This summer, pet owners heard troubling news from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that it was investigating whether there’s a connection between grain-free pet foods and canine heart disease. So Bay Woof was thrilled a few industry experts wanted to explain the news and recommend food and nutrition options for dogs in relation to the information.
First up is Anna Koscielniak Thiel of Jeffrey’s Natural Pet Foods who talks about why pet owners went grain-free in the first place, how today’s consumers are so much more informed, and why pet guardians might consider laying off the kibble in “Embrace Fresh Foods for Fluffy and Fido.”
Next, Cynthia Schorle of Alameda See Spot Run continues the discussion about the potentially offending peas, lentils, legume seeds, or potatoes as primary food sources, but she urges pet parents not to panic. She also makes a good case for a more meat-based protein diet for dogs in “Feed Your Dog More Meat” and explains raw, freeze-dried, and cooked foods.
In “Quibbles With Kibble,” Beverly Ulbrich, The Pooch Coach, talks about the importance of healthy dog food and dog treats, where — and where not — to find and buy them, and why she has ditched kibble and adopted a holistic approach to health care and dietary supplements for her pets.
Additionally, Kelly Gorman Dunbar in “The Monthly Woof” weighs in on a better way to feed your dog in “Food Can Be Magical Currency for Dogs.” While she favors using food in training as a reward, she suggests we pet parents are getting it all wrong when we dump tasty tidbits, morels, and kibble into our pooches’ dinner bowls twice day. Instead, she recommends teaching your dog to work for that kibble by making meal time fun time. Put the food in food-dispensing toys, puzzles, or rubber toys, and use the daily ration to elicit a proper sit, stay, down, or come by hand-feeding it.