Better than prescription pet food!

We get this kind of feedback a lot.  Prescription pet food has very little natural nutrition.  Synthetic/artificial vitamins/minerals are not easily absorbed by a body, as well, the ingredients are so bland they don’t actually contain any nutrients either.  When you have a sick animal that is not eating, it’s a priority to get them to eat, and to get some quality nutrition in their system to help bolster the immune system:

I just wanted to say thank you for helping out our little Maya with your wonderful food!  She has lymphoma and has been going through chemo since March.  She had almost stopped eating the prescription food she was on and I was actually attempting to spoon feed her her meals when Mary Beth recommended we try your food.  I had our vet look over the food labels and she said to give it a try.  Ever since then she has been eating on her own very eagerly because she loves the food!  She has gained a pound and a half and her last two chemo treatments seemed much easier on her, probably because she was feeling stronger!

I just wanted to take a minute to tell you how thankful we are that Maya is feeling better and it’s all thanks to your food!

Have a wonderful day!

Neerja C.

Best approach – Article – Why Grain Free may NOT be the best for your pet

Whole Dog Journal – NOT grain free

Choosing Dog Foods After the Grain-Free Scare

Posted at 10:10AM – Comments: (49)

Whether you feed your dog grain-free food or not, a balanced diet is best for your dog.

A warning from the FDA about a recently reported spike in the number of dogs developing dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) (linked here again) and a possible connection between DCM and the inclusion of peas, lentils, legumes, and potatoes in the diets of a majority (not all) of the dogs means we are going to be talking about diet a lot for a while.

I read the comments on both my blog from last week and Whole Dog Journal’s Facebook page (where a link to the blog is posted), and I have also been reading messages and emails sent directly to me, and one thing jumps out: So many people have been feeding grain-free diets with absolutely no reason or justification for their decision. Some people have gone so far as to accuse WDJ of promoting these diets over diets that contain grain – oh, no you don’t! That is just flat untrue.

The Popularity (Overpopularity?) of Grain-Free Dog Food

When the first few grain-free dry foods began appearing on the market about 10 years ago, we were happy to see products that could be fed to dogs who were allergic to or intolerant of grains. Mind you, these dogs are in the minority. Nevertheless, the fact that some commercial foods were available meant that more people who suspected that their dogs might have an allergy to or intolerance of some grain or another could try one of these foods and see for themselves: Did their dogs improve? Get worse? Or did it make no difference whatsoever? The commercial availability meant they could do a feeding trial that didn’t take a lot of time to research or money (for a home-prepared diet trial).

Lots of people tried grain-free foods and some of them noticed that their dogs’ allergy symptoms or digestive problems went away. When you have been dealing with a chronically itchy dog, or one with persistent diarrhea or gas, and these symptoms cease – well, it’s almost like a religious conversion. These folks often go out and preach.

Between the feeding success of these foods in some dogs, the enthusiasm of the owners of the success-story dogs, and the relentless hype coming from the “bones and raw food” / “biologically appropriate raw food” / “evolutionary diet” people (many of whom have strong anti-grain sentiments), grain-free just took off. I complained in a blog post over a year ago that it has gotten to the point where I was having a difficult time finding a food that did contain grain in pet specialty stores.

It came home again about a month ago, when three different people who were adopting the puppies that I had been fostering for my local shelter each asked about food recommendations and each said, “Should I get a grain-free food?” In each case, I asked them, “Why do you ask?” And not one person had a real answer. “I heard grain-free was better!” seemed to be the consensus. (My answer to that: It’s better for dogs who have problems with grain!)

If pressed about my misgivings about grain-free dry dog foods for any or all dogs, I say this: There is a far shorter history of dogs eating the carbohydrates that are being used in these diets than there was of dogs eating grains. I don’t like putting my dogs on the front wave of anything, whether it is the latest/greatest heartworm prevention medication (when ivermectin works just fine, and has been for decades), or flea treatments, or diets. I tend to want to hold back and see whether an inordinate number of adverse experiences are reported as these things hit the market.

Dogs Need Balance Over Time in Their Diets

But, perhaps more importantly, feeding ANY type of food every day, all year, for years and years, goes against my longest-standing food recommendation. We have always encouraged owners to switch foods frequently – at least several times a year – and switch manufacturers, too. Many food makers use the same vitamin/mineral premix in all their products, making us worry that any nutrient excess, deficiency, or imbalance would become essentially entrenched in the body of a dog fed an exclusive diet of that company’s foods.

