Dog Food Info

2008 Whole Dog Journal’s Top Dog Food Picks
Addiction Foods – addictionfoods.com
Artemis – artemiscompany.com
Azmira – azmira.com
Back to Basics – beowulfs.com
Bench & Field Holistic Natural Canine – benchandfield.com
Blue Buffalo – bluebuff.com
Burns – bpn4u.com
By Nature BrightLife – bynaturepetfoods.com
By Nature Organics – bynaturepetfoods.com
California Natural – naturapet.com
Canidae – canidae.com
Canine Caviar – caninecaviar.com
Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul – chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com
Cloud Star Kibble – cloudstar.com
Drs. Foster & Smith – drsfostersmith.com
Eagle Pack Holistic Select – eaglepack.com
Evanger’s Super Premium – evangersdogfood.com
Evolve – evolvepet.com
Firstmate Dog Food – firstmate.com
Foundations – petcurean.com
Fromm Four Star Nutritionals – frommfamily.com
Go! Natural – petcurean.com
Hund-N-Flocken – solidgoldhealth.com
Innova – naturapet.com
Innova EVO – naturapet.com
Karma Organic – karmaorganic.com
Lick Your Chops – healthypetfoodsinc.com
Life4K9 – life4k9.com
Lifespan – petguard.com
Merrick Pet Care – merrickpetcare.com
Mmillennia – solidgoldhealth.com
Natural Balance Organic – naturalbalanceinc.com
Natural Balance Ultra Premium – naturalbalanceinc.com
Newman’s Own Organics – newmansownorganics.com
NutriSource – nutrisourcedogfood.com
Organix – castorpolluxpet.com
Petguard Organic – petguard.com
Performatrin Ultra – performatrinultra.com
PHD Viand – phdproducts.com
Pinnacle – breeders-choice.com
Prairie – naturesvariety.com
Premium Edge – premiumedgepetfood.com
Prime Life Plus – ompetproducts.com
Raw Instinct – naturesvariety.com
Royal Canin Natural Blend – royalcanin.us
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Potato and Rabbit – royalcanin.us
Showbound Naturals – healthypetfoodsinc.com
Timberwolf Organics – timberwolforganics.com
Ultra Holistic Nutrition – ultraholistic.com
VeRUS – veruspetfoods.com
Wellness – oldmotherhubbard.com
Wenaewe – wenaeve.com.uy
Wysong – wysong.net
Zinpro – lincolnbiotech.com

Grain Fee – 2008 Whole Dog Journal’s Dog Food Picks

Artemis Pet foods – Maximal Dog www.artemiscompany.com

Canine Caviar Pet Foods – Venison & Split Pea Dinner www.caninecaviar.com

Champion Pet Foods – Orijen line www.championpetfoods.com

Diamond Pet Products – Taste of the Wild, High Prairie, Pacific Stream and Wetlands www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com

**** Van Patten’s Nat. Balance – Potato & Duck, Sweet Potato & Fish, Sweet Potato & Venison www.naturalbalance.com

Natura Pet Products – Evo; Evo Red Meat, Evo Reduced Fat www.naturapet.com

Solid Gold Health – Barking at the Moon www.solidgoldhealth.com

Nature’s Variety – Instinct, Chicken Meal Formula, Rabbit Meal Formula and Duck Meal & Turkey Meal Formula www.naturesvariety.com

Petcurean Pet Nutrition – Now, Puppy, Adult & Senior, and Go Natural Grain Free www.petcurean.com

Taplow Feeds – FirstMate Potato & Fish, FirstMate Potato & Fish with Blueberries www.firstmate.com

The Honest Kitchen – Force and Embark www.thehonestkitchen.com

Wellness/Old Mother Hubbard – Core Original, Core Reduced Fat and Core Ocean Formula www.wellnesspetfood.com

Other Dog Food Brands Available

Life’s Abundance Premium Pet Food – Contains NO by-products, NO Corn, NO Steroids, NO hormones, and NO artificial Colors, flavors or chemical preservatives… Free Samples Available!! – Link

Flint River Ranch Pet Food – Link

Bad Human Food For Dogs

Avocados

They contain a toxic component called persin, which can damage heart, lung and other tissue in many animals. This fruit is very toxic to dogs, cats and most animals.

