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Being a doggy parent comes with certain responsibilities. There’s a lot to pay attention to, such as exercise, play, grooming, diet, medical care, health concerns — the list is seemingly endless.
When we talk about diet, though, what does that mean exactly? Paying attention to your dog’s diet means more than making sure they’re not eating out of the trash, or getting into chocolate or grapes, or not eating poop. (Although those are all important, too!) What we actually feed to our dogs is important.
I have to admit, I’ve been guilty of feeding my dog any old (cheap) dog food, and leaving it at that. I had no idea what was even in the dog food. I just figured, if it’s made by a well-known brand, it must be good, right? And, if my dog is healthy, then the food must be good enough, right? And just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s not good, right?
But is all that actually right? No, not right, not at all. In fact, I probably only tried to convince myself of those things because it made me feel better about my choice.
One thing I didn’t do was look at the ingredients of dog food. Ever. Why? Because I probably couldn’t justify my dog food choice if I did so. Irresponsible doggy parent? Um, yes. I’d have to admit that, if I’m being honest.
Because, as it turns out, good nutrition can actually mean better health for your dog. There’s definitely something to be said — obviously — for natural dog food vs. run-of-the-mill, processed dog food.
When it comes to natural dog food, Nature’s Recipe® at PetSmart is an obvious (and responsible) choice. The folks at Nature’s Recipe have been providing pets with ideal nutrition, creating recipes for pets where every ingredient counts.
Ingredients like…chicken. And oatmeal, and chicken meal, and barley, and brown rice. Those are the first five ingredients of our Nature’s Recipe dog food. The “other” dog food I was feeding my dog? Whole grain corn, corn gluten meal, chicken by-product meal, animal fat, and soybean meal.
When it comes to dog food recipes, Nature’s Recipe creates recipes for real life, which help provide dogs with specific benefits (either nutritional or functional).
Plus, Nature’s Recipe dog food is grain free, and it contains no artificial colors or preservatives!
For my dog’s needs, I selected Nature’s Recipe Large Breed Puppy Food (Frankie is a German Shepherd, after all), which is specially formulated as it focuses on the needs of large breed puppies: Energy, muscle development, controlled weight gain, and good digestion.
The Large Breed Puppy recipe contains chicken (an excellent protein for muscle development), oatmeal (a great carbohydrate source for energy), and chicory root (a soluble fiber that helps keep their digestive tract running smoothly). That sounds precisely like the food — and the delicious nutrition — Frankie needs, am I right?
Not only is Nature’s Recipe natural dog food good for Frankie, but it’s delicious nutrition as well. Frankie loves this dog food, which, believe it or not, isn’t always a guarantee with her!
Keep in mind, providing good nutrition for your dog doesn’t automatically mean you have to buy expensive dog food. In fact, you will find Nature’s Choice dog food at PetSmart at prices comparable to the supermarket. See for yourself!
Choosing Nature’s Choice means I can choose all-natural food with added vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, and it means I can do so without breaking my budget. It’s really just a matter of making a responsible choice for my pet, which is all we really want to do, right? Right.
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