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Echo is the Alpha of Pack10.Natural, and sister of Teka.
We are avid Doberman lovers, and dog lovers in general. We’ve had Doberman pinschers in our lives for the past 20 years. After the passing of our Doberman Coco, and our Greyhound “Am so Sure” in the same year, we acquired two Doberman puppies from the same litter. While each dog breed seems to be faced with its own issues, historically, my Dobermans always seem to be faced with weight gain, especially after neutering/spaying, thinning, dull coat, plaque (on teeth), and abdominal rashes. I have not had a Doberman yet who has not died of a massive sarcoma, an aggressive cancerous tumor.
Over the years I have tried just about every commercial food product available to see if one might possibly alleviate any of these problems. In the first two years of life, Teka, our Red Doberman, could not get rid of an abdominal rash and was on a daily regimen of Benadryl, and an occasional trip to the vet for antibiotics. Our other Doberman, Echo, was gaining weight, too much weight, but was not over-fed. I began to read about the common proteins in most commercial pet food, whether it was top of the line or store branded, and the allergies some dogs have to them. I began to read about gluten intolerance and the resulting issues caused by gluten in animals (in humans this has been as high as 30% of the population); the effects range from a compromised immune system, rashes, weight gain, etc. Since dogs/cats are primarily carnivores, gluten (I’m guessing), has an even greater impact on these species. Turns out, my guessing is proving true! I began to create meals for my dogs/cats based on select meats and gluten-free carbohydrates, mainly a variety of rice. In addition, raw vegetables contain the highest nutrient sources, like spinach, kale, and carrots are beneficial for dogs as they have some ability to absorb these things aside from meat.
I also feel very strongly about the nutrient component of eggs, which are difficult to find in commercial pet food products, but so very easy to cook up for your own pets, both dogs and cats. Please read some of the testimonials on our website and Facebook page. We have dogs that have lost weight and gained weight (appropriate weight), dogs on Pack10.Natural meals that are now rash free, dogs that have grown hair back where it was previously lost, and dogs that have a new desire for food (food driven, which all healthy dogs should be). For our cats, we simply try to provide a source of organically harvested meats.