For full disclosure, anyone who knows me, knows my dog Riley is like a child to me. He is pampered and cared for more than I could explain. People always look at me weird when they hear how “spoiled” he is. In my eyes he is not spoiled, it’s my way of showing him how much I love him. And it’s no trouble at all to me.
I don’t mind heating his wet food every day.
I don’t mind making him homemade biscuits.
I don’t mind refreshing his water bowl practically every time he takes a drink.
I don’t mind sacrificing my bed or couch seat for him because I just love him so much.
With that, I also reward him with treats WAY too much. If you ask my husband, he’ll say Riley will get a cookie just for “looking cute.” And while that is true, I’m ashamed to admit, it’s now my fault my poor Lhasa Poo is five pounds overweight. He should be about 25 pounds, but is now tipping the scales at 30-ish.
Call it pregnancy hormones, call it being a little dog-crazy, but after our vet appointment yesterday, I cried the whole way home and then some when they told me Riley was overweight.
Anyway, I’ve always fed him organic natural dog food since day one. I’ve looked at him as my experiment, to see if natural dog foods really do stand the test of the time. Riley has NEVER had a food that has scary product names in it. Trust me, I do research constantly on dog food.
Well, the vet sent us home with a brand of food that I am not comfortable feeding Riley. It wasn’t even expensive, it’s just that the entire ingredients list was basically crap, pardon my language.
So, right now as that bag of “vet-recommended” dog food sits in my pantry, I’m scouring the internet looking for a great, natural weight loss dog food.
Here are the ingredients and definitions of the first few ingredients listed on the bag of food my vet wants me to give my dog. Yuck!
The AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) sets guidelines and definitions for animal feed, including pet foods. Below are their definitions.
Whole Grain Corn: Corn (or corn meal) simply serves as a low-cost filler. Corn passes right through a dog, providing little to no nutritional value.
Powdered Cellulose: Purified, mechanically disintegrated cellulose prepared by processing alpha cellulose obtained as a pulp from fibrous plant materials.
Corn Gluten Meal: That part of the commercial shelled corn that remains after the extraction of the larger portion of the starch, gluten, and term by the processes employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup.
Chicken Liver Flavor: Nothing is listed on The AAFCO’s definitions for pet food on this one.
Chicken By-Product Meal: Consists of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.
Soybean Mill Run: Composed of soybean hulls and such bean meats that adhere to the hulls and such bean meats that adhere to the hulls which results from normal milling operations in the production of de-hulled soybean meal.
Chicken: The clean combination of flesh and skin with or without accompanying bone, derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken or a combination thereof, exclusive of feathers, heads, feet and entrails.
Has anyone had any success with a natural weight-loss dog food? Please tell me your story and brand that you’ve used.