Nutritional Coaching for Your Pet’s Diet
Studies have proven that a dog’s diet has as much or more to do with its overall health than any other single factor. We have researched every brand of dry and wet dog food on the market, as well as studied canine nutrition from some of the field’s leading experts. While a dog’s most natural diet mirrors what its ancestors ate; a raw prey model diet of muscle meat, organ meat, and bone, most people are not able to provide that due to our hectic day to day lives. There are several ‘near’ raw dry kibbles and wet foods, alike, and we carry several of those. We love to help people understand their pet’s nutritional needs better, so please call to schedule a visit where Meg will be happy to offer complimentary coaching and a brief educational overview of the different kinds of food and their value to your pet. We would also be pleased to help you transition your dog or cat to a raw or mixed raw and kibble diet. This can be a daunting process sometimes, but is ultimately the very best way to feed your pet.
And because we believe that proper nutrition is one of the cornerstones of good health in our pets, Bifrost Farms has decided to offer some of the best premium quality pet foods on the market today. Don’t just show up and expect to shop our brands, however. Due to the lack of preservatives in most of these foods, Bifrost Farms has opted to place one order per month, on a by-request basis. Let us know if you’d like to be put on our pet food mailing list to be notified when orders are going in.
Here are some terms and ingredients used in the food descriptions below and why they are important to know about when planning your pet’s diet.
- Enzyme – The best enzymes, which help digest food, come from food in its natural, uncooked state. If insufficient in your dog’s food, then the whole digestive burden is put on your pet’s body, causing an over-stressed digestive system.
- Probiotic – These are the ‘good’ bacteria that help maintain a healthy eco-system in the digestive organs. Very important to the immune system.
- Amino Acids – These are protein’s critical for a dog and cat’s health. Some essential amino acids they can produce themselves, but many cannot and must be supplied in their food.
- Omega Oils – Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids cannot be synthetically produced and are a critical part of nutrition. So, foods that contain natural forms of these supplements are always a good thing.
- Grain-free and/or starch-free – Aside from the fact that many dogs are allergic to wheat or other grains, grain and starch are not a significant natural part of a dog or cat’s diet. Many commercial foods, including some very popular names, use them as filler, which translates to empty calories and a food too high in carbohydrates.
- Vegetables and fruits – Especially when feeding a raw diet, some vegetables and fruit are very healthy and add nutrition. In the wild, the only herbivore ingredients a dog would get were the contents of his prey’s stomach and the grass he munched on occasionally. This provided all the fiber they need.
- Game – Not only is a dog’s biologically natural diet originally based on wild game, but venison, beaver, duck and bison are very good alternative proteins for allergy-prone dogs.
- Raw diet – This subject deserves its own page because it is something we believe in so strongly. A good place to start would be rawfed.com and Jane Anderson’s page of raw links.