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My Pack Gathers on Earth Day 2009
You do have options for a healthier diet for your pets. If organic just can't wiggle into your budget, choose the best ingredient list you can find. Skip the artificial flavors and colors, look for a named meat (or poultry) and meat or poultry meal at the top of the ingredient list. Don't settle for corn or other grains as a protein source.
Look for whole grains when they are included--not pieces of the grain. For example, whole grain brown rice includes the most nutrient-rich part of the rice grain; watch for the whole grain intact.
Seek out exceptional sources of fiber and carbohydrates like oatmeal, which is not widely used in pet food because of its cost. And fresh vegetables always score higher in nutrition.
Finally, look for added EFAs (essential fatty acids) such as Omega 3 and Omega 6 or flaxseed oil. As your pet ages, his coat and skin will need this more and more. Give him a
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Need a suggestion? Check out Natural Balance's Original Ultra Dry Dog Formula for an exceptional food at a reasonable price. There are options when you simply cannot do organic.
Missed some of our earlier Green Dogs posts? Check them out here:
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