Make Meal Time Fun for Your Dog!
After the Natural Balance® launch party at PetSmart® stores across the nation, Edison and Co. gobbled up their Wild Pursuit kibble and canned food pretty quickly. With four dogs weighing a total of 320 pounds, we go through pooch food faster than you can sign, “Are you STILL hungry?”
This past Sunday, Edison and I went back to PetSmart to pick up some more Natural Balance goodies. PetSmart is not the closest pet supply store to us. In fact, it is, by far, the furthest away. We drive past several other pet supply stores to get to PetSmart because PetSmart is our store of choice. Gay dads and deaf dogs are the most loyal of customers. Ask a Marketing person; they’ll tell you.
Here at Dog & His Boy, we are rotational feeders. We truly believe that rotating ingredients, especially protein sources, is an important part of achieving and maintaining good health. In addition to the convenience of (finally!) being able to buy Natural Balance food and treats at PetSmart, a high-value benefit to those of us here at Deaf Dog Central is the extremely wide selection of Natural Balance food options. No matter your dog’s health needs or culinary taste, there is bound to be something he will love.
Since we were pleased with the grain-free Wild Pursuit, we decided to go all-in and apply rotational feeding principles using several Natural Balance food lines. This time, we bought the Salmon, Trout and Tuna Wild Pursuit. A food based in fish is higher in both Omega-3 and Omega-6, which are important anti-inflammatories and support a healthy coat and skin. Bully-breed dogs, especially unpigmented ones, are prone to skin issues, so we love getting as much fish oil goodness in them as possible.
This time, we also grabbed a bag of the Vegetarian formula to mix in with the Wild Pursuit kibble. It has some additional healthy ingredients that I like to include in my boys’ diet, including spinach, parsley and yucca.
For canned food, we really went hog wild. We grabbed a few cans each of the Wild Pursuit canned Lamb, Chicken and Guinea Fowl, Beef, Buffalo and Venison, and the Chicken, Turkey and Quail. Each of these has at least three sources of protein, including some novel ones, such as Guinea Fowl and Venison.
We also picked up several cans of food from the Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diet (LID) line. We chose the Duck & Potato, the Venison & Sweet Potato and the Sweet Potato & Fish flavors.
By rotating different canned foods we are meeting our goal of offering different protein sources to our deaf and hearing dogs. In addition to the health benefits of rotational feeding, I believe that this approach to nutrition meets a few other basic needs of our dogs and they fall under the umbrella of Enrichment.
Can you imagine eating the same meal, out of the same bowl, twice a day, every day for the next ten to fifteen years? As frustrating as this sounds, this is exactly what so many pet parents do. And you know what? It’s not their fault! This is what pet parents have been told ad nauseum for decades. It is only in recent years, as veterinarians are learning more information, as pet parents are educating themselves, as brands are embracing different feeding approaches, that a more holistic view of pet health including alternative, and probably healthier, eating habits has emerged.
To add insult to injury, let’s consider the sense of smell. We all know that a dog’s olfactory system is thousands of times more sensitive than ours. We see this in the way they interact with each other, with the world around them and with us. Touch another dog and see how long it takes for Bingo to figure that out!
By rotating different protein sources and flavors in Edison & Cos. food, I am easily stimulating both their sense of taste and their sense of smell. I am enriching their daily lives and I am increasing their enjoyment of food.
By offering every Natural Balance food and treat product line at every PetSmart store as well as online, I can meet my rotational feeding goals and also easily keep my dogs healthy, excited and curious about their food. No meal is ever the same here at Dog & His Boy and my dogs are healthier and happier for it.
Have you gone shopping for Natural Balance food and treats at your local PetSmart? What is your dog’s favorite? How do you think Natural Balance products will align with your feeding philosophy?