, chemicals, etc.

 ANYTHING made by DIAMOND PET FOODS - THIS INCLUDES CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE PUPPY LOVERS SOUL LINE. It has been my experience that they have terrible quality control issues that are still not resolved 8 months later. We actually found preserved dead bodies of rats in the bags of puppy food.

     

SELECTING YOUR DRY DOG FOOD -  If you had any idea where meat-by-products came from, you would never feed them to your pets.  Rendered animal parts, to be exact.  Otherwise known in the industry as; "The fiveD's" - Dead, Dying, Decaying, Drugged or Diseased.  I won't go into the details ...do your own research and see for yourself. Be prepared for some disgustingly true facts on how some commercial dog foods are prepared.

 

For instance, the chicken and meat rejected for human consumption is next offered to cat and dog food companies. Do you want to be feeding known carcinogens or diseased rejected meats to your family member? I think not.

 

 


Our pets are part of our families, too. We want the best for them and we know you feel the same way for yours. 

That's why we promise to provide you with the research based information you need to make the best decision for your pets. We rely on veterinarian formulated products that are safe and healthy, inspired by nature and made using good science, and true, all natural products in a clean, healthy process.

 

It is just as important to know what is not put in your dog's food, as to know what is put in your dog's food.

 

Your pet depends on you to make the right choices when it comes to his or her health and happiness. Dogs are supposed to live to be 25 to 30 years old. Surprised? Yes, but you can make a difference to help prolong your pet's life.  They can't do that with chemically processed foods.

 

You can depend on us to do the in-depth research and dive into the

data that is available, in order to bring you

the newest and best information collected.

 

One of our goals is to educate people about their pets, the best food to feed and the best

methods to train your puppy or dog.

 

Although you may think all pet food manufacturers have your pet's best interests in mind, this is not always the case. Current pet food regulations allow manufacturers to use ingredients that you would never knowingly give to your pet. In fact, you may be shocked to learn what some brands of pet food really contain. For example: the use of by-products (feet, bones and intestines, etc.), the 5 D's, (dead, dying, diseased, decayed, drugged), chemical preservatives (BHA and BHT) and grains that are often difficult to digest (corn, wheat, gluten and soy), which are often used as a protein source instead of meat.

 

These last grains are what causes most pets to have allergies; corn based allergens fed into your pet, that you did not know about.

 I was shocked and disgusted when I first learned about how most all commercially processed dog foods are made and their ingredients. I became an educated consumer wanting the best for my dogs.

 

That is why I will never feed any brand name dog food from Pedigree, Purina, Eukanuba, Iams, Ol'Roy, Beneful, Diamond, etc. ever again.

They are made with dangerous ingredients and deadly additives that are literally bringing our dogs to an early and painful death.  


Case in point, our experience with Eukanuba and Iams, Science Diet:

We had been feeding Eukanuba small breed puppy and lamb and rice small breed dog food. But they are still processing their dog foods commercially, which means chemical preservatives. They were supposed to take out the ethoxoquin - but the government allows so many ppb (parts per billion) and they lowered the number of ppb allowed so it does not even have to be listed on the bag anymore!!! And it is a known cancer causing agent. We started to see stillborns and birth defects that we had never had in the previous 25 years. We do not use it anymore needless to say. We should be warned about the dangers in the commercial dog foods that are giving our beloved pets cancers and other diseases.

Over the years we have tried several different kinds of dog foods and have switched to some of the new 'all natural' dog foods made with no preservatives now, and we feel switching to the all natural foods will work best for our goal of the healthiest, happiest puppies and adult dogs. They provide all the nutrients for a growing puppy, a pregnant mother and adult dogs in our house.

So we are using Life's Abundance for all life stages for puppies and adults in a chicken formula. It is naturally processed, not chemically processed. We also like Wellness, Merrick and may also try some of the others on the list below. Innova Evo was recently purchased by Proctor & Gamble, so much for that brand now that the large corporate owns it, sad to see that happen to a previously excellent quality food. 

