"𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗸𝗶𝗯𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗜 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗺𝘆 𝗱𝗼𝗴?"
I get asked this question a lot, for a Nutritionist, it's like asking me what's better...Cocaine or Meth? 😲🤪 What I'd like people to understand is that the answer would be completely subjective. The average pet parent will happily give you their recommendation however when I often see these recommendations and then look at ingredient labels it verifies that the average pet parent doesn't know how to evaluate "dog food" and this isn't their fault! Dog food companies use loop holes in language to trick consumers into thinking what they're feeding their dog is high high quality. The average pet parent doesn't realise there is NO regulation of the terms premium or ultra premium or even holistic. I could make a kibble out of sawdust and add synthetic & natural vitamins and minerals to it and call it Ultra Premium Holistic Complete & Balanced. 😔 When you're a pet parent that's feeding your dog dry food, you would likely feel personally attacked by my comments, I get it!!!! I would have also felt the same way when I fed kibble. It makes me feel so frustrated and sad that the dry food industry has been so effective in their marketing that over time that they have created a population of over 90% of the pet food feeding population who believes that "dog food" is safe, has everything your dog needs and is actually healthy. ❌ 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗡𝗢 𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘂𝗴𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 "𝗗𝗼𝗴 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱" 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗹𝘂𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗱𝗼𝗴'𝘀 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗺 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 & 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗹-𝗯𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴. ❌ 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗻𝗼 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 "𝗗𝗼𝗴 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱". ❌ 𝗗𝗿𝘆 𝗱𝗼𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗵 𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝘀 𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗿𝗮 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝘀𝘆𝗻𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗻𝘂𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 (𝘂𝗻𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘄𝗶𝘀𝗲 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗲𝗱) 𝗶𝘀 𝗡𝗢𝗧 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝘀 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗳𝗼𝗼𝗱. 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗗𝗼𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗲𝘆𝗲 𝗿𝗼𝗹𝗹 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗼𝗹𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁'𝘀 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝘆! 🐾 Here's what we do know: ✅ Even kibbles labeled as "Premium" are not mostly meat, you are likely feeding more plant matter than meat. ✅ Cheap kibbles might have around 20% meat. ✅ Kibble unless otherwise specified is generally high in carbohydrates which is counter to what a dogs body is made to function on. Carbs aka sugar can be around 25-50% of the kibble formula! ✅ Kibble is not an anti-inflammatory healthy food, in-fact it, its high carbohydrate content will do the opposite and create inflammation in the body. ✅ We have accepted organ failure, cancers and the likes as "normal" in middle-older aged dogs. We are what we eat, take a moment to really take that in. ✅ Dry food fed dogs have a lack of diversity in their gut flora and given the gut is the body's 2nd brain and influences disease and behaviour that might be something that needs some serious addressing. ✅ That pretty picture of the cut of meat or nice veggies on the packaging is NOT what is in the pack. Any product with "by-products" is the literally rubbish off the floor - the waste product. Animal by-product can be and is (photographically proven) transported to rendering plants in UNrefrigerated trucks. ✅ The synthetic nutrients used to "balance" a dry food is known not be to absorbed and utlised in the same way as whole food nutrients from unprocessed foods. I could keep going but I think you get the drift. 👎 𝗗𝗥𝗬 𝗗𝗢𝗚 𝗙𝗢𝗢𝗗 𝗜𝗦 𝗡𝗢𝗧 𝗛𝗘𝗔𝗟𝗧𝗛 𝗙𝗢𝗢𝗗 ❓ 𝗦𝗼, 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗻𝗼𝘄?! The great news is, you can start feeding HEALTH FOOD to your dog today! Meat, bones, fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds! 👉 You can start by removing a hand full or around 20% of your dogs kibble and replacing it with health food! Over time you can add more and more. To learn more about the types of food you can feed and how to balance it, come and join us! https://www.facebook.com/groups/rawandfresh/ 🤪😅 So hopefully you'll now see why I can't answer "What kibble should I feed my dog".