What’s in IT for your Dog?

Can anyone say, 'Veggies' in a kibble please?

Contributed by Sandi Martinez

Picture this: you’re hungry.  It’s way passed your lunch-time.  You’ve been hung up at the office because of last-minute projects that absolutely need your attention and can’t wait another minute.  Your stomach growls embarrassingly loud as you hurriedly make your way out of the office.  Your head is spinning; you are light-headed.  You admonish yourself for forgetting your lunch at home, or worse yet, not making the time to make somewhat of a healthy bite.

Your watch is glaring at you and reminding you – 22 minutes and counting.  Your half-hour lunch is nearly finished and you have no idea where you’re going.  What’ll it be today?  Mick’nD’s?  TacoNow?  BellyBelch’s drive-up?  It’s okay… we all do this, we can admit it – the whole world is on a time-pinch.

 Does this apply to your pet too?  You could swear they’re laughing at you, as you spin your ‘tail’ around looking for keys, the missing purse, the light jacket in case it rains.  They smile and wonder why the rush?  What about their food?  It’s fine, knock yourself out with a worried hurry, but don’t forget to feed them!  So what are you feeding them?   Is it made in the United States?  Do the first five ingredients mention a whole meat?  Are there By-products?  What about artificial colorants?  Is there ground corn or whole grain corn in the ingredients?  And lastly, BHA, BHT, or etholxyquin (hard to pronounce isn’t it!)?  

Would you eat out everyday to the above-mentioned food-stops?  If you do this daily, how does your body feel, and what do you look like when you look in the mirror?  What are the good foods to feed Fido, and how do you know what to look for?  Many factors tie into making good decisions when dog-food shopping; the price, your dog’s health, and your dog’s age and the life-stage they’re in.  Ingredients, ingredients, ingredients!  Be sure that fish, a whole meat, or eggs are listed first.  Without getting too technical, dog-foods with high-quality ingredients (vegetables, fruits, brown rice and barley) are a safe bet.  Be sure to speak with your veterinarian when switching foods, or just let your dog tell you how to administer it.  After all, they’re patient enough to watch you running around for lost things every morning, why not be more aware of their food ingestion?  Making a nice salad for yourself for lunch is the equivalent of taking the time to research the best and healthy foods for your pet!