As I was driving home from Vivid festival on Sunday night with 1 screaming child, one sleeping child and one waving a lightsaber in the car I realised I had no food for the dogs dinner. I made a quick pit stop to the local supermarket to get food, I couldn’t not feed the dog – well I could but if anyone at work found out I would get chastised.
In the pet food section there was a selection of brightly packaged poor quality dry and canned foods. They all used the slogans ‘natural’ and ‘complete’ and ‘wellness’ but when I looked at the ingredients they all had low protein less than 10% and high filler. Marketing is an amazing thing – just look at McDonalds, bright coloured, poor quality, highly flavoured food.
I moved on to the fresh meat section. As expected there was the terrible sulphur dioxide soaked so called fresh meat. The meat was bright red and full of preservatives despite saying ‘no significant preservative’. In the human consumption meat section a porterhouse was $16.00 (organic grain fed blah blah). I probably would have got an $8.00 steak for the dog but $16 was a bit much.
I finally resorted to a product called four legs lamb and veggies. To be honest I was not completely satisfied with the product but it was the best on offer so I took the packet and gave it to Snap. After a bit of sniffing and looking and wondering, he did eat it, and I am happy to say 48 hrs later no significant issues downstairs.
We all fall into this trap of no food for the dog. Keep these tips up your sleeve for when it happens:
1. Missing a meal is ok (he had missed breakfast so I thought that twice in one day was a bit much)
2. Good quality dry food (Hills, Eukanuba, Royal Canine and Advance) and raw human consumption meat and bones are optimal. Tinned tuna and salmon in spring water are great for cats.
3. If your caught the top supermarket lines are iams, optimum and purina
4. Avoid the poor quality dry foods and all canned and sachet foods.
5. Never feed so called fresh animal meat as it contains the preservative Sulphur Dioxide.
*If your pet has a specific dietary condition please talk to us first and it is better to skip a meal then compromise your pet.
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