A dog's body utilizes nutrient dense food very efficiently and produces a significantly smaller stool, which tells us that their body is using all of the ingredients successfully.  Many holistic vets are going to natural diets as dogs are originally carnivores and not corn eaters. If your dog is eating corn or grain in their diets then you know where the allergies and hot spots are coming from  and where the incontinence problems are coming from. Switch to a better food and your dog will be healthier for it and thank you for better health.

Dogs are genetically predisposted to live 25 to 30 years. It is only the commercially processed foods that shorten their lives. Just like we know the processed foods we eat are giving us all cancers, it follows suit with your dog. It is easier to control your dogs diet to keep him or her healthy. This will ensure a longer and healthier life.



Do you really know what's in your dog's food?

Be your dog's Pet Detective and do your comparisons for your own research

for better health for your family pet. Click on the link below to create the score chart.

http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=comp-wiz


 

DIETS TO IMPROVE AND PROLONG YOUR PET'S LIFE.

Nutrition - The Cornerstone of Health and Disease Prevention.

"Food is the first medicine." - Hippocrates  

 

Dog foods we can highly recommend: 

Life's Abundance by Healthy Pet Net at www.healthypetnet.com/dmsfitz

Avoderm by Breeder's Choice  www.breeders-choice.com

Innova Evo, www.naturapet.com or at your local health food or dog bakery store.**Just downgraded due to new owners. 1-10-11

Natural Balance  www.naturalbalanceinc.com

Eagle Pack Holistic Select   www.eaglepack.com

Artemis  at www.artemiscompany.com

Solid Gold at www.solidgoldhealth.com

Wellness at www.wellness.com

Canidae is an excellent food also.

Pinnacle is also found at www.breeders-choice.com

Prairie and Wolfpack are new also and others, just make sure they are all natural or organic and naturally processed or cooked.
 

I can strongly recommend you start your research on dog nutrition and overall health for your dog or cat. Do not make the common mistake of  believing the leading advertisers as to the content of their dog food quality. Check it out, read the small print. If they have chemical preservatives from processing then they still have ethoxyquin as an ingredient - which has been known to be a cancer causing agent for many years and is well known to cause cancer in dogs. We wonder why all adult and elderly dogs are getting cancer like humans? It's the chemicals used in processing their food.

Read the ingredient listing: if corn is listed first, then it is a poor quality, junk food. Find one that has meat listed as the first ingredient.

We grew up on Purina and Pedigree commercials with Lassie, etc. Do not believe the ads that show Purina or Pedigree or Ole Roy as a good quality dog food. Purina makes only two dog brands that have meat listed first, Purina One, which is still processed with chemicals and carcinogens. Do your homework. Check the brands and read the small print.

Look for foods that contain all natural human grade ingredients for the best dog foods for your family member. DHA is a key brain-building nutrient for pets and humans. Look for Omega 3, 6 and 9, fish or fish meat, etc.


DHA is Docosahexaenoic Acid, a long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid DHA, found naturally in breast milk, is important for babies' neural development. Just like babies, a puppy's ability to learn depends on healthy brain development

A diet rich in DHA supports optimal brain development.  At 6 weeks of age, puppies have acquired only 70 percent of their adult brain mass. Neural development continues well into the postweaning period. Feeding a puppy a diet rich in DHA supports development of neural tissues for optimal cognitive function

DHA is the most abundant fatty acid in the brain, and has been shown to be critical for healthy growth and optimal neural development. Dogs experience their most rapid periods of growth during the first 6 to12 months, so during this period it?s critical to feed a puppy the right diet. Look for dog foods that contain the highest level of DHA for optimal brain development and a smart, trainable puppy.

Learn from experts in puppy nutrition. Visit the all natural sites  and make your decisions. Find a dog food that has the highest level of DHA, a key brain-building nutrient They provide important Antioxidants for a healthy immune system and targets six essential health functions for total body health every day

 

 


 


'FOOD IS THE FIRST MEDICINE.' by Hippocrotes

Our pets are part of our family, too. We want the best for our pets and we know you feel the same way about yours.  That's why we promise to provide you with the most up-to-date research based information you need to make the best decision for your pets. We rely on veterinarian formulated products that are safe and healthy, inspired by nature and made using good science, and true all natural, organic products in a clean, healthy process.

