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Well, we started with pork in our first recipe and it will always remain our foundation formula because it has the highest digestibility of most all protein sources for dogs.
Our Grain-Free Pork food is the best health-promoting formula for your pup or dog. All of our products are grain-free. All of our Pork products have no chicken protein in them. If your dog is having sensitivities or allergies to chicken, then this formula is for them. Chicken protein is different from chicken fat and allergies come from the chicken protein.
Are you also interested in why we are grain free? Check out more information about that here.
There is a difference in the quality of food you choose to feed your dog (you can find out more about the difference with our food in this recent blog). A poor quality food will reck havoc on your dogs insides. Eventually, this will lead to outward signs like loose and smelly stool, allergy symptoms, skin issues, arthritis, open sores, poor hair coat, bad teeth, and ear infections.
Here are two examples that our customers have told us about their dog’s stool difference when feeding our food:
The Smelly Pug–
A customer was doing his normal work out in his shop when he happened to notice one of his pugs didn’t make it outside to use the bathroom. The whole shop smelled awful! After he started feeding the pugs GLPF he was once again working out in the shop on a larger piece of equipment. He was unable to get to the door to let the pug out. He was prepared for the rank smell to once again. To his pleasant surprise there was NOTHING. NONE. NOTTA. No smell at all! He is officially a GLPF customer for life.
A family and their young child had just come in for dinner after playing outside. They kicked their muddy boots off at the door and proceeded to eat. Soon the young girl was playing by the muddy boots and as most young children do, she started to put the dirt from the boots in her mouth. After cleaning her up and having her spit the dirt out they realized it actually wasn’t dirt but poop from their dog. They must have stepped in it outside and didn’t even notice! It had so little smell that it wasn’t noticeable and wasn’t soft and squishy!
Stool stories come in weekly. The difference is real! Give us a try and you will see, or should we say, smell the difference.
If you are reading this, then you care about what goes into your puppy and are ready for the truth about puppy food.
The main reason puppy food was made was due to the fact that puppies where struggling to thrive when eating a diet full of grain. So, manufacturers started removing fillers and replacing them with more quality ingredients and called it puppy food. Puppies obviously did better on it and over the decades we all have become accustom to feeding puppies puppy food.
When your puppy is ready to eat solid food, it is ready to eat what mom and dad eat.
To be completely frank, there is no difference between the formula we use for our Puppy food and our All Life Stages food. The only difference between the two is that our Puppy food has a smaller kibble size than our All Life Stages food.
Here are the reasons why:
A lot of our food is sold to breeders. When a new mother is nursing her pups, she tends to have a sensitive stomach. Changing the type of food she has access to could cause major problems for her and when introducing solid food to puppies it is very difficult to keep the mom from eating it as well. We fixed that problem by creating puppy food that mom and the puppies can eat together. A puppy will eat 2-3 times more as a percent of body weight than an adult will. This means that if a puppy has access to quality food it will get all of its nutritional needs met through volume.
We have the correct amount of nutrients of every stage of your dog’s life. Once they are weaned from their mother, they are ready to have the levels of proteins and fats that we have in our food. That is also the correct amount to help them sustain a long healthy and happy life.
This way the puppy food can be used for small dogs who have trouble chewing and still give them everything they need!
Choose the food that best fits your dog. Whichever choice you make will be the right choice. You can’t go wrong with any of our kibbles.
The simplest answer is that when your dog gets loose it does not run to the nearest grain field and eat the grain. The just don’t naturally eat wheat, corn, rice, barley, oats, canola, sorghum, and/or soybeans.
The more complex answer is that your dog’s digestive tract has formed to digest meats and fats. A dog releases hydrochloric acid when eating and this is why they can eat road kill or something dead in your yard without getting sick. Your dog is not a ruminant like a cow, sheep, goat, deer, elk, etc. These animals have four chamber stomachs, chew the cud, have a digestive tract 20 time the length of their bodies, and enzymes that aid in grain digestion. Your dog has a single stomach, does not chew the cud, has a digestive tract 2 1/2 times the length of their bodies, and has enzymes that aid in meat and fat digestion. Knowing these things about your dog is so important because 70-80% of your dog’s immune system is in their digestive tract. Feeding your dog grain will stress their immune system which opens the door for a multitude of diseases to come in. On top of weakening their immune system, your dog will also not be able to extract the proper nutrients from the grains, because they are not designed to. Without proper nutrients your dog is left under nourished and with a weak immune system.
We feed grain free food to our dogs so that they have strong immune systems, receive proper nutrients, and are as healthy as possible.