Pets are living longer thanks in part to better breeding, better diets, exercise and better comprehensive wellness and vet care. At Canine Country Club of Arkansas, we like to think of ourselves as a partner in your dog’s overall wellness through exercise, helping with a better diet and working with your vet on special medical issues.
So many dog foods are available so how do you make the best nutrition decision for your dog? Did you know that the Pet Food Market is a $12.4 billion industry with many of the mass commercial dog food manufacturers trying to be all things to all consumers. More dog food manufacturers are trying to “market” top quality ingredients on the label yet still use unnecessary fillers, renderings and meal by-products.
Did you know that a dog’s digestive system is similar to a human’s? So ask yourself – would you eat renderings (this includes dead, diseased pigs, goats, horses, road kill, rabbits, rats, etc.)? You wouldn’t eat this. Why are you feeding it to your dog?
What should you look for in a quality dog food?
- Named meat or fish (chicken, turkey, lamb, beef, herring, etc.) and concentrated meat proteins (chicken meal, turkey meal, lamb meal, etc.)
- Whole grains and starches (brown rice, barley, sweet potatoes), fresh whole fruits and vegetables (whole potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, alfalfa, apples, etc.)
- Fats from quality sources (chicken fat, lamb fat, sunflower oil, herring oil, etc.) and natural preservatives
- Antioxidants (vitamin A, C, and E)
What should you avoid in dog food?
- UFI’s: unnamed food ingredients (poultry by-products, meat and bone meal) and protein fillers (corn gluten meal, wheat gluten, egg product meal)
- Carb overload: (refined flours, wheat, mill runs, brewer’s rice)
- Processed fruits and vegetables: (dehydrated potatoes, tomato pumice, alfalfa meal)
- Fats from non-specific sources: animal fat, poultry fat, and vegetable oil
- Synthetic preservatives: BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin
- Coloring: (caramel color, FD & C colors)
At Canine Country Club of Arkansas, our pet food research led us to the Merrick Pet Care lines of dog foods. We feed our boarders Merrick who uses simple philosophies that include using nutrient rich and unaltered ingredients from the 5 basic food groups.
Visit Merrick Pet Care's website to learn more about why we feed Natura to our own dogs.
Just like humans, dogs need exercise. When dogs take in more calories than they burn, they will gain weight.
At Canine Country Club of Arkansas, we offer:
- Ball chasing games with their friends.
- Running on the 2-½ acre play trail that includes playground equipment for the dogs to climb on.
- In ground pool for fun swims.
Whether it’s a brisk walk in the neighborhood, or a day of fun play at daycare, get your dog out and get him moving!