It is just as important to know what is not put in your dog's food, as to know what is put in your dog's food.

 

UPDATE AS OF DEC. 10, 2010: Americans stopped purchasing products marked made in China after the 2007 recalls and disclosure of their use of melamine plastic as a protein source in their dog foods and baby formulas. So companies stopped printing Made in China on their products. In order to protect our families, now we have to read bar codes to find the origin and source of our items. If the bar code starts with either a 69 or a 96 it was made in China. If it starts with 00 then it was made in the USA or Canada.

 

Your pet depends on you to make the right choices when it comes to his or her health and happiness. Dogs are genetically programmed to live to be 25 to 30 years old. Surprised? Yes, they have the genetic potential to live to 30. Yes, but you can make a difference to help prolong your pet's life.  They can't do that with chemically processed foods.  Just like we now know that all the processed foods are giving us all the cancers, the same thing with dog foods.

Don't feel guilty...you just didn't know what you didn't know. That is why we are posting the research and helping folks to start on the right track with their pet's healthy foods to help them live longer and healthier lives.

 

You can depend on us to do the in-depth research and dive into the data that is available, in order to bring you the newest and best information collected.

 

One of our goals is to educate people about their pets, the best foods to feed and the best

methods to train your puppy or dog.

 

Although you may think all pet food manufacturers have your pet's best interests in mind, this is not always the case. Current pet food regulations allow manufacturers to use ingredients that you would never knowingly give to your pet. In fact, you may be shocked to learn what some brands of pet food really contain. For example: the use of by-products (feet, bones and intestines, etc.), the 5 D's, (dead, dying, diseased, decayed, drugged), chemical preservatives that are known carcinogens such as ethoxyquin, BHA and BHT. And corn and other grains that are difficult tor dogs to digest (corn, wheat, glutens and soy), which are often used as a masked protein source, instead of real meat.

 

These grains are what cause most pets to have skin allergies; these are corn based allergens firom your pet's food, that you had no knowledge about.

 

I was shocked and disgusted when I first learned about how all commercially processed dog foods are made and their ingredients. I became an educated consumer wanting the best for my dogs. They say the most dangerous woman in the world is an educated mother. How true!

We grew up watching TV commercials of Pedigree and Purina dog foods. We did not know that Pedigree and Purina are made with dangerous ingredients and deadly additives that are literally bringing our dogs to an early and painful death. Please scroll down and take a few minutes to watch the video on what is in dog food. For instance, 72% of all Golden Retrievers will die of cancer. Some breeds are healthier than others, but our favorite family members need all the protection we can provide for them.  

We have posted the veterinarian's formula to "How to Grade Dog Foods" below. If the food you use is not listed, refer to the list of ingredients on your dog's food bag and add or subtract to get the score of the food you are currently using. Hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised, if not, then I suggest you change foods to protect your four-legged family members.

You can also order Life's Abundance if you like and they ship it directly to your door by UPS and its made fresh daily and is all natural, organic, has no chemicals, artificial preservatives, or dyes, no corn or wheat or glutens.  It does have chicken meat and fish meat, and lots of great vegetables and probiotics. You can order free samples of all the foods, cat or dog food.  Even with the shipping costs of UPS it is still the same price or less than what you'd pay in Petsmart, Walmart or holistic dog barkery health stores. More information follows below.



  We do feed and recommend Life's Abundance dog food. If you would like to order this food you can order online or by phone.

When you order you are welcome to use my wholesale ID#10112840 to get the discount. 

To order: Life’s AbundanceYou can order online at www.lifesabundance.com  look for the red letters which is the auto-ship price and the wholesale price.

You can put in my ID# 10112840 to get the wholesale discount.  

Or you can order online at www.bestdogfoodlady.com. (Same site just different name) I will get points for either website order. 

Or you can call them at 1-877-387-4564 and give them my ID # 10112840 and you will get the wholesale price and pay what I pay.

I am happy to share my wholesale discount with families as it is what we have found to be best for the pups and dogs. I detail our experiences with other dog food brands further down the page.

