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Blogging Paws is a blog site to bring you cost saving tips, fun pet friendly recipes, health information & even training advice. This site is aimed at being breeder & rescue friendly because the creator is a health testing breeder and exhibitor who is also active in the rescue world. We hate to see rescues & breeders at odds so we strive to bring the truth to the table to better unite us all in making the world a better place for our companions.
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Wild Frontier by Nutro… continued…

So Mr. Idle has been on a mix of 2 cups dry + 1 can twice a day since August 5th.  He’s a 65-70lb Male Berger Picard.  He took right to this food, no loose stools or upset tummy.  Idle has no known allergies or intolerant so didn’t hesitate on giving this food a go Read...

So Mr. Idle has been on a mix of 2 cups dry + 1 can twice a day since August 5th.  He’s a 65-70lb Male Berger Picard.  He took right to this food, no loose stools or upset tummy.  Idle has no known allergies or intolerant so didn’t hesitate on giving this food a go but if your dog has allergies please look at ingredient list.  I found some things in the list that weren’t in the name (check our first two posts), but this also goes for any foods you’re trying.

Overall, he’s put weight on and skin/fur look great.  I chose the canned salmon to try to get some salmon oils in his system.  Salmon oils are good for skin and coats.  I’d of expected some Omega nutrients but nothing is listed within the can’s text to support any such content so it’s unknown if there are in fact any present.

I do like that this food includes organ meat but I’d like to know how much nutrients is preserved after the cooking process.  Anyone know? I’d be happy to post.

So far very happy with the outcome of this food, stay tuned for our final update as we finish up the month with Wild Frontier by Nutro.



Wild Frontier by Nutro… Canned

So if you read our previous post, we also ordered Salmon & Liver Stew Grain-Free Adult Canned Dog Food Salmon & Liver Canned Ingredients Chicken Broth, Chicken, Salmon, Liver, Potato Starch, Dried Egg Product, Dried Pork Broth, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Flavor, Sunflower Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Salt, Dried Tomatoes, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Read...

So if you read our previous post, we also ordered Salmon & Liver Stew Grain-Free Adult Canned Dog Food

Salmon & Liver Canned Ingredients
Chicken Broth, Chicken, Salmon, Liver, Potato Starch, Dried Egg Product, Dried Pork Broth, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Flavor, Sunflower Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Salt, Dried Tomatoes, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Xanthan Gum, Ferrous Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin.

Calories: 820 kcal/kg, 291 kcal/can

We also start with talking about ingredients.  In the name of the product there was no mention of what kind of liver was used.  Was it beef, pork, chicken etc?  In the ingredients of a Salmon-in-name-first food it starts with CHICKEN!  We have Chicken broth then Chicken, Salmon makes it on list at 3rd followed by, still, nondescript ‘Liver’.  A little further down we see Pork broth.  I’d of expected Salmon (or even liver) to be first, most used.  I was hoping this food would offer some fishy oils for improved coat/skin rather than doing the oil caplets.  Just looking at ingredients, if your dog has an allergy to poultry, stay away.

At almost $3.00 a can I’d of much liked more salmon involved.

We’ll follow up with how our dog (Idle, 5yr old Berger Picard) is doing on the food, stay tuned!

 



Wild Frontier by Nutro

We were approached by Chewy.com to perform a 30 day review of Wild Frontier by Nutro in both wet & dry.  We chose Beef & Wild Boar Grain-Free Adult Dry Dog Food & Salmon & Liver Stew Grain-Free Adult Canned Dog Food. My first impression was expensive at $2.89/can & $2.77/lb, but I do like Read...

We were approached by Chewy.com to perform a 30 day review of Wild Frontier by Nutro in both wet & dry.  We chose Beef & Wild Boar Grain-Free Adult Dry Dog Food & Salmon & Liver Stew Grain-Free Adult Canned Dog Food.

My first impression was expensive at $2.89/can & $2.77/lb, but I do like the small kibble size.

