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!
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
average (poor quality) pet foods normally contain high percentages of (not
necessarily in this order):
yellow corn (filler) - meat (un-described
- Corn or
corn gluten (inexpensive protein) - chicken by-products (can be
anything chicken related)
(flavouring) - Yellow 5 & 6
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!
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.
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
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
The American Food & Drug
Administration has a list also though it seems to be less up-to-date
What symptoms to watch for
in your pet
kidney failure include:
- Loss of
appetite - Vomiting
Diarrhea - Changes
in water consumption and urination
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!
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
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
Analysis: (minimums shown)
Protei - 28.0%
Fat - 14.0%
- 200 mg/kg
- 0.4 mg/kg
E - 150 IU/kg
Acids - 2.2%
Acids - 0.4%
Hydrochloride - 600 mg/kg
- 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
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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