We believe that the first question we need to ask when buying dog food is, “Is this food healthy for my dog?” The second question is “Am I getting the best value for my money?” And the last question is “Does the retailer I select have a knowledgeable staff that can answer food and health issues for my dog”? To simplify the process for you we have come up with an easy four step process.
Step 1. – Read the ingredients label you are currently buying.If you see any of the following items in the list go to step four immediately. All these items are not good for the health of your dog.
BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin, wheat, corn, soy, animal fat, meat meal, bone meal, by-product meal, any dye coloring, brewers yeast, poultry or meat digest, cellulose, caramel, and egg product.
Step 2 – Refer to the dog food label to determine the feeding rate per day for an active 60# dog. The feeding rate for all brands is a straight line so the percentage difference in feeding is the same for all weights. Compare your food to the chart below for grain free dog foods. The reason for higher feeding rates are some brands use useless fillers like corn, alfalfa meal, or pea protein thus you must feed at a higher rate to get the same benefit.
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Step 3 – What size is the largest bag sold? Compare your brand to the chart below.
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Analysis of Charts:
- Beneful – If you are feeding this food you should seriously consider switching to a better food. The first four ingredients are corn (a useless filler), chicken by-product meal (a rendered product so who knows what is in it), corn gluten meal (another useless filler), wheat flour (another useless filler that also causes allergies in many dogs). This food has four dyes, red 40, yellow 5, yellow 6, and blue 2. It also has soy flour (another useless filler that is an allergen for many dogs), propylene glycol (banned in cat food by FDA but they haven’t gotten around to banning it in dog food).
- Blue Freedom & Wilderness – Blue is an above average dog food but they have had recalls so I would think twice about this supplier. Blue does contain caramel, which is a dye, and dried yeast, which can cause problems for many dogs. If this food is working for you, you may want to check the cost based on the higher feeding rate and the smaller bag size of Blue. Multiply your Blue cost by 1.16 (8% + 8.3%) and compare it to Acana or Fromm . You may come out the same price or you might save up to $15 per bag.
- Your current brand – Compare your current brand feeding rate and bag size to the above charts. We believe that in most cases you will actually save money and of course feed a dog food with zero bad ingredients.
Step 4 – Talk to Stacey at One Lucky Dog Bakery about switching if you are concerned about the food quality or the cost based on feeding rates and bag sizes. She can give you some samples to see if your dog would like to change. At One Lucky Dog Bakery “It’s all about the Dogs”.
Hi, it’s Fergus again and today I’d like to talk about a subject which is especially important to me and all dogs, healthy dog treats. If you are a regular Customer of One Lucky Dog Bakery you already know that we have six dog treats that have peanut butter. These are Peanut Butter, Monkey Bones, Finn’s Chocolate Dream, Garbage, Bark Bone, and Riggs. In recent years Peanut Butter suppliers have eliminated sugar and added a sweetener called xylitol because of its dental benefits for people as well as a sugar substitute for people with diabetes. The good news is xylitol is perfectly safe for you humans but it is extremely dangerous for us dogs. A little bit ( 0.007 teaspoon) can cause a big drop in a dog’s blood sugar and we can appear disoriented, stagger, collapse, and even get a seizure. Double that to 0.014 teaspoon and a dog’s liver can fail. Today peanut butter manufactures do not have to tell you that they use xylitol.
The good news is at One Lucky Dog Bakery we use natural peanut butter with no sugar, salt, or xylitol. We want all dogs to live a long and healthy life which is why we are very careful regarding all the ingredients of our dog treats.
I’m sorry but I have to leave you now because as usual I’m at the bakery and some Monkey Bones (Peanut Butter and Banana) are coming out of the oven and I must do my duty and make sure they are up to our high standards. Monkey Bones is our most popular treat and all the Deerhounds at the Bakery agree, they are the best.
Please check the labels on your peanut butter jars or call the manufacturer before you give your dog a taste of your favorite peanut butter you put on your toast in the morning.
Thanks for listening.
Hi, it’s Fergus again and today I want to talk about those health issues that we pets have occasionally and some all natural solutions that Mum has at One Lucky Dog Bakery. Mum wants all pets to have a healthy long life and she believes the solutions to most issues are simple natural products rather than chemical drugs. Here is my reference list and if you have any questions or concerns please stop at the store to talk with Mum, she’ll be glad to help. Bring your dog.
- Digestive Issues
a. Goats Milk – Just put on top of your normal food and it will help digestion and increase your immunity to diseases.
b. Micro Flora Plus – This is an herbal blend of probiotics, probiotics, and digestive enzymes that will support digestion and improve bowel health.
