What you feed your pet has a direct impact on their health. Over the past 50 years, a dog’s diet has gone from raw meat, raw eggs, and table scraps (of good, home-cooked meals), to highly processed dry kibble. Most conventional kibble on the market, even the - “premium quality” “all natural” and “prescription” brands, are full of substandard ingredients, additives, preservatives, and fillers. The majority of pet owners feed the same brand and flavor of kibble over the course of their pet’s lifetime. Imagine eating the same processed cereal every day, every meal for your entire life! That isn’t healthy for humans and it’s not healthy for our pets either. Here’s a quick rundown on the 4 main types of food.
This is the most popular way to feed pets because it is the least expensive and most convenient with the longest shelf life. However, you need to be extremely careful about the kibble you choose as it is highly processed and often contains artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, fillers, and other ingredients with little nutritional value. At Nilla’s Tub, we offer brands that are minimally processed, use quality whole food ingredients, and do not have added synthetic vitamins and minerals. This kibble keeps the nutrients intact, so your pet can get the complete nutrition they need.
Many veterinarians and pet owners consider a raw food diet consisting of raw meat and bones to be the best option for your dog or cat as it most closely resembles the diet they were born to eat and naturally provides the perfect level of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Cats are not able to digest carbohydrates, so they can especially benefit from a raw diet.
We offer commercially manufactured raw pet food that is very easy to use – it comes in frozen patties or nuggets - and is one of the best options for providing good nutrition for your pet. Raw food maintains all the naturally occurring amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytochemicals that are destroyed by heat and other processing methods. As long as you take common sense precautions, raw meat-based diets are as safe as dry food.
A raw diet improves pet health in many ways, including:
- Fewer skin problems
- More energy and vitality
- Fewer allergy symptoms
- Whiter teeth, better breath
- Arthritis and other joint issues are often resolved or reduced
- Digestive problems often clear up
- Firm, less frequent, smaller poop
- Helps with weight control
Try feeding your own pet a balanced raw food diet and you’ll see the difference for yourself!
FREEZE DRIED FOOD
Our freeze-dried products are essentially raw food with the moisture removed. This food offers all the benefits of a raw food diet, but has a longer shelf life and can be more convenient, especially when traveling.
Canned food has more protein and less filler than dry food. Canned food is especially good for cats, as felines don’t have the same thirst mechanism as dogs, so they often do not drink enough water and benefit from having more moisture in their food. Canned food is easier to chew and digest, making it an good choice for senior dogs or those with poor dental health. It’s important to pay attention to the ingredients in canned food and make sure it does not contain grains, gluten, wheat, soy, preservatives, hormones, or other processed ingredients. Most brands include additives such as tapioca starch, carrageenan, guar gum or xantham gum, which are used to give the product a certain texture and consistency, but they may be unsafe and cause health issues. Pet owners often mix canned and dry together.
QUALITY PET TREATS
Like food, it’s important to give your dog or cat only high-quality treats that are sourced in the USA, and contain no artificial flavoring, colors, preservatives, sugar and fillers. We have many single ingredient treats which support your dog’s health and are ideal for training.
CUSTOMIZED FOOD OPTIONS
Many of our food items are always in-stock, but we also place orders weekly for specific foods and quantity discounts. Although our food is higher quality than what you can find in most stores, we’re price competitive and large bags of food can be ordered for extra savings. Ask us about our free delivery service!
Below are some blog articles with more information regarding pet food:
7 Biggest Dog Food Myths
Ready for Raw?
Ingredients That Should Never Be In Pet Food