Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 09:33PM
From left to right: Cosmo (who loves real food but will eat anything), Maddy (who has skin allergies and needs grain free food and chinese herbal support), Raven (who lost ten pounds simply by eating home cooked meals and giving up a corn based diet her former owner had her on), and Sweet Pea (who's life was literally saved by home cooking). By the way, Sweet Pea weighed in today at 18.5 pounds! Whoo Hooo! (from his emaciated weight of 11.4 pounds)
We LOVE this website! Clean Food for Pets . . . it has the same philosophy we promote, to teach people how to read ingredients of everything they feed to their dogs. They even have a little video on there on how to home cook . . . so funny because we have a little video we are working on to show you how we home cook, but theirs is so much better than ours (we will still put ours out at some point, Sweet Pea is in it because he likes to be in the kitchen when we cook for the dogs!). Hey everyone . . . if you are not home cooking, that's okay - really, it is. But how about just making a commitment to learning how to read the first five ingredients of your dog food and being more aware of what you are feeding your dog? (the first three to five ingredients makes up about eighty percent of the food) Awareness and education is half of it, the other half is being willing to be inconvenienced if you have to find another store to buy the better quality food at. But hey, it is worth it in the long run if you are saving money on vet bills and ear infections and skin problems, right? And of course, giving our dogs a chance for a longer and healthier life. Here's a quick cheat sheet for you: Do NOT feed anything that has corn, wheat, whey, gluten or grains. DO feed something that has at least ONE whole source of protein in the first three ingredients. A whole source of protein will not have the words "by-products" or "meal" following it. You also want the protein to be named specifically by name, such as Chicken (stay away from the generic word poultry) or Lamb, Beef, Venison, etc. One last tip, read through all of the ingredients and if you see the word "animal protein" anywhere - run, don't walk, that entire bag of dog food to the nearest dumpster. Maybe we shouldn't tell you what animal protein is or what the "animal" is they don't care to name specifically. But if you google it or read up on what "animal protein" is on the Clean Food for Pets website, please try to prepare yourself as you may need a trash can handy in case you suddenly feel nauseous. Well, maybe its better you just don't know what it is. The next time you are in a grocery store or a low priced chain store, just for kicks, check out how many dog food bags have animal protein in the ingredients. Its cheap to buy for a reason. Yuck!