Home-prepared diet advocates talk about “balance over time.” The concept is this: If you change the ingredients and recipe of your dog’s diet – exactly as most of us feed ourselves and our human families – as long as you include everything that a dog needs over the span of any, say, week’s worth of meals, the dog will be fine. In other words, every single meal doesn’t have to be “complete and balanced” – you can accomplish this over the course of several meals.

I look at the feeding of commercial diets the same way; I think you can similarly achieve balance over time by feeding different commercial products from different manufacturers, and, in this way, hedge your dog’s nutritional bets, rather than going “all in” on any one manufacturer or set of ingredients.

Whole Dog Journal’s General Dog Food Recommendations

When I am asked to make diet recommendations, these are the things I say:

1. Feed a variety of products, rotating both among and between several manufacturers of products, for nutritional balance over time, and to avoid problems caused by long-term exposure to any formulation problems or nutritional imbalances/excesses/inadequacies in your dog’s diet.

2. Feed the best food you can afford and that your dog does well on. This doesn’t mean spend the most that’s possible; if your dog does great on mid-range foods, great! But super cheap food should be avoided. The difference in the ingredients of cheap foods versus mid-range foods is staggering.

3. DO READ ingredient labels. You should recognize most of the foods in the food; if things are weird, and only sound sort of food-like, they are likely highly processed food fractions. You don’t want to see a lot of those. If the front of the label says the food is “chicken and rice” you had better see chicken and rice high up on the ingredient label, not buried four ingredients back below chicken by-product meal, corn, wheat, and pea protein.

4.  Feed grain-free foods only for good reason (dog intolerant of/allergic to multiple grains). Feed limited-ingredient foods only for good reason (dog intolerant of/allergic to multiple ingredients). Feed exotic protein sources only for good reason (as a part of a formal food allergy trial, or to a dog intolerant of/allergic to multiple “common” protein sources).

5. Above all: Trust. Your. Dog! If it works for him, it’s okay. If it doesn’t work for him, change!

I want to feed my dog/cat just one protein…. but, that doesn’t really work for them!!

Regarding both cats & dogs ~ because every animal is different (just like people), there is no once size fits all regarding the amount to feed or the protein to feed.  There are guidelines provided by commercial pet food companies (but there are a ton of ingredients in that bag that your animal will never benefit from, and there is little to no quality nutrition to absorb), but you will most definitely want to pay attention to each individual animal.  If you have two cats,  one of your cats likes beef and the other likes chicken, I would not deprive the cat that likes beef from beef and the other from chicken just because feeding only one protein is more convenient.  Different proteins offer different nutrients, and each animal knows what nutrients suite them best.  Trust what your animals are telling you!   Feeding a variety of proteins (because again all proteins are all different and offer different nutrition), offers your animals the best opportunity at a wide range of nutrients.  Animals that eat only one protein are deprived of essential nutrients offered by the other proteins they are not getting.  … eventually, their tastes may change, and you should watch for that, because that is an indication that they are searching for a different nutrient (protein).  Hence, trying to get to ONLY one protein because that would make it convenient (for you), doesn’t really work for them.
The commercial pet food industry USED to tell you to feed only one protein (because they wanted you to return and purchase their product only) wants you to think there is some sort of magical formula for feeding a cat, dog, pig, whatever – do you follow a set prescription for yourself?  Your children?   Carnivores eat meat.  There is no mystery to it.  It is not a chemistry experiment to feed a carnivore.  When an animal is satisfied with the nutrient content, they’ll stop eating, won’t be over weight, won’t have rotten teeth or bad breath, won’t poop volumes, and will most certainly let you know when they would like to be fed again.  When feeding a high quality diet, you don’t need the volume that is suggested on the package of commercial pet food.  You MUST pay attention to your animals size, energy, coat, and interest in the food.

The Skinny on FAT for Dogs (their energy source)

A HUGE amount of healthy, fresh fat is required as part of the nutritional requirement for dogs.   25-30% of a dog’s calorie intake should be from fresh trim.  Dogs LOVE fresh trim.  It’s highly palatable to them.  You won’t find this in dry kibble, no matter how much top dry brand costs.  Trim fat has a very short shelf life and is difficult to preserve without adding tons of chemicals.  Fresh trim helps keep your dog lean – Here’s why:

Unlike humans, dogs use fresh healthy fat as their energy source.  Healthy fats are essential for every aspect of your animal’s health.  @ Pack10 we use mostly fresh trim fat (animal – from local organic farms in Colorado), as well as Non-GMO olive and safflower oils that are nutrient rich in omegas..  It is the high-sugar carbohydrate component in foods, not the fat content, that causes obesity in pets, and is the leading cause of diabetes, & dental decay/bad breath in dogs & cats.

