I have always been passionate about learning as much as I could about feeding my dogs and what I can do to help them as healthy as I can through nutrition.
I can never thank Nancy Tanner from Paws and People enough for all her time and help along my journey of learning how best to feed my dogs, a combination of what could work with my travel schedule and budget.
I am really happy with what I feed my dogs, and I love that I have found food and supplements that work with how much I travel and my budget. And I wanted to post a blog about what I am currently feeding my dogs and some background on the food and supplements I use!
My dogs main commercial freeze-dried food is from Simple Food Project. I fell in love with Simple Food Project last year, I emailed them with some questions about sourcing and quality of ingredients. They not only answered every question I had, but they were extremely transparent about their food, their process, and where they source. After my dogs tried some samples of SFP I quickly ordered a box to try out, my dog were in LOVE!
There are no fillers in their food, they add ground krill into their formulas for a source of Omega 3’s, which is awesome! They are very low in carbs, which is also a winner with me, and all of their vitamins and minerals are provided in whole food form, no synthetics!
I had been struggling while traveling because my dogs were not as enthused about eating other brands of freeze dried or even dehydrated. But they have never lost their appetite for SFP, and I love the fact I can see REAL food. When you open a bag of the Chicken and Turkey recipe you can see actual pieces of freeze dried chicken hearts, and my dogs love all their different textures, it never becomes an oatmeal or “soup” type of consistency.
Simple Food Project is now the only freeze-dried food I feed, and I can’t say enough good things about it. The ingredients are fantastic, and my dogs love every flavor they have. They also have warming, cooling, and neutral formulas that follow Traditional Chinese Medicine for feeding the different “types” ( More info at this link: https://www.herbsmithinc.com/food-charts/ )
I also use some of my own raw feeding along with the SFP, I will add fresh foods such as eggs, cottage cheese, yogurt, sardines, beef, turkey, chicken, etc.
Some days they may only get my raw mix which could be:
Meat (ground beef, chicken, or turkey)
And this will vary a lot depending on where I am and what I have on hand.
One big thing that I have been trying to do with my dogs is to provide everything they need in the form of whole foods.
Answers Pet Food is one of my main “supplements”. I use their fermented fish stock for their omegas, raw cows milk kefir for pro and pre-biotics ( and fermented foods have TONS of amazing benefits for gut health!) I also use their fermented turkey stock, and goats milk.
When I have room in my freezer or I am near a store while traveling, I will feed their commercial raw as well. Answers is my go-to brand for any commercial raw. Again, an amazing company who is VERY transparent about their ingredients and sourcing.
When it comes to commercial dog food companies, transparency and the company itself plays a lot into if I will feed it to my dogs. There are many good foods out there that I won’t feed because of how they answer questions or their general “feel”.
And my two favorite companies right now are Answers, Simple Food Project, and I do use Natures Logic for snacks. I have other companies that I will refer people to when asked, or that I will feed if I can’t get SFP or Answers. I would be happy to publish that list if there is interest!
When it comes to supplements I use Natures Logic powdered bone broths (i use these when I can’t get my stocks from Answers) I also use Silver Lining Herbs with all my dogs based on their needs, I love their Digestive formula, and all of my dogs are on their Joint Formula as well!
My main supplement is Auburn Labs APF Pro, I have used it for people over 8 years and it is something my dogs never go without. I use it for myself also!!
I have also been using some of Herbsmith’s formulas with my dogs (they are a part of Simple Food Project) and I am really liking how my dogs are responding to them. I will be ordering more formulas with my shipment next month.
Below is a basic look at what my dogs are getting this week, although this changes quite a bit depending on where I am, what I have access to, etc.
I am currently keeping my recipe rotations with Simple Food Project to their cooling Duck and Trout formula and their neutral Beef and Salmon formula for the summer.
(I split their supplements between AM and PM)
Beef grind (from my butcher in Oregon)
Natures Logic Kibble in a snuffle mat
Snack - Trachea (From Blue Dog Provisions)
Eggs from Chelsea’s Coop
Snack - Natures Logic canned sardine formula in a West Paw Toppl
Answers Turkey Stock
Snack - Natures Logic kibble in a snuffle mat
Chicken/Turkey grind (from the butcher)
Eggs from Chelsea’s Coop
Chicken Grind (from my butcher in Oregon)
Duck Eggs from Chelsea’s Coop
Snack - Raw food mix of chicken, turkey, and sardines, frozen in West Paw Toppl
Eggs from Chelsea’s Coop
Snack - Trachea (Stuffed with either a raw meat mix, or Natures Logic Canned, frozen)
Snack - Answers Raw Cows Milk Kiefer, eggs, cottage cheese
Chicken Grind (from the butcher)
Please note, I am not a canine nutritionist, nor do I pretend to be. This is just what is currently working for me and my dogs!
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