Wellness CORE Grain-Free Small Breed Formula is great for smaller breeds that require high quality kibble to meet their energy needs. Wellness CORE is protein rich, with deboned turkey, turkey meal, and chicken meal as some of its main ingredients. This is a with smaller kibble that is easy for dogs to eat and helps maintain healthy teeth. Best of all, Wellness that can be harmful to dogs.This dry food recipe contains salmon oil as its source of Omega fatty acids, which are great for keeping dogs’ coats and skin healthy. Glucosamine and Chondroitin are part of the formula in order to maintain joint and bone health, with added antioxidants for immune support. Some of the natural ingredients included in this recipe are apples, spinach, carrots, broccoli, and ground flax seed. This small breed formula was specially designed with the whole health of dogs in mind and is a great formula to feed your dogs on a daily basis.Wellness is a great dog food brand for owners that want to feed their dogs with whole, natural ingredients. Dog owners who switched their pets to Wellness CORE Grain-Free Small Breed Formula Dry Dog Food found that their dog’s digestion improved and that it is easy for small dogs to eat. Picky dogs enjoy eating this food and their owners notice that they have more energy with this grain-free, small dog formula compared to others that they tried. This food is also great for overweight Maltipoos who need to lose a little bit of weight, due to its optimal calorie formula.
Dry Dog Foods (Kibble and Dehydrated)
Raw is always best- healthy happy dogs. Kibble is like giving your dog junkfood for life. They need fresh food with trace minerals, probiotics and phytonutrients from ground green veggies
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Commercial Pet Food Industry Overview
A review of the development of the current commercial pet food industry is necessary to understand why it is important to be a very informed consumer since our PWDs cannot read the ingredients on dog food labels. Prior to World War II there was no commercial pet food industry. Pets were fed table scraps and family leftovers and did surprisingly well on these. However after the war many small regional dog food manufacturers developed. In the last two decades many of these smaller companies have been acquired by bigger companies. Then multinational food and consumer corporations acquired the bigger national dog food producers. Nestle bought Purina and now Nestle/Purina supplies Friskies, Alpo, Mighty Dog, Dog Chow, Puppy Chow, etc. Del Monte acquired Heinz and now sells Kibbles n Bits, Gravy Train, Nature's Recipe, Milk Bone Treats, etc. Petcare a division of Mars, Inc. produces Pedigree, Waltham, Royal Canin, Sensible Choice, etc. Colgate/Palmolive bought Hill's Science Diet (Science Diet, Nature's Best, and Prescription Diets) in 1976. Proctor & Gamble purchased Iams (Iams, Eukanuba) in 1999. P&G purchased Natura (Innova, Evo, California Natural brands) in June 2010. In the later half of 2014 Mars, Inc will acquire Iams, Eukanuba, and Natura brands from P&G for 2.9 billion dollars. Wal-Mart started its own brand named after its founder Sam Walton's favorite bird dog Ol'Roy. Ol'Roy has become the single largest single brand selling an estimated 10% of all dry kibble in the United States. Wal-Mart does not manufacture the food but sources it from Doane a large private brand manufacturer. These four companies distribute 85% of pet food sold in the United States (data from the Pet Food Institute 2004) with Nestle/Purina and Mars Petcare topping 60%. You may ask your self why did these conglomerates arise? The main reason is the pet food industry has become the major consumer of food products and byproducts that are not appropriate or cannot be labeled for human consumption. This allows these large human food processors to use off cuts, rejected parts and entire animals that are not suitable for human use. In essence commercial pet food has become a profitable "dumping ground" by allowing the use of what would have to be discarded. These pet food companies currently generate worldwide over $25 billion a year ($15 billion in the United States). The well-publicized recent massive commercial dog food recalls in 2007 because of the use of Chinese wheat gluten contaminated with melamine and cyanuric acid demonstrates that cost cutting can endanger our dogs' lives. These recalls have hastened an interest in home cooked and home prepared dog food. This coupled with increased interest in the use of organic products in our own cooking has led to a rush of publication of pet cookbooks.
What we found: Better ingredients overall matter most