 


DOG FOODS GRADED FROM A's to F's:

Further down the page we have posted the dog foods that have been graded by the veterinarian's associations. If you food is not listed, there is an explanation of how to grade the dog food you are using by using their point system. All the best foods got an A, all the worst foods got F's and it lists the foods in between. Please scroll down or continue reading to become more informed about what we are feeding our pets.



Some of the supplements we use are: Noni juice for dogs, Canine supplement, it helps build stronger immune systems and great coats, and helps quicker recovery from weaning or illnesses. You can get that from www.morindaagriculture.com.

Nupro, dog supplement from pet stores or order from www.jefferspet.comwww.jefferspet.com or www.revivalanimal.com

Canine Red Cell, liquid supplement for lactating moms, or for boosting quick recovery from stress, or illness.  Also from jefferspet.com or revivalanimal.com

Feeding Facts:

We use only the highest quality all natural dog foods available and you can too. It may cost the same, less or a little more per pound but you will be purchasing way less food in the long run. Don't forget these are small dogs who don't eat but one or two cups of dog food a day. We suggest 3 very small meals daily until 2 months old and then twice daily thereafter. Fresh clean water should be available at all times. If a high quality food is used, you will find that Russells will never need a large quantity of food over their whole lifetime. Cheaper food just means more volume of food required and larger stools produced for you to pick up after.

We use Life's Abundance and when we need a softer food I may add Natural Balance roll, especially for the pregnant moms. We use all natural human grade foods. No processed chemicals added that cause cancer for our babies. We start with slightly wet and reducing over three days until they are eating it dry.

Make sure the first three or four listed ingredients on any bag, box or can dog food is not corn, but real meat, like beef, chicken or turkey. Not meat by-products which are scary: feet, hooves, intestines, tails, and other gross parts legally allowed, etc. I wouldn't feed my family or children anything other than the healthiest foods I could get, so my puppies are treated as equal family members for the healthiest food I can find. 

 "FOOD IS THE FIRST MEDICINE."   HIPPOCRATES


       

Our Experience in dog foods: We had been feeding Eukanuba small breed puppy and lamb and rice small breed dog food. But they are still processing their dog foods commercially, which means chemical preservatives. They lowered the amount of ethoxyquin to ppb (parts per billion) a known cancer causing agent. By lowering the ppb it falls below the maximum allowed by law and doesn't even have to be listed on the label! We should be warned that these poisons are still in our pet's foods. We do not use it anymore, needless to say.

Over the years we have tried several different kinds of dog foods and have switched to some of the new 'all natural' dog foods made with no preservatives now, and we feel switching to the all natural foods will work best for our goal of the healthiest, happiest puppies and adult dogs. They provide all the nutrients for a growing puppy, a pregnant mother and adult dogs in our house.

So we are presently using Life's Abundance, a safe all natural, organic and fresh ingredients that are human grade quality. It is the same price as the pet stores, but is delivered to you by UPS. No more lugging it home from the store. We will occasionally use Innova, they are both naturally processed, not chemically processed.  Innova Evo is a basic raw diet in a dry kibble form with 42% protein and you only feed one cup per day to adults. this is for adult dogs, not puppies. Get the puppy version if your dog is under a year old, follow your vet's advice as this may be too high a protein for your puppy. The dog's body utilizes this food very efficiently and produces a significantly smaller stool, which tells us that their body is using all of the ingredients successfully.  Many holistic vets are going this way to the new raw diets as dogs are originally carnivores and not corn eaters. If your dog is eating corn, and has skin allergies, and hot spots - that's where they are coming from and where the incontinence problems are coming from. Get them off corn, wheat, corn gluten and wheat gluten to regain their healthy status. Switch to a better food and your dog will be healthier for it and thank you for better health.

Dogs have the genetic potential to live 25 to 35  years. It is only the commercially processed foods that shorten their lives. Just like we know all the processed foods we eat are giving us all the cancers, it follows suit with your dog. It is easier to control your dogs diet to keep him or her healthy. This will ensure a longer and healthier life.



 Life's Abundance is an all natural, organic dog and cat foods that are made with real meat and fish and vegetables.

No artifical ingredients, no chemical preservatives, and no additives.

