A lot of research went into our choice of dog food, especially when I started learning about the plight of dogs euthanized in animal control facilities and the alarming rise of cancer in our pets.
For the past year, our base kibble has been the Victor dry dog food line. They have a 4-5 star rating on Dog Food Advisor, and none of their ingredients is “outsourced.” The proof is in the appearance and behavior of the dogs . . . all are a healthy weight (a couple are prone to “chunkiness”), their appetites are good meaning they eat at a normal pace and not over-voraciously, coats are shiny and thick, their eyes are clear, bright and sparkle, and, last but not least, feces have a well-formed consistency.
As for humans, dogs need a little variety, so I try to give them various protein sources including salmon, lamb, duck, turkey, bison . . . most of the Victor line is beef-based, and the protein/fat content is tailored to the needs of each dog’s level of activity and breed specifics. I also use a spreadsheet to customize the combination for each dog. Some cannot handle a protein content of more than 22%, others need more protein and fat.
The only “donation program” we participate in is through the National Greyhound Adoption Program because their dry food is of “health food store” quality. Most other “pet pantries” offer the low-end brands because they take and pass on whatever they can get.
When we first started, I researched every brand that I did not immediately recognize and entered them also into the spread sheet for analysis. The last couple of shipments have been pretty consistent with the brands, so that has helped to save us some time.
So our rule of thumb is to keep the Victor food as 30-50% of the daily intake and add other brands and meats for the remainder. This keeps their digestive system “stable” and healthy.
We spend about $1000 per month on dog food, and are trying to set up a monthly matching donation program to cover the cost of freight for the National Greyhound donation program. We were informed to expect a rise in the cost of the pallet this calendar year. So we are targeting a goal of $500 for the shipment. I cover the remainder of the cost of the regular Victor food from my personal income.
Our world has become much more dangerous . . . the food supply for humans is often tainted via questionable processing, and it’s even worse for our pets.
With good and healthy nutrition, there is less chance for illness, and certainly recovery time is shorter if “something” does strike.
My philosophy is that I’m responsible for the health and safety of all the animals that find their way into my life, regardless of where they came from, and I will do everything in my power to give them a a life of good health, love and happiness.
What “goes into the body” truly matters . . . for all of us. . . for the rest of our lives.
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