I work at a healthy pet store and we get a lot of customers who are just learning about natural foods. Their biggest concerns tend to be what to look for and how to make the switch. Today I’ll share tips to make the change to a new healthy food smooth and stress-free for you and your dog.
This post is sponsored by Only Natural Pet and the BlogPaws Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the new Canine PowerFoodTM, but This Pug Life only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Only Natural Pet is not responsible for the content of this article.
Recently I was given the opportunity to try Only Natural Pet Canine PowerFood, a new food formulated by a holistic vet and made in the USA. The first thing I did was look at the ingredients list. This should be your first step too!
You definitely want a food that has no corn, no byproducts and no mystery meat meals. Personally, I also look for a food that is grain free, with low-glycemic carbohydrates as well as high-quality protein sources. While my dogs don’t actually suffer from any allergies, these tend to also be the most allergy-friendly food choices.
I was impressed with the ingredient panel on the Just Fish Feast food I chose. The first 3 ingredients are fresh fish and fish meals, followed by high-fiber garbanzo beans and green lentils. If your dog has allergies, you want to pay close attention to the ingredient panel looking for any hidden allergens. A lot of my customers have dogs with chicken intolerance, so it jumped out at me that Just Fish Feast contained no chicken fat which is often used as a preservative even if the food is not chicken flavored.
Once you’ve found the best natural dog food for your pet you may be tempted to ditch their old food as soon as possible. However, no matter how amazing your new food is, it’s still important to transition slowly to prevent intestinal upset.
Only Natural Pet went out of their way to help consumers by printing transition instructions right on the bag. But if your new food doesn’t these are still basic guidelines which you can follow.
Remember, these are guidelines. If your dog has a particularly sensitive stomach you can be even more conservative with your ratios. You can start with as little as 10% for the first few days and increase from there. Generally speaking, if you’re going from a very high filler food to a healthy food with very little filler and a lot more protein, you need to take it a little slower.
Another tip is to have plain pumpkin on hand. A tablespoon of pumpkin on your dog’s food can help alleviate diarrhea so I often recommend people use it as a preventative. Only Natural Pet actually added pumpkin right in to the food because each piece of kibble is infused with their proprietary PowerBoost™, a raw, freeze-dried blend of superfoods like green lipped mussels, sea cucumbers, probiotics and pumpkin.
My dogs were already on a good food and I like to try out new, healthy foods often. So I know from experience they have no issue making the switch and followed the guide above.
As you can see, both my dogs (even picky Molly) enjoyed their new Just Fish Feast food. Because this food contains so much fish it’s really healthy – and also smelly. Personally, I don’t mind. It’s worth the trade off especially since dogs tend to think the stinkier the better! And it’s not so bad I’m offended by the odor, just something to keep in mind. I have found that some people are surprised to find out that fish foods smell fishy (maybe because low-quality brands don’t use much actual fish in their food).
I hope these tips were helpful and you will consider making the switch to all natural food for your pets!
If you’d like to try out the Canine PowerFood that we did, it will be available for purchase October 6 exclusively at Only Natural Pet, Pet 360 and Pet Food Direct.
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