No artificial flavors or colors. No corn or corn gluten. No wheat or wheat gluten. Just all natural ingredients all made here in the US.

To go to their website for more info, get free samples, and compare products go to: www.lifesabundance.com/dmsfitz

To order securely, immediately to go:

 https://www.healthypetnet.com/HealthyPetNet/PetSystem/Orders/Checkout.aspx?realname=10112840

If you order on autoship, you pick when you want them to automatically deliver it to your door. You also get it at the wholesale cost vs. the retail cost. So you pay what I pay as a distributor. I have the small 3 lb. bags here to go home with your puppy to get you started. 



     
Make sure whatever food you choose for your pet make sure it has meat or fish proteins listed as the first two ingredients, no corn or wheat products.  Make sure there's nothing in it that you wouldn't eat yourself. Make sure it is human grade with no carcinogens.

Dogs cannot digest grains, corn and wheat and glutens are the main causes of skin problems: allergies, lesions, etc. 


 

 

 


 The supplements we use are Nupro, a potent vitamin and mineral natural granular powder. Noni juice/gravy for dogs from Morindacare.com and occasionally Canine Red Cell for boosing immune systems or faster recovery from surgery, etc. We also use Life's Abundance vitamins for the moms and their Porky Puff chewies for the older pups and adults. And we use New Zealand Colostrum powders to build puppy immune strength and for adults too. (We also take the New Zealand colostrum capsules for ourselves to strengthen our own immune systems as our vet takes them himself too.)

You can order the Nupro or Red Cell from JeffersPet.com or RevivalAnimal.com.

And the Noni Canine, gravy from morindacare.com.

If you would like I can have some here for you but I'd need a few weeks notice to make sure I'll have enough for all the families at pick up times. Thanks again and have a great night. Donna

 


TOP 16 DOG FOOD CHOICES:

 

Timberwolf  Organic Lamb & Venison = 136 A+

Merrick Wilderness = 127 A+

Life’s Abundance = 123 A+  (what Trinity uses)

Solid Gold Bison = 123 A+

Dick Van Patten Natural Balance = 122 A+ (Trinity’s 2nd choice food)

Innova large breed puppy = 122 A+

Nature’s Variety Raw Instinct = 122 A+

Timberwolf  Organic = 120 A+

Wellness Just for Puppy = 117 A+

Authority Harvest baked = 116 A+

Artemis = 114 A+

Wellness Super 5 Chicken = 110 A+

Naturals Diamond Small Breed Chicken = 107

Royal Canin = 106

Eagle Pack = 102

Solid Gold = 99      

BOTTOM 9 DOG FOODS CHOICES:

Iams 73 = D

Bil-Jac 68 = F

ProPlan 68 = F

Diamond Maintenance  64 = F

Purina Dog 62 = F

Science Diet 45 = F

Beneful by Purina 17 = F-

Purina 16 = F-

Pedigree 14 = F-

Ol’ Roy  9 = F- (worst score seen)

 


How to grade your dog's food:

Start with a grade of 100:
1) For every listing of "by-product", subtract 10 points
2) For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry", meat, meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points
3) If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points
4) For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source, subtract 5 points
5) If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice", "brewer’s rice", "rice flour" are all the same grain), subtract 5 points
6) If the
protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points
7) If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points
8 ) If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points
9) If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points
10) If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2 points
11) If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points
12) If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points
13) If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog is not allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points
14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog is not allergic to beef), subtract 1 point
15) If it contains salt, subtract 1 point
Extra Credit:
1) If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points
2) If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5 points
3) If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points
4) If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points
5) If the food contains fruit, add 3 points
6) If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points
7) If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points
8 ) If the food contains barley, add 2 points
9) If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points
10) If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point
11) If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point
12) For every different specific animal protein source (other than the first one; count "chicken" and "chicken meal" as only one protein source, but "chicken" and "turkey" as 2 different sources), add 1 point
13) If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
14) If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point

94-100+ = A

86-93 = B

78-85 = C

70-77 = D

<70 = F

Dog Food scores:
A = green   94-100+  BEST  QUALITY

B = blue   86-93        BETTER QUALITY

C = purple  78-85     OK to GOOD

D = red  70-77           Minimally accepted

F = red means below 70 Substandard

Anything below 70 is detrimental to your dog’s health. * breeders’ notes.

