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Have you ever looked at the ingredients in your dog food (or cat food for that matter)?  You should consider how you feed your family, you don’t take the least expensive, most chemically enhanced foods and toss them in a dish. You carefully choose good quality, natural ingredients for the meals you prepare, and you should do the same for your dog!  Unfortunately a lot of people grab whatever dog food is handy, inexpensive and convenient without even realizing what they are putting into their dog’s system!


Large grocery chains aren’t interested in the health of your dog, they only care about their profitability and few, if any, carry any of the “better” dog foods.  They know consumers are always trying to save money and that is what they focus on, big bags of food at cheap prices.  Unfortunately in choosing those types of food you save nothing, and in some cases could even cost yourself a lot of money in vet bills!


The average (poor quality) pet foods normally contain high percentages of (not necessarily in this order):


- Ground yellow corn (filler)                                    - meat (un-described source)

- Corn or corn gluten (inexpensive protein)            - chicken by-products (can be anything chicken related)

- Salt (flavouring)                                                    - Yellow 5 & 6 (colouring)


followed by a wide assortment of minerals and vitamins in very small quantities.  Ingredients in pet foods must be listed in order of quantity,  Over time you will may have saved some money on the cost of food for your dog but over a year you saved NOTHING!  High quality dog foods generally cost twice as much as the grocery store brands but you feed approximately half as much of a high quality food!  Not only that but your dog’s body absorbs and uses more of the good things in the food which results in less “after effects” for you to clean up!


Health benefits of high quality food include such things as less vet bills; obesity, hip dysplasia, tumors, heart disease, allergies are all serious problems that have less chance of developing.  I’m sure you read almost daily about “new thoughts” on the above diseases in humans and how good nutrition can help control disease, why would you expect it to be different for your dog?I hear of many dogs that have problems with “allergies”, scratching uncontrollably, constant licking or biting at their paws, runny or teary eyes, sores in their ears, hotspots, dandruff, dermatitis reactions, are just a few of the things I hear people (especially at work) complaining about.  A good quality food will generally (not always) clear up those problems without medication of any kind.


Another thing to watch for in your choice of dog food is the “preservative” used.  Ethoxyquin is used in low quality food, it also is the main preservative used in RUBBER.


I’m sitting writing this in May 2007.  Since March 16, more than 5,600 pet food items have been recalled after the discovery that the chemical melamine found in imported raw materials.  The past few months have been extremely scary for a lot of pet owners.  Thousands have lost their well loved companion to kidney and/or liver failure caused by the melamine contamination in the wheat and/or corn glueten used in some dog and cat foods.  Most recently a rice protein was found to be contaminated with melamine which has caused even more pet food recalls.  The list of recalled foods grows longer by the day.  Below are a just a couple of the many available websites about pet food recalls:


Pet Connection . com has the most up to date information that I’ve found – see their website at http://www.petconnection.com


The American Food & Drug Administration has a list also though it seems to be less up-to-date http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/petfoodrecall/ 


What symptoms to watch for in your pet


Signs of kidney failure include:


- Loss of appetite                                                    - Vomiting

- Diarrhea                                                               - Changes in water consumption and urination

- Lethargy                                                              


If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, consult a veterinarian immediately.


Here at Mikatura we feed Kirkland Lamb & Rice from Costco (apparently sold as Diamond Dog Food in the USA) and we have noticed a huge difference in our dog’s coats, teeth (lack of tartar, and the “after effects” they leave behind for us, and all that in just a few weeks! 


We also have many friends who have chosen Acana or Orijen for their dogs.  Every one of them is extremely happy with the results after just a few weeks of being on these foods!


The above link will take you to a site outlining what I consider to be one of the best investments I've ever made!
Dr. Jones is a young Canadian Vet who isn't afraid to "buck the system" and tell the truth about vaccines, store bought foods, commonly used medications & many many other topics.
He guides you through a home pet exam, first aid, treatment of some ailments using holistic remedies, and so much more.
I purchased his Inner Circle membership this year & already have more than paid for the cost of the subscription in saved vet bills.

Take charge of your pet's health and check out http://www.theonlinevet.com/

P.S. This recommendation is unsolicited, I fully believe this is the BEST information in my dog library!



At Mikatura we recommend what we feed…

Kirkland Signature Lamb & Rice

Available at most Costco stores,
we've found over the years this is a readily available food, it's full of good
ingredients (similar to Acana), and best of all our dogs love it!

Lamb, lamb meal, whole grain brown rice, rice flour, white rice, rice bran, egg product, cracked pearled barley, chicken fat (preserved witn mixed tocoperols and Vitamine E), beet pulp, potatoes, fishmeal, flaxseed, natural flavor, milet, brewers dried yest, potassium chloride, salt, choline choride, carrots, peas, kelp, apples, dried skim milk, cranberry powder, rosemary extract, parsley flake, dried chicory root, glucosamine hydrochloride, taurine, vitamin E suppliment, iron proteinate, zinc proteninate, copper proteninate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteniate, manganous oxide, chondroitin sulfate, ascorbic acid, VitaminA supplement, biotin, calcium pentothetrate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid

Guaranteed Analysis: (minimums shown)

Crude Protei - 28.0%

Crude Fat - 14.0%

Crude Fiber - 4.0%

Moisture - 10.0%

Zinc - 200 mg/kg

Selenium - 0.4 mg/kg

Vitamin E - 150 IU/kg

Omega-6 Fatty Acids - 2.2%

Omega-3 Fatty Acids - 0.4%

Glucosamine Hydrochloride - 600 mg/kg

Chondroitin Sulfate - 100 mg/kg


Acana Premium Adult Food

Chicken meal (low ash), steamed oatmeal, ground whole rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, citric acid and rosemary), rice bran, ground flaxseed (source of Omega 3), beet pulp, herring oil (natural source of DHA and EPA), chicken broth, yeast extract (Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation solubles), chicory root (FOS), steamed sweet potato, dried whole egg, yucca shidigera, glucosamine HCl (powdered lobster shell), chondroitin sulfate (shark cartilage), marigold extract (source of lutein), L-carnitine supplement, Atlantic kelp, carrots, tomatoes (natural source of lycopene), apples, whole garlic, parsley, rosemary extract, cranberry, sea salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, lysine, vitamin A supplement, dl alpha-tocopherol acetate (vitamin E), methionine, vitamin D3 supplement, *iron Bioplex™, *zinc Bioplex™, *manganese Bioplex™, biotin, *copper Bioplex™, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), vitamin B12, folic acid. *chelated mineral

Guaranteed Analysis:

Protein (min.) - 27.0% Lutein (min.) - 10 mg/kg *
Fat (min.) - 15.0% Vitamin E (min.) - 250 IU/kg
Fiber (max.) - 2.5 % L-carnitine (min.) - 250 mg/kg
Moisture (max.) - 10.0% Omega-6 (min.) - 2.9 % *
Calcium (min.) - 1.1% Omega-3 (min.) --0.7 % *
Phosphorus (min.) - 1.0 % ME - 4,200 kcal/kg
Glucosamine (min.) - 450 mg/kg
Chondroitin (min.) --75 mg/kg * Not recognized as essential by AAFCO


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