What you feed your pet each day is the single most important decision you can make regarding their health and well being .  Most disease and conditions our pets suffer from are the result of highly processed pet food, preventives made with harmful pesticides and over vaccinating. When feeding a biologically appropriate diet our pets get the proper nutrition to thrive not just survive.  Eating a high quality diet and eliminating the use of unnecessary toxins your pets can live without allergies, digestive issues, behavioral issues, cancer and insure less trips to the vet. Not to mention a long healthy life to spend with you.

As pet owners become more discerning about the nutritional content of their dog’s food things can get very complicated.  With so many choices to choose from in this day and age, convenience seems to be the top priority and buying a bag of kibble is definitely convenient but is it healthiest?  At Golden Paws you will definitely receive the best knowledge on how to raise your beloved pets in a natural and healthy way using safe and alternative methods avoiding harmful agents in the pet industry today.

Did you know that DRY DOG FOOD has only been around for the last 60 years. Learn THE HISTORY OF DOG FOOD..

In order for thriving health to occur, all living things must consume the foods they were designed to eat. This is known as species-appropriate nutrition.  Follow the Quick Nutrition Guideline below to help optimize your pets diet. 



Dog and cat diets should…

Contain only wholesome ingredients fit for human consumption.  Meats and vegetables should be added to dry kibble daily. To Learn more..  BOOST YOUR DOG’S KIBBLE

Have NO chemical additives or preservatives, fillers or by-products. Examples of these would be corn, wheat, soy, by-products,  chemical preservatives,  and artificial food color.

Be high in meat protein and low in grains and carbohydrates. Dogs are carnivores and it is not biologically appropriate for them to metabolize grains. 

Include some raw food or digestive enzymes daily.

Offer variety and rotation of protein sources and other ingredients.

Be as minimally processed as possible to preserve nutrients.

Be high in moisture, especially the feline diet.

Be close to a dog or cat’s ancestral diet.

Be balanced over time, not necessarily in every bite.

                        KIBBLE 101


                    5 Things you need to know about dry dog food!


Have you ever wondered how kibble can sit in a bag on a shelf or in a pantry  for years at a time and not go bad?  How do you ever think about how kibble is affecting your dog’s health? 


1. How Kibble is Made

Surely you don’t eat them every day, but over the course of your life we’d guess you’ve eaten your fair share of chicken nuggets. We know that meat of questionable quality or designation is ground up into a paste and injected into chicken nugget-shaped forms for baking. Even though they are tasty and convenient, we know we wouldn’t feel, look, or be at our best if we ate them everyday.

Kibble and chicken nuggets are not all that different. Yet, we often don’t think twice about feeding them to our dog, everyday, for their entire lives.

When kibble is made, raw meats, vegetables, carbs, and fillers, are mixed together to make a dough, which is then placed into a machine. Hot water or steam is applied at extremely high temperatures and pressure, which ‘cooks’ the dough. Extreme heat and pressure zaps the moisture and nutrients out of the chicken, salmon, or other combos of ingredients in your dog’s kibble.

The dried brown bits of kibble are unappetizing to even the hungriest dog, so they are then sprayed with animals fats to make them palatable. Vitamins are added, to try to make up for what was lost during the cooking process, and artificial colors (such as caramel) and preservatives are added to make sure the food stays and looks ‘good’ to the humans buying it. By the time it’s done it’s pretty far removed from the whole ingredients that were originally used.


2. What Ingredients Go into Kibble

You’ve read the exposés on taco meat and hotdogs, and you know that regulations on what counts as ‘meat’ in human food are flimsy at best and suspicious at worst. Knowing that, do you think it is any better for dog food regulations?

What counts as a ‘meat’ source in dog food can range. Whole, ground carcasses may be used, and animals can include those that are sick, diseased, or dying. Vegetables are usually limited to whatever’s cheapest, and more expensive superfoods aren’t used, not that they would survive the high-heat processing anyway. Carbs bulk things up and provide body to the kibble dough.

Vitamins are added to many dog foods to compensate for those lost during cooking. However, not all vitamins are created equal, either. Unstated vitamin sources are often a sign that synthetic vitamins are used, typically sourced from China. If your dog is fed synthetic vitamins that they are unable to process, the side effects can include malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies. The bottom line? The ingredients are low-quality, synthetic, and possibly from diseased sources.


3. How Kibble Impacts Health and Wellness

Poor quality kibble is like any unhealthy diet. It opens your dog to long-term health risks that are becoming increasingly hard to deny. Do you ever wonder why so many dogs are overweight or obese at a young age, or why food allergies are so high? Could low-quality kibble be the cause?

Many ingredients in kibble have been linked to a range of conditions and research has clearly shown the benefits of alternative diets such as home-cooked dog food diets, in reducing the incidence of these. This TedxTalk by Rodney Habib does a great job of exploring the correlation of kibble and other processed foods to shortened life spans in dogs.


4. Is Your Vet a Nutrition Expert?

Many of us rely on a veterinarian to recommend food for our dog. Veterinarians focus on a range of topics in veterinary school, nutrition being a small part of that.

Veterinarians who are passionate about nutrition can acquire an additional degree to earn the title of a ‘Veterinary Nutritionist.’ There are only 100 veterinarians with this additional qualification in the entire United States, and you can find the full list here.

Is your veterinarian a Veterinary Nutritionist? If so, you should absolutely take their guidance on the right diet for your dog. If not, you may need to rely on a variety of sources to make the best decision for your pup.

While veterinarians generally care deeply for animals, they may not have the resources available, or even the time, to adequately assess all dog foods on the market. Add to this the frequent recalls and health scares and the dog food market can be downright confusing.


                    HEALTHIER OPTIONS