The Furriest Member of Our Family Also Needs a Healthy Diet

Wellness Natural Pet FoodFor those of us that put health and longevity as some of the top priorities for our family, buying and preparing natural and nutritious meals for them is kind of a no-brainer, as the link between diet and health is pretty strong. However, when it comes to our pets, sometimes we overlook that, and instead buy dog or cat food that isn’t nearly as high quality as the food we buy for our families.

That’s a shame, because if your family is anything like mine, your pets are loved and cherished and cared for as a member of your family, and since we wouldn’t feed our children foods that are packed with nutritionless fillers, artificial colors and flavors, or other sketchy ingredients, why would we do so for our four-legged friends?

Just as dogs need exercise, walks, play time, and love and affection from their people, they also need to have a nutritious diet, which can help them stay healthy and live longer. Unfortunately, just like people food, pet foods can contain a lot of fillers and dubious ingredients that are designed to maximize the company’s profits, not our pet’s health, and just as we are accustomed to reading food labels for our family, we ought be checking the labels on our dog food as well, since veterinarians near me have recommended this.

According to Dr. Al Townshend, staff Veterinarian at Wellness Pet Food, natural diets for dogs “can have significant benefits.”

“Natural diets offer ingredients with some important health benefits such as probiotics, those good bacteria that are essential for a healthy immune system and digestive tract; glucosamine and chondroitin for joint health; omega-3 fatty acids or fish oils for heart and kidney health; and added digestive supplements to enhance digestibility to get the very best benefits from quality proteins and fats.” – Townshend

One of the leading natural pet food brands, Wellness, makes their dog foods with high-quality proteins and fats from natural sources (real meat and whole grains), and includes vegetables and fruits, which add natural vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to the dog’s diet. Their dog foods are free from artificial flavors, colors, or other ingredients, ensuring that pet owners are getting the optimum nutrition for their animals, without any of the unhealthy additives found in other brands.

So how does your current dog food measure up to those from Wellness? The company has created a “Check Your Bag” site that can be used to compare their natural dog foods to products from some other brands that claim to be natural, but may not actually be.

Some of the biggest benefits to Wellness Complete Health Recipes include:

  • Live Active Probiotics – Added after the cooking process to promote a healthy intestinal tract and overall digestive health at guaranteed levels
  • Omega 3 & 6 Mix – Offering guaranteed levels of essential fatty acids for cellular function and healthy skin
  • Essential Vitamins & Minerals – Designed for cellular health, immunity and disease resistance
  • Fruit & Veggie Antioxidants – A proactive step in improving your pet’s nutrition
  • Rigorous Safety Testing – A Quality Assurance program that maintains strict standards for food safety
  • Excellent Nutritional Standards – Every batch of dry food is tested throughout the entire manufacturing process, from its basic ingredients to the finished products

If you’d like to get your dog started on a higher-quality natural food diet from Wellness, their products can be ordered online, or picked up at a retail location near you (which can be found using the Wellness Store Locator). Wellness also has a free online community that offers exclusive savings, contests, and tips for pet owners about keeping their furry friends healthy and happy, as well as an active Facebook page and Twitter account that are sure to keep pet owners informed and entertained.

[This is a sponsored post, however all views expressed are my own.]

Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

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