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All natural dog food for the picky pet owner

This post was filed under Dog Health, Food and Diet.

This is a sponsored post, but do read on. It’s quite informative, promise 🙂

RubyWhat does it really mean when you say “natural dog food?” Some of my dog-loving relatives and friends have tossed this word around, each saying that they’re feeding their dogs the best natural dog food. But do we really know what it means?

When Sheero was still alive, I used to buy her baked doggy snacks from Animal House Clinic every time I happened to be in a branch. Even from the packaging you’d know the goodies were homemade—they came in standard sealed plastics packaged in a decorative brown paper bag. Sheero used to love these all natural goodies, but I couldn’t buy as much for her as I’d like to—these home-baked doggy snacks were pretty pricey.

Unless it’s pretty apparent that the dog food has been home-baked (like the chicken liver dog cookies Sheero used to love), it’s harder to determine if a dog food really is all natural when it comes in commercial packages. We feed our dogs Royal Canin, and it wasn’t because we thought it was all natural—we basically feed them that brand for the simple reason that it’s good for their coats.

The All Natural Dog Food article from Dog Buffs discusses this in detail. It points out important ingredients that could help prove or disprove that the dog food is all natural. It also discusses popular dog food brands which claims that their dog food falls under the “all natural” category.

The article is very informative, but what struck me the most were these lines:

The production of kibble is achieved by one of two methods, by oven baking or by extrusion (high pressure steaming). Oven baking is deemed to be better, but it still makes you wonder whether a manufactured food can be called all natural if it is processed.

I never really thought of it that way, and it does make sense. How can a dog food be called all natural if it is processed? I suppose they’re just describing the ingredients in this case and not the process by which it was made.

Although I’d have appreciated the article more if it had some pictures (sorry, I’m a web designer by profession—I just can’t help it), it did present a lot of stuff about dog food. And by the way, the photo on this post was taken from the Dog Buffs home page (I think the adorable dog’s name is Ruby), which if I may add, is also quite a good read.

Since this is a paid review anyway, allow me to go all out in suggesting things. I love the idea of the site being a treasure throve of dog information (I’m definitely bookmarking that site), but it would be great if the site is liven up a bit. Maybe a little bit more color and photos? The site doesn’t necessarily have to be as flamboyant as Dog Fashionista, but a little bit play in color combination can result to a lively and professional-looking site.

Another suggestion I’d like to make is allowing comments on posts, which encourages interaction from visitors. But if a blog isn’t what the site owners have in mind, an option to subscribe to the site’s RSS feed might help in letting people know that there are site updates. The key to getting traffic to the site is to be able to find a way for people to keep on coming back. Since the homepage isn’t really designed that way (it has a welcome text instead of a series of recently posted entries), an RSS feed will help people get updated—and they will come back for the new piece of useful info.

Hope that helps 🙂

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