Alphabetical lisings:

Alpo Prime Cuts / Score 81 C
Artemis Large/Medium Breed Puppy / Score 114 A+
Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+
Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F
Blackwood 3000 Lamb and Rice / Score 83 C
Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice / Score 106 A+
Canidae / Score 112 A+
Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+
Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F
Diamond Naturals Chicken Small Breed Puppy/ Score 107 A+

 

Diamond Performance / Score 85 C
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+
Eagle Pack Holistic / Score 102 A+

Eagle Pack Natural / Score 94 A

Eukanuba Adult / Score 71 C
Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 B
Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D
Innova Evo / Score 114 A+  (caution: for puppies this protein % is too high; great for adults)
Innova Large Breed Puppy / Score 122 A+
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+
Life’s Abundance / Score  123 A+

 

Merrick Wilderness Blend / Score 127 A+
Natural Balance Duck and Potato / Score 114 A+

Naturals Diamond Chicken Small Breed Puppy / Score 107 A+

Nature's Recipe / Score 100 A
Nature's Recipe Healthy Skin Venison and Rice / Score 116 A+
Nature's Variety Raw Instinct / Score 122 A+
Nutro Chicken, Rice, and Oatmeal / Score 85 C (non-specific fat source)

 

Nutro Max Adult / Score 93 B
Nutro Natural Choice Senior / Score 95 A
Nutro Ultra Adult / Score 104 A+

 

Ol Roy / Score 9 F

Pedigree Complete Nutrition / Score 42 F

 

Pedigree Adult Complete / Score 14 F
Pro Plan All Breed / Score 68 F

 

Pro Plan Natural Turkey and Barley / Score 103 A+

Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach / Score 94 A

Purina Beneful / Score 17 F
Purina Dog / Score 62 F
Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F
Purina One Large Breed Puppy / Score 62 F
Royal Canin Boxer / Score 103 A+

 

Royal Canin Dachshund 28 Formula / Score 97 A
Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+
Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F

Science Diet Chicken Adult Maintenance / Score 45 F
Solid Gold / Score 99 A

 

Solid Gold Bison / Score 123 A+
Timberwolf Organics Wild & Natural Dry / Score 120 A+

 

Timberwolf Organics Lamb and Venison / Score 136 A+
Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+

 

Wellness Just for Puppy / Score 117 A+
Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A

 


 Who Controls The Dog Food Industry?


Unfortunately primarily LARGE corporations. Here are the BIG 5:

1. Nestle is the LARGEST dog food manufacturer  better known as the chocolate and candy maker Nestle owns Purina and controls over 30% of the dog food market. It just so happens that they are also a not well thought of corporate giant...they were encouraging mothers in 3rd world countries to feed formula and NOT breast feed for example.

2. Mars is the second largest, now owning, Nutro, Royal Canin, Pedigree, and even small Canadian Company Medi-Cal;they control approx 20% of the market. Mars is of course better known for making candy. And they were part of the large recall in 2007.

3. Then there is the MONSTROUS multinational company Proctor and Gamble- they own Iams, Eukanuba, and recently purchased Natura Pet Products making Innova, Evo, California Natural, Healthwise, Mother Nature and Karma.They now control over 15% of the market. P and G is of course better known for making ubiquitous consumer goods such as Pampers, Tide, Ariel, Always, Whisper, Pantene, Mach3, Bounty, Dawn, Gain, Pringles, Charmin, Downy, Lenor, Iams, Crest, Oral-B, Duracell, Olay, Head & Shoulders, Wella, Gillette, Braun and Fusion.

4. Colgate Palmolive - yes the makers of toothpaste and dish soap NOW own Hills Pet Products...think of Science Diet and their family of brands which has over 10% of the dog food market.

5. Del Monte- yes the company best known for Pineapples has nearly 10% of the Pet Food Market. They own Natures Recipe, Pounce, Meow Mix, Kibbles and Bits, 9 Lives, Jerky treats, and the well known dog treat Milk Bone.

