For as long as I can remember, I have always had a dog in my family. I can’t imagine life without being cheerfully greeted at the door by a wagging tail or without the gentle nuzzle of a furry friend trying to comfort me when I’m sad.
Every one of our dogs has been a cherished member of the family that we love and care for and mourn when they pass away.
Evaluating What You Feed Your Pets
Last spring, I lost one of these beloved companions to cancer. After her passing, a well-meaning acquaintance suggested I might want to consider feeding our new dog a different brand of dog food since there might have been some correlation between my last dog’s diet and her illness.
I looked into it and found that there were indeed many reports claiming that the brand I was using had been tied to severe ailments in many dogs, though all of the complaints were from dog owners and unsubstantiated by studies or veterinarians.
Thus, I won’t name the dog food brand since I don’t have evidence that there is really anything wrong with it, but this investigation did get me to thinking about what I feed my pets.
I don’t know why it had never occurred to me that there might be some correspondence between my dogs’ diet and their health, aside from limiting their consumption of people food and avoiding chocolate and grapes. I suppose I trusted that dog food manufacturers would naturally avoid harmful ingredients.
Meanwhile, I’m quite careful about what I feed the rest of my family, choosing foods that are free from hormones and pesticides and other additives that I consider harmful. The reality is that for people and pets alike, a healthy diet is essential to a healthy life.
Go To Check Your Bag Website To Compare Dog Foods
So, I’ve started paying closer attention to the food that I am feeding my four-legged companions, and I’m not relying solely on the packaging to gather this information.
I encourage you to seek out multiple resources too. One that you might find helpful is the “Check Your Bag” website that compares several popular natural dog foods.