- Joint Issues for older dogs and certain breeds
a, Myristin – This is our number one product to help dogs with joint issues.
b. Comfort Aches – This blend of herbs relieves aches and discomfort and can be used as needed or or everyday.
c. Ark Naturals Joint Rescue – Improves flexibility and mobility. Comes in beef, chicken, lamb, and venison flavors.
- Nervous Pets – Happens because of trips to the Vet, storms, fireworks, or just being away from you.
a. Rescue Remedy – A liquid flower remedy that can be put on top of food, directly into the mouth, or in your pets water.
b. Calm Shen – The natural herbs in this product will help your pet maintain calmness and balance behavior. This product is a pill.
c. Calming Essential Oils – We have many different essential oils for multiple issues. Mum will be glad to help.
- Skin Issues – Talk to Mum about the specific issue because it simply may be the food your dog is eating.
a. Kelp – This product in rich in minerals that solve many skin issues as well as supporting the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands.
- Bladder Infections
a. Bladder Care – This product is a combination of bladder care herbs and cranberry extract. It will solve urinary tract infections, urinary stone formation, and crystals in the urine that is a common occurrence for some cats and dogs.
Hi, it is Fergus again and today I think it is time for me to talk about dog health and how to help your dog live longer. Two keys to long life are healthy liver and digestive systems and since we at One Lucky Dog Bakery are “All about the Dogs”, here are our tips.
- Digestive Health – Probiotics can benefit all dogs by aiding digestion and supporting the immune system. Probiotics simply inhibit the growth and activity of harmful bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Clostridium Perfringens. Probiotics are effective in treating diarrhea, preventing urinary tract infections, and even reducing allergy reactions. Ask for Micro Flora Plus at the store, one bottle will last 2 months for most dogs. Natural probiotics can help most digestive issues and that is why Micro Flora Plus simply works.
- Liver Health – People who eat a diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants have healthy livers. Most commercial pet food has a minimum amount of antioxidants and this is why we need to supplement our pets diet. Milk Thistle is a natural herb that has been used for over 2000 years. The active ingredient in milk thistle is silymarin, which is a powerful antioxidant that removes toxins from the liver and also regenerates liver cells. 1/2 teaspoon twice a day on top of our food does the trick for most of us. Please ask for Milk Thistle at the store.
We have a lot of natural supplements at the store to resolve health issues so please stop in to talk with “Mum”. She would love to hear about your dog and suggest a possible natural solution to a health issue.
When looking for a dog it is a good idea to check the average lifespan of the breed you have chosen and then look at the things you can do to help extend the life of someone who will become your best friend. Scottish Deerhound males have an average lifespan of 8 to 10 years and since I made it past 10 years, hopefully you will think my keys for caring for your dog have some merit.
- Eat good food. You might think that any dog food that is a national brand and advertised heavily on TV and in pet magazines has to be good. It really isn’t that simple, your owner needs to read the labels and if any flags are raised do not buy that dog food. If you are not experienced in reading labels check out my Dog Food Blog for more information. “Mum” carries Fromm, Orijen, Primal, and Vital Essentials at One Lucky Dog Bakery and I know she has made sure the labels on those dog foods have no ingredients which are a problem.
- Exercise Daily. This is not only good for you it is also good for your owner.
- As you age add natural supplements to your diet to boost your immune system. We have some excellent choices at One Lucky Dog Bakery. I can tell you from experience that Kelp, Myristin, and Herb Smith products really do work. Ask “Mum” about them the next time you are in the store. She’ll explain the benefits of them.
- Play often with your human and your favorite toy. We have some great toys at One Lucky Dog Bakery. If you have more than one dog at your house you may have trouble getting the toys away from the other dogs. Tegan loves her Topple and Fegus loves his Katie’s Bumpers toy and they both do not like to share. I’m too old to play with toys.
- Get baths and groomed often. This will help to release toxins from your body and you will also feel great.
- Get lots of stroking and scratching and hugs from your human. This love will actually help you both.
This list isn’t long but do these things and I know they will work. I also know that eating a healthy dog treat every day also works. I am lucky in that my treats are aways free, if you live in the USA, we ship free to most states.
Hi, it’s Fergus again and my topic today is dog health. Every dog Mum out there wants their dog or dogs to live a long, healthy, and active life. That is our main objective at One Lucky Dog Bakery which is why we carry so many products that will maintain or improve the health of your very important dog.
How will you know if your dog has joint issues?
Certain breeds like Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, and Newfoundland are known to have hip sockets which are not formed correctly and develop arthritis from that poor fit. All Dog breeds are like humans in that as we age the wear and tear on joints causes osteoarthritis and this affects our quality of life. Trouble getting up or down, slow or stiff movements that are not normal, difficulty climbing stairs, joint swelling, excessive panting, holding a leg off the ground, and favoring one leg are all signs that we need help.