Beef & Wild Boar Dry Ingredients

Beef, Split Peas, Pork Meal, Chicken Meal, Dried Potatoes, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Tapioca, Fish Meal, Wild Boar, Natural Flavor, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Turkey Liver, Pork Heart, Pork Kidney, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Pea Protein, Flaxseed, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Dl-Methionine, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols And Citric Acid (Preservatives), Zinc Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Selenium Yeast, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract.

Calories: 3,681 kcal/kg, 407 kcal/cup

Let’s talk about the above ingredients in the dry kibble.  First ingredient, Beef, as most dog food gurus know once cooked those whole meats lose a lot of weight due to the loss of moisture.  The next ingredient I expected should have been Wild Boar.  I mean if I’m purchasing a food with the meats in the name don’t you expect to see it on top of the list?!  We don’t see ‘pork’ unti 3rd in line after Split Peas, a filler and potential controversial vegetable.  Then we move to Chicken Meal, basically condensed, rich poultry protein, didn’t see Chicken mentioned in the name of the mixture but it’s higher than ‘Wild Boar’.  They also use chicken fat & fish meal before we even get to boar.  Wild Boar falls at #9 in the ingredient list, I was taught to look at the first 6 ingredients since they carry the most weight in the food.  So we’re potentially getting beef (but remember it’s lost a lot of weight due to moisture loss during cooking), peas, pork-chick-fish meal, potatos and chicken fat. A little further down they throw in some turkey.

Basically, if your pooch has a poultry allergy, even if the food is label Beef & Wild Boar, it’s not.  Feel like I’ve been a bit hood-winked.

In our next blog of this series, we’ll talk about the Salmon & canned liver food.



$5 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Rachael Ray’s ‘Nutrish’ Dog Food

So we did a 3 stage review of Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak Grain-Free Natural Wetlands for Chewy.com a few months ago.  While I’m not one to even look at celebrity endorsed pet food (or anything for that matter), I figured free dog food for a review, we’ll give it a try.  Nothing lost but some Read...

So we did a 3 stage review of Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak Grain-Free Natural Wetlands for Chewy.com a few months ago.  While I’m not one to even look at celebrity endorsed pet food (or anything for that matter), I figured free dog food for a review, we’ll give it a try.  Nothing lost but some time.

Well, I fed this food for 30 days to our youngest Picard girl.  The only finding I really found over this course or time was our girl seemed to want to drink more water than usual.  Everything seems to have settled after going back to or normal food (Sportmix Wholesome Chicken & Rice).

I open up my facebook yesterday to find this link on one of my boards from the dogingtonpost.com.

$5 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Rachael Ray’s ‘Nutrish’ Dog Food

“Instead, the products contain the unnatural chemical glyphosate, a potent biocide and endocrine disruptor, with detrimental health effects that are still becoming known,” court documents claim.

“The exact source of glyphosate in the products is known only to Rachael Ray Nutrish and its suppliers,” the documents continue. “However, crops such as peas, soy, corn, beets and alfalfa are sprayed with the chemical in order to dry them and produce an earlier, more uniform harvest — a practice with no health benefits, meant only to increase yield.”

dogingtonpost.com

Kind of makes me wonder, if the excess drinking could have been caused by the above.  Either way, we won’t be feeding it again and it’s not something I’d recommend for previously stated reasons on top of the above, too many other ‘better stuff’ out there.



5 Vital Dog Nutrition Facts Every Pet Owner Must Know

If you shop for dog food without looking at the nutrition information, then you’re guilty of neglecting your canine’s health. Dog nutrition is a crucial aspect that should not be overlooked by any pet parent. For all the love that your pooch has given you, he surely deserves the best care and the best quality Read...

If you shop for dog food without looking at the nutrition information, then you’re guilty of neglecting your canine’s health. Dog nutrition is a crucial aspect that should not be overlooked by any pet parent. For all the love that your pooch has given you, he surely deserves the best care and the best quality dog food.