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So What's the problem?
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Big companies are focused on profits, and increasing shareholder value first.

Let's use the Proctor and Gamble takeover of Iams Pet Foods as an example.

Iams and Eukanuba were very reputable brands of pet food over 10 years ago....then the company was sold to the BIG MULTINATIONAL P & G.

Shortly after this P & G. placed Iams/Eukanuba in the mass market of groceries stores, Wal Mart etc..

Dog owners started to notice changes..diarrhea, vomiting, hair loss, allergies- even though the company INSISTED there was no change in formulation.

P&G had a class action suit brought against them, and the lawsuit showed that they had reformulated the dog food ingredients substituting 'chicken by products meal' instead of real chicken, substituting bran sorghum/barley for rice, and then adjusting on its package instructions to reduce the per day servings by 25%"

The substitution of the lesser expensive ingredients and reducing the advised feeding amounts by 25% allowed them to be MORE profitable, but decreased the QUALITY of the food producing the health issues in the dogs.

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So WHAT should you do?
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My advice is to feed holistic, smaller companies food...try and AVOID the BIG Corporations.

* provided by Dr. Andrew Jones, formerly of The College of Veterinarians B.C., Canada Dec. 2010


 

Leading dog-health author, Ann N. Martin, sums up the state of commercial dog food in a single sentence..

"Most commercial pet foods are garbage"

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World-famous vet and dog-care author Alfred Plechner, says the poor nutritional properties of commercial dog food inevitably lead to disease..

"Because many commercial foods are woefully deficient in key nutrients, the long term effect of feeding such foods makes the dog hypersensitive to its environment. . . .

It's a dinosaur effect. [Dogs] are being programmed for disaster, for extinction.

Many of them are biochemical cripples with defective adrenal glands unable to manufacture adequate cortisol, a hormone vital for health and resistance to disease."

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Debra Lynn Dadd, author of 'Home Safe Home' says commerical dog food company claims their product is a complete and healthy meal are false...

"Many pet foods claim to be "100% nutritionally complete and balanced." This claim legally can be made and printed on commercial products based on information studies using isolated nutrients and not whole foods

.. these tests ignore important nutritional issues and give ... consumers a false sense of knowledge and security.

There are more than forty known, essential nutrients... thus, making sure a food contains appropriate amounts of only a dozen of these nutrients can't possibly assure that a food is "complete."

WARNING: If you continue to feed your dog commercial dog food, death-by-disease is practically guaranteed! You must find an alternative and it doesn't have to mean spending more money.


 

"Dog Experts Prove, Balanced Home-Made Diet Increases Dog Lifespan By Up To 100%!"

Wendy and Jack Volhard are well-known & respected, 30-year dog training veterans. Wendy writes about how her dogs live to amazing old age through proper diet:

"We have made our own food for well over 30 years now, and our dogs are living longer and longer each generation.

Whereas the normal lifespan of a Newfoundland in 1998 was 6.2-6.7 years according to a national survey done by the Newfoundland Club of America, our dogs live up until 15 years of age."

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"Commercial Dog Food is Killing Your Dog Because.."

In fact, through my own research I discovered dog food contains at least 6 deadly chemicals that have been banned from human foods because they cause:

        Kidney cancer

        Bladder cancer

        Skin cancer

        Stomach cancer

        Spleen cancer

        Leukemia

        Liver dysfunction

        Major organ failure

        Immune system collapse

        Severe allergic reactions

        Birth Defects

        Blindness

        Chronic Diarrhea

        Hair Loss and

        Behavior problems, including increased aggressiveness --> very dangerous if your dog is around children

And if you think, like I did, that buying foods labeled as chemical and preservative free makes them safe, think again... it's just more lies!

'Chemical and Preservative Free' Labeling a Lie. Experts Expose Truth..

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and author, Henry Pasternak, rips back the veil of lies about dog food labeling..

"Many pet foods advertised as "preservative-free" do, in fact, contain preservatives.

..manufacturers don't have to list preservatives that they themselves did not add.

Many preservatives make their way into pet food at rendering plants before the meat is even sent to the manufacturer. An analysis of several pet foods labeled "chemical free" or "all natural ingredients" found synthetic antioxidants in all samples."