Pack10’s Commitment to sustainability – Packaging!

By the year 2020 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish :-(.  This fact makes us incredibly sad!

Every aspect of our cat food packaging is compostable.. .all the way down to the 2oz containers, which are made from corn.

In 2017 we switched our K-9 Meals from vac-seal (non-biodegradable, non-recyclable) bags to compostable tubs with recyclable lids.  

Pack10’s Production Facility in Golden, Colorado.

Pack10’s production facility in Golden, Colorado.

@ Pack10 we make hand crafted meals & snacks for dogs and cats – using only USDA Certified Ingredients.

No Fish! Fish is NOT a species appropriate diet for cats or dogs: In cats = proven to cause urinary inflammatory disease

Fish has been proven to cause urinary inflammatory disease in cats and can be deadly (particularly in male cats), by inflaming and blocking the urethra.  Pack10 does not use fish by-product in any K-9 or Feline meals/treats.

In nature, neither Mountain Lions, Wolves, or Coyotes fish!  There have been isolated observations of Wolves foraging in shallow streams for wallowing fish, but generally, fish is not a species appropriate protein in K-9 or feline diets.

Note that in commercial pet food, the fish protein content is generally made up of by-product waste, and must be rendered and chemically treated to eliminate hazardous bacteria & smell.  i.e. “fish meal” ingredient component.

**Q (Image) is our $5,000 cat.  After feeding fish for a 12 day period, he developed an emergency urinary blockage.  Proof that Fish can kill cats!  Q is alive today, and has NOT had any fish since his blockage.  Many vets will recommend surgery to enlarge the urethra, which would have put us at $8,000 – but we have simply restricted fish from his diet and he has not experienced any urinary issues since.  It is shocking how few veterinarians know anything about the cause of this inflammatory response in cats.

A dog’s sense of smell is 1000X greater than a humans! Trust that!

These 3 have never eaten together until Pack10 K-9 Meals. One was hand fed – one kibble at a time, and the other two in separate rooms, one at a time. Dogs are weird about food when the food is weird. For the most part, a dog can smell the chemical composition of dry kibble and question it. *Remember, dogs have a sense of smell 1000x greater than a humans. We should trust that! Now, on Pack10 food, they all eat together, at the same time. No hand feeding – and the food is gone!

Testimonial – how much were you paying for itching & scratching?

Hi!  I’m Padme, Padi for short!  My name means “Princess of Compassion”!   About one year ago, I started itching and scratching and just could not stop.  Andy and Cindy (my dear owners) could not figure out what was wrong with me.  They felt bad for me because they love me and I felt bad for them because I would wake them up in the middle of the night scratching.  They had to take my collar off at night just so they could sleep.  But they were worried about me.  That’s when they met Wanda, Pack10 Owner!  We call her Aunt Wanda.  She explained to my owners that I was allergic to the food they were feeding me.  Aunt Wanda said I had developed an allergy to the food I was eating and just could not get any relief.  Plus, I had gained weight and we all know how that feels as a female to put on weight.

 

Andy and Cindy just could not believe the high-end, expensive, commercial dog food they had been feeding their sweet little princess was full of fillers and things they wouldn’t eat or wouldn’t feed their children, so why were they feeding it to me, their beloved dog?!?   They thought they were feeding me the best out there.  They switched me to Pack10 immediately!   Within one month of eating Pack10’s dog food, I was allergy free!  Yippee!  No more itching and scratching!  I lost all the weight I needed to, my coat was all shiny again and I stopped aging so fast!  I felt satisfied by my food was able to be active again!

So, if your owners think they are feeding you the best dog food out there, you might want to tell them to call Pack10 just to be sure!      

Thank you Pack10!

Love,

Padi, Andy and Cindy

Mountain Lion = Your Cat = Obligate Carnivore

Mountain Lion = Your Cat = Obligate Carnivore. Obligate carnivores require 70% of their diet in moisture. Nutritionally, a cat benefits from the nutrients found in meat protein, but not much else. If your litter box is full of waste – that’s the #1 sign your cat is not able to utilize the ingredients in the food it is eating. A cat on a species appropriate, meat protein diet will utilize almost all of the nutrients, and very little will be discarded in the litter box. Pack10 makes all protein M.I.C.E. meals for cats, called Meat-Ingredient-Cat-Essentials.