Our shep-rottie mix, Buster was born with a lot of health issues, and because of him I learned all about dog food and supplements.

1.  Every dog and cat should be grain and beef free.  This means no corn, barley, wheat, rye, or their glutens.  Ideally there would be no rice but sometimes this is not possible.

2. Every dog and cat should be on digestive enzymes unless they are out killing their meals everyday.  The food we provide for them is not perfect-its filling.

3. Wet or Raw food should be added to their diet….why?  Because feeding dry only is like giving them a bag of chips or a microwave dinner daily it is processed dead food.

4.  If you can find it at Wal-Mart its not healthy.

5.  Science Diet, Eukanuba,  & IAMS are not a superior food.  If you compare their ingredients with Ol’Roy, Purina, Pedigree, they are just about the same. Not to mention they test on animals and not in the happy ways you see on commercials.

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6. It is not necessarily a bad thing to feed wet food or change foods.  Variety is the spice of life and if your dog can handle it I suggest you do it.

My favorite Dog Foods:

Dogswell

Honest Kitchen

Evo

Natural Balance (grain free food only)

Before Grain

Stella and Chewy

Tripett (Tripe is so awesome for dogs with EPI and in general)

Nature’s Domain

Now

Go

Canidae-Grain Free Pure Elements*  I used to love Canidae and then they sold themselves to Diamond (which was involved in the recall), changed the formula and all four of my dogs were sick.  They have tried the grain free but I just don’t trust them like I used too.  I was not the only one with this problem so if you do decide to try it buy the small bag.

Cats

Wellness CORE-Helped my FLUTD kittie a lot!

Evo

Stella and Chewy

Honest Kitchen

Now

Go

Awesome Supplements

Buster had EPI and Hip Dysplasia which I managed with feeding a grain free food, Digestive Enzymes, Probotics, Tripe and Shark Cartilage (for the hip) Sea Pet and Ark Naturals Joint Rescue seemed to work the best for him.

Mr. Myagi (cat) gets FLUTD occasionally and we give him tinkle tonic, high protein grain free food, and changed his litter to Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Ultra Clumping Cat Litter.

My favorite supplement sites are http://www.onlynaturalpet.com and petfooddirect.com

If you are gluten-free and notice you still have symptoms and can’t figure out why…check your pets food if you’re getting that on your hands or if your extremely sensitive and breathing it in bothers you-the pet food may be your culprit.

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