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Henry Pasternak also reveals..

"Although you won't see it on the label, since it is often added at the rendering plant and not by the manufacturer, ethoxyquin (EQ) is used to preserve most dry pet food.

EQ is the most powerful of all preservatives and may be the most toxic.

The use of EQ is ... permitted in pet food.

...factory workers exposed to it exhibited side effects similar to those of agent orange:

  • a dramatic rise in liver or kidney damage,
  • cancerous skin lesions,
  • hair loss,
  • blindness,
  • leukemia,
  • fetal abnormalities, and
  • chronic diarrhea.

In animals, EQ has been linked to:

  • immune deficiency syndrome;
  • spleen, stomach, and liver cancers;
  • and a host of allergies."

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Best-selling pet care author, Ann N. Martin, reveals why foods labeled as 'chemical and preservative free' are actually chock-full of deadly poisons...

"Before these animal parts and by-product used for pet food are shipped from the slaughterhouse to the rendering plant, the by-product is "denatured."

This means that crude carbolic acid, cresylic disinfectant, or citronella, is sprayed on the product."

WARNING: Stop believing the lies told you by vets representing the dog food industry... These multi-billion dollar companies are manipulating you! Let me show you how to escape.


 Good Health and feeding practices:

Raw, meaty bones should be a part of their diet.  The size of the meaty bone is determined by the size of your pet's mouth. Don't cut them up - let them do the processing. Meaty bones are the dog's toothbrush and are vital to help prevent gum disease and overall sickness. Start at an early age after 6 months when their baby teeth have fallen out and their permanent teeth are all in. 

 

Do not get confused and think we mean large knuckle bones or bones only. These can often cause tooth fractures and constipation as well as pose a threat as a choking hazard.  As with anything, monitor your pup when he/she is eating. Use Greenies only for adult dogs, use Greenies Smart Biscuits for your puppy.

 

*TIP*

FREEZE meaty bones - then thaw just before use. This will help kill many bacteria that could be harmful.  When feeding meats without bones, ALWAYS cook thoroughly.

 

A healthy, balanced diet is the key to maintaining optimum health and prevention of disease. We believe that fresh natural food along with a premium kibble (listed above) and supplements makes a healthy dog. We have been feeding this way for healthy dogs and puppies.

 

Our dogs do not have skin problems, intestinal issues, runny eyes or gas. They are not overweight, they have shiny coats and excellent muscle tone.  They have NEVER been to the vet with an illness.  Our litters are robust & healthy and our puppy mortality rate non-existant. Even first time moms, Jack Russell Terriers,  who usually have 2 - 3 pups are having 5 -6 pups and the older moms are having 7, 8 and twice we had a litter of 9.

 

When we were feeding Iams and Eukanuba we were getting many stillborn babies and it is heartbreaking to loose them before they are born. Our dogs also were getting colds and runny eyes in the winter. Since the summer of 2004 we have switched to all natural and organic dog foods - the stillborns stopped immediately. What does that tell you?

 

Important advice when feeding bones: 

 

1.)  Do NOT under any circumstances, feed them cooked bones! Cooked bones splinter.  Raw MEATY  bones are fine and good for them.  Supervise when eating bones or anything they may choke on.

2.)  Easy on the fruits, a carrot, a small apple, pineapple chunks or banana once a week would be fine.     Some dogs love fruit and some won't touch it. Do not feed citrus of any kind. Oranges are on the dangerous foods list also.

3.)   For your dairy source, use cottage cheese, goat's milk or whole plain yogurt.

4.)  RAISINS, GRAPES, ONIONS, and CHOCOLATE can be fatal.  They cause kidney failure.

 

PLEASE consider feeding your new pup as we do.  A great book to have on hand is; NATURAL HEALTH for DOGS & CATS by Dr. Pitcairn.  It is a realistic book combining conventional ideas with holistic/homeopathic remedies and suggestions.  Also contains a lot of information and recipes for a natural raw diet. Make the right decision for your beloved family pet and what is convenient for you. Make good decisions based on your own research. We will always be here to help.