Beer

Alcoholic beverages can cause the same damage to an animal’s liver and brain as they cause in humans. But the effects can be deadly on animals since they are much smaller than us. The smaller the animal, the more deadly the effects can be. Even a small amount of alcohol may cause vomiting and damage the liver and brain.

Nuts

Walnuts and macadamia nuts are especially toxic. Effects can be anything from vomiting to paralysis to death. Within 12 hours of eating the nuts, pets start to develop symptoms such as an inability to stand or walk, vomiting, hyperthermia (elevated body temperature), weakness, and an elevated heart rate. These symptoms can be even worse if your dog eats some chocolate with the nuts. The effect can cause kidney failure, often leading to death.

Chocolate

Chocolate contains theobromine, which can kill your pet if eaten in large quantities. Dark and unsweetened baking chocolates are especially dangerous. Giving your pup a piece of chocolate cake or even letting him lick the chocolate icing on the cake could cause him to become ill. Theobromine can also cause a dog or cat’s heart to beat very rapidly or irregularly, which could result in death if the pet is exercising or overly active.

Candy

Candy or anything containing Xylitol (a common sweetener found in some diet products) can cause a sudden drop in an animal’s blood sugar, loss of coordination and seizures. If left untreated, the animal could die.

Caffeine

Coffee, tea or any product that contains caffeine stimulates an animal’s central nervous and cardiac systems. This can lead to restlessness, heart palpitations and death, depending on how much the animal consumes.

Grapes and raisins

Grapes and raisins can lead to kidney failure in dogs. As little as a single serving of raisins can kill them. And the effects are cumulative, which means that even if a dog eats just one or two grapes or raisins regularly, the toxin that builds in his system will eventually kill him.

Onions

Onions are another common food that can be highly toxic to pets. They can destroy an animal’s red blood cells and lead to anemia, weakness and breathing difficulties. Their effects are also cumulative over time.

Medicine

Hide medicine from your pets just like you would from your children. The most common cause of pet poisoning is from animals ingesting a medicine or drug normally prescribed for humans.

And this is not just because furry pals are getting into their pet parent’s medicine cabinets. In many cases, pet owners give their feline and canine friends an over-the-counter medication to ease an animal’s pain. But acetaminophen and ibuprofen, the active ingredients in many common pain relievers, are extremely toxic to dogs and cats. They can cause gastric ulcers, liver damage, kidney failure and sometimes death.

Good news foods

There are a few things that you CAN give to your furry pal. However, you should always consult a veterinarian before introducing a new food item to your pet.

Although these foods are normally harmless, some animals have sensitive gastrointestinal tracts. So even these healthy treats should be avoided if they cause gastrointestinal upset for your pet. Keep in mind that these and other “extras” should not make up more than 5 to 10 percent of the pet’s daily caloric intake.

Lean meats

Any cooked lean meat should be fine for most dogs. High-fat meats, chicken skin and fat from steaks or roasts are not recommended. Ingestion may lead to gastrointestinal upset or even pancreatitis. This can be a very painful condition for dogs.

In addition, most companion animals do not need extra fat in their diets. Never give your pet meat with the bone in it. Animals can choke on the bones, and they can splinter as well.

Vegetables

Carrot sticks, green beans, cucumber slices and zucchini slices are all OK.

Fruit

Apple slices, orange slices, bananas and watermelon are all OK. Make sure the seeds have been taken out; seeds are not good for your pet!

Baked potatoes

Plain baked potatoes are fine, but make sure they are cooked — no unripe potatoes or potato plants.

Bread

Plain cooked bread is fine; just make sure there are no nuts or raisins added.

Rice and pasta

Plain, cooked pasta and white rice are OK. Often veterinarians recommend plain rice with some boiled chicken when gastrointestinal upset is present.