What are the solutions?
- Control your dog’s weight – Excessive weight will make the joint issues worse so research the the target weight for your breed and do everything you can to keep your dog at that weight.
- Find a USA made natural product that has been proven to work. – As you probably know Mum likes to prove that the products she carries at One Lucky Dog Bakery actually work and her dogs become the test subjects after she completes all her research and feels the product has great possibilities. Myristin is the product she decided was the best one to stock. Finn had joint issues and the difference in him was amazing. After three weeks he was running and playing with us again and could even get up and down on the couch with ease. The same difference has now been evident in Knight and Mum is so convinced that Myristin is the best that she now started Tegan, Glenda, and me on it as a preventative.
- Surgery – You need to talk with your Vet if the first two solutions do not work.
What is Myristin?
Myristin is a natural nutritional supplement that contains Cetyl Myristoleate, Glucosamine Sulfate, and a coated MSM that work together with other joint nutrients to create optimum joint health. The product was tested by Vets and has a long list of satisfied Customers. There is even a Myristin for horses and our Customers in the Medina area are using the horse and dog versions. We also have some Customers on the people version.
If you have a dog or horse with some of the issues listed above please ask us about Myristin on your next trip to One Lucky Dog Bakery and we’ll be glad to answer all your questions. We are sure you will be another satisfied Customer. There is only one caution. If you have a pet that is allergic to bacon this is not the product for you. Myristin is flavored with bacon.
Thanks for your time.
Dog food labels contain a lot of ingredients so I thought I would simplify your life by giving you Finn’s simple rules for buying dog food plus give you a chart that you can use to compare with your dog food.
- Since the label lists the ingredients by weight concentrate on the first four (4) items to make sure these contain a meat, poultry, or fish source that your dog loves to eat.
- If the label includes corn or corn meal you should look for another dog food. Corn is a very inexpensive ingredient, it has little nutritional value for dogs, and for most dogs it causes allergy issues.
- If the label lists chicken byproduct this is a red flag. It could be every part of any chicken and the chicken may have been sick. There are some parts of chickens that no one should eat, you just do not know what you are getting so why take the chance?
- If you see BHA (FDA says BHA is ok in low doses but the fact that you are feeding your dog twice a day means a very high risk of cancer over time due to adding BHA every day), wheat middlings (this is the sweepings from the floor so what are you really getting), or food coloring you should keep looking for a better choice.
The chart below (just click on the link and you can view it or print it) shows four national dog food bands and compares their labels to Fromm & Orijen, the two products we carry at the bakery. Corn, corn meal, and chicken byproducts are fillers requiring you to feed more dog food and in these examples it shows that buying Fromm or Orijen can actually save you money.
Since at One Lucky Dog Bakery “It’s all about the Dogs” we decided to carry only those dog foods that will keep your dog healthy and we stay away from any red flags in the ingredient list. Check the label of your dog food to see if you have any red flags and compare your cost per day.
Hi, my name is Fergus and as you can see I am a Scottish Deerhound. If you have been reading this blog you know that Finn likes to give tips on how to improve the health of your dog and I am going to try to carry on that practice with some tips of my own. I learned these from Mum, Finn, and by sticking my nose in a lot of areas. I am really good at that last item, sometimes it works out and sometimes I get in trouble. Here is my latest tip for those dogs that are picky eaters or who are getting old, or who might have kidney or bladder stones. This is a very healthy way to hydrate your dog.
Bone Broth Recipe
Protein Source – Use a whole chicken or turkey with bones, or beef bones. Whichever your dog likes. Bones are important because of the health benefits of bone marrow.
Turmeric – 1 to 2 teaspoons.
Parsley – Quantities of veggies are up to you, more=more vitamins.
Carrots – Peel and cut in half.
Celery – Cleaned and cut in half.
Garlic – 1 teaspoon. This is optional.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Splash.
Kale – Rough Chop.
Add all to a stock pot, add water, cover, and simmer on low heat for 12 to 24 hours. Strain. If your dog is on a low fat diet, put stock in refrigerator until the fat forms on top and then remove the fat. Add the protein (remove all the bones) and veggies back into the broth and freeze in containers to use as needed.
This is a vitamin rich broth and it is a great way to get Turmeric or Apple Cider Vinegar in your dog’s diet. Turmeric and ACV are really good for your dog but they need to be disguised. I love Bone Broth!
When it comes to food we dogs are a lot like our owners. We hear our owners say all the time,” I’m getting very tired about eating the same thing all the time”. Well we dogs feel the same way so here are a few options to think about that will make us very happy at feeding time.
- Hopefully you will have picked a great dog food like Fromm, Orijen, Acana, or Zignature whose formulas for all their food is essentially the same thus allowing you to switch the primary meat source from meat, to chicken, to fish. Some dogs and cats really respond well to variety in their diet and will really look forward to feeding time.