A little bit of research is all it takes to understand canine nutrition and to actively avoid foods that are dangerous to your dog. To further supplement your knowledge on which foods are best for your dog, here are some nutrition facts you should now.

1. There are key essential nutrients

Your dog has to receive the right combination of nutrients to stay healthy. When buying dog food, the label should include “complete and balanced nutrition” and a mix of the following ingredients:

· Proteins – Out of the 23 amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins, the dog’s body only makes 13 of them. Since body tissues are a buildup of proteins, your dog needs to obtain the other 13 amino acids from plants and meat.

· Fats – Besides giving energy, fats also keep your dog’s hair and skin healthy. The dog’s body cannot create enough fatty acids on its own, which is why why your pooch needs to obtain food that has them. Important fats that you can feed your dog are omega-3 (linoleic acid) and omega-6 (DHA and EPA) fatty acids.

· Carbohydrates – When your pooch is able to eat vegetables and grains, he gets fuel for his body tissues and his intestines are kept healthy.

· Vitamins and Minerals – These are vital for building and keeping bones strong. However, the dog’s body doesn’t produce all vitamins and minerals. A complete and balanced dog food should include vitamin A, D, E, and K, B-complex vitamins, phosphorus and calcium.

· Water – Even if your dog loses half his protein and all his body fat, he can survive. But without water, your pal could die – even if he loses only one-tenth of liquid in his body. Don’t rely entirely on dog food for water as it’s not sufficient enough for your pooch. Make certain that your pet always get fresh and clean water at all times.

2. Dogs have a carnivorous nature

Carnivores are animals whose diets mainly consist of meat. Although your dog may enjoy eating vegetable and fruits, his anatomical makeup shows that he has evolved from a carnivore.

With an acidic and short digestive tract, your dog’s carnivorous biological makeup allows him to digest animal fat quickly. Also, your dog secretes huge amounts of hydrochloric acid which assists meat breakdown and kills the bacteria in raw meat. In contrast, plant matter takes much longer to break down in his body.

3. Pet parents must be wary of food fragments

These are usually low-quality leftovers from some types of food that you should avoid. When looking at dog food labels, you should also avoid the following:

· Middlings or mids

· Cereal food fines

· Millrun

· Oat Hulls

· Potato product

· Rice Hulls

· Corn Bran

· Distillers grain fermentation soluble

· Peanut Hulls

· Ground up wood particles (cellulose)

You will rarely see the items above on dog food labels. Nevertheless, it pays to be careful whenever picking out your dog’s food.

4. There are diverse qualities of meat proteins

Among meat proteins, there are still some which are easier for your dog to digest than others. If two food ingredients have a similar protein percentage on a dog food label, your pooch may be able to able to absorb one food better than the other.

· Muscle Meat – Consists of beef, chicken and lamb which are 92% digestible.

· Fish Meat – This has around 75% of digestibility.

· Organ Meat – The heart, kidney and liver are 90% digested by a dog’s body.

· Plant – Plant-based sources of protein such as rice, soy, oats, corn, and wheat have the digestibility of between 54 to 75%.

5. Sugar and artificial sweeteners can do harm

These ingredients make food more pleasant for dogs. However, they put in additional calories which are unnecessary and have no value for nutrition. What’s worse, sugar can lead to nervousness, tooth decay and hyperactivity.

To effectively manage your dog’s weight, you also have to avoid the following ingredients:

· Sorbitol

· Sucrose

· Cane molasses

· Glucose

· Corn syrup

· Propylene glycol

· Fructose

· Ammoniated glycyrrhizin

· Xylitol

Understanding what makes a good diet can help you promote the best pet health for your beloved dog. Feed your pooch good quality food on time and allow small amounts of fruits and vegetables in his diet. Remember, although dogs are originally carnivores, they need more than just meat to stay healthy.

AUTHOR BIO

Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.



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