By Chad Curtiss
Walking down the pet food aisle these days can be a scary endeavor. It seems that every month I see another product being recalled for contaminated food, salmonella, or any number of other problems. Products are telling me they are healthy and natural when that’s really not the case. Even packaging that says, “USA” on the front has small print on the back that says, “Made in China”. I don’t know about you, but I was tired of not knowing who to trust and what foods were really the best for my little furry companion.
After doing research, talking to my vet and reading from experts, I found some great resources and tips to help navigate the world of dog foods. One of these was a great free eBook from the K9 Wellness Association (www.k9wellness.org). The book entitled: “The Beginner’s Guide to The Best All-Natural Dog Products,” is an easy read that explains what a dog’s diet should look like, where modern dog foods have gone wrong, and how the right foods can keep your dog happy and healthy. This was a great springboard and introduction to the world of healthy dog products.
The 4 Tips to Choosing the right Food
After doing all my investigating, it was pretty clear what was best for my dog. So I decided why not share some tips that will help you the next time you’re in the pet food aisle!
Tip #1: Consult Your Vet
Before you make any changes to your pet’s diet, check with the doctor. Your vet is a great resource because he knows what your dog’s special needs are, and can recommend products and ingredients to meet those needs.
Tip #2: Choose Real Meat vs. By-Product
Foods made with any kind of by-product should definitely be avoided. These by-products are cheaper alternatives, and while you might save a few bucks, it could be at the cost of your pet’s health. Always go with high quality products.
Tip #3: Avoid Fillers
“Fillers” are products that do just that, they fill your dog up. However, the problem is that dogs have a hard time digesting these, and they can be a key cause of empty calories and obesity. These include: Grains, Preservatives, Chemicals, Sugars, Artificial ingredients, and more.
Tip #4: Go All-Natural and Human Grade
Choosing certified all-natural and human grade products is one of the best moves you can make for your dog. These products are designed to work with your dog’s body and meet their daily needs for energy, growth, and overall well-being. Plus by being certified human grade, you know it’s not harmful to your pets. One of the products the eBook highlights is Bailey’s Blend. Bailey’s Blend has a touching story on how they got started, and some great testimonials. You really can’t go wrong with all-natural, and I recommend you check us out!
I hope these 4 tips help make the pet food isle a little less scary, and remember to read labels before buying. Your pets deserve the best!
About the author
Chad Curtiss is an avid dog enthusiast and founder of Bailey’s Blend (www.baileysblend.com). When our dog Bailey got sick and was told there was nothing we could do, our Father took it upon himself to find a solution. As an experienced herbologist, he created a special blend of all natural herbs, minerals and ingredients that helped get Bailey healthy and back from the brink. This has motivated us to share our special blend, and increase awareness on how to choose the best food products for your dog!