- Feed raw turkey or chicken necks.
a. Can be as much as 30% of your pet’s daily diet.
b. Great for teeth and gum nourishment.
c. Provide a natural source of protein, fat, and calcium.
- Feed raw marrow bones.
a. Provides proper calcium and phosphorous balance in the diet.
b. Great for pet oral health and stimulating mental function.
- Some tips on feeding raw bones:
a. Introduce slowly to allow your dog to build tolerance
b. Raw bones are sold frozen. When they thaw they can be messy. Feed on a surface that can easily be mopped (never on a carpet) or outside.
If your dog has a sensitive stomach or can’t stand excessive fat in the diet the marrow may cause diarrhea. Either scoop out the marrow, offer bones with no marrow, or just stay away from this option.
- Feed Raw freeze-dried foods.
a. Make sure you pick a brand like Primal that uses high pressure processing which helps ensure food safety.
b. Make sure you pick a brand like Primal that only use human grade ingredients and are free from genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
Some owners alternate from kibble to freeze-dried in their feeding and others simply top off the kibble with the freeze-dried.
- Feed frozen Raw foods.
a. As with freeze-dried look for a supplier that uses high pressure processing, human grade ingredients, and no GMOs. These frozen foods can be the complete diet for that feeding or you can simply add the thawed meats mixed in with the kibble.
Of course One Lucky Dog Bakery carries all these options to keep your pet happy at feeding time plus your pet will be healthy and active. Just ask Mum (Stacey) about these options on your next trip to the store. She loves to talk about keeping your pets healthy and active.
I hope this answers some of your questions about dog food feeding options and now it is time for me to do a little counter surfing for one of my favorite foods, a One Lucky Dog Bakery dog treat. Thanks for your time.
Here are the top seven questions we get asked about dog food. If you do not see your question here just ask us at the store or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Why do you only carry Orijen, Fromm, and Primal at the store? Our objective at One Lucky Dog Bakery is to keep your dog healthy and looking good. We researched dog foods for over a year before we started offering food for our Customers. What we found was that these three companies kept all the bad stuff (click here to read about the bad items to look for on your dog food label) and didn’t load up the food with useless fillers. More about fillers in items two and three. The bad stuff in many dog foods causes skin and coat issues for most dogs. Eating dog food without these items keeps your dog looking good. The other way we try to keep your dog looking good is with the unique lines of USA manufactured collars and leashes we carry at the store.
- My Vet suggested I switch dog food because my dog has gained some weight; should I do this? Weight gain in dogs is traced to two factors. The first is the dog is not getting enough exercise and the second can be traced to excessive fillers in the dog food you are using.
- How can I tell if the dog food I’m using has useless fillers? The easiest way is to look at the daily feeding rate for the weight of your dog that is on the label. Here is an example for an active 22# dog:
Feeding rate for Orijen is 1.25 cups per day.
Feeding rate for Beneful Healthy Weight is 2.5 cups per day. This product has chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, soybean hulls, and ground yellow corn. All this items are useless fillers which is why you need to feed at a higher rate plus these items cause bad allergies in many dogs.
- Can I afford to switch to better dog foods, they seem to be too expensive? When you check the price of Orijen or Fromm against products such as Beneful, Pedigree, or Blue Buffalo you are correct that you will probably be paying more per bag. You need to take the pricing comparison to the next level and that is cost per day based on the feeding rate per day. What you will find with these three products is you must feed twice as much per day and when you check that cost vs Orijen or Fromm you will find Orijen costs less that $.10 per day more against Beneful and Pedigree and is over $1.00 less per day than Blue Buffalo. We believe when you add in the bad things you find on the other labels it is the other dog foods which are too expensive. Click here if you haven’t seen Finn’s dog food comparison.
- Do all USA dog food suppliers produce their food in the USA? Some USA companies actually manufacture their dog food in China which means you really do not know what is in the dog food. There are many USA companies that have multiple food lines with very different names all made by the same company. You switch foods after hearing about a recall on the brand you use but you just may change to a dog food made at the same facility. The list of dog foods that have experienced a recall is much too long and all dog owners need to be constantly alert to the plants and companies having these recall problems.
- I have a really small dog and it takes me a long time to use the large bags you stock, why don’t you stock smaller bag sizes? Actually we do. We don’t like to do this because your cost per pound is higher for those smaller bags but if it is easier for you to buy the smaller bags, you win. Just ask for the size you want and we will stock it.
- I have been using Orijen, feed by the rate on the label, and why is my dog gaining weight? The label is simply a guide and it appears that the feeding rate for your dog should be a little less. Just cut it back a little.