Dsc00053Trevor is such a joy, but as a puppy I discovered that he had severe food allergies. Around 6 months old he started throwing up after meals, so  I took him into our vet where he was allergy tested.  The results were shocking…he was “off the charts” for most basic commercial dog food ingredients.  Check this out…he can’t eat: beef, pork, lamb, venison, duck, rabbit, milk, rice, peanuts and yeast.  Ok, what does that leave me?  LOL…not a whole lot of options!  I learned that I had to read dog food labels…very, very carefully.

While learning about what goes into my dog’s food, I also discovered that federal regulations say it’s okay for pet food to contain some disturbing ingredients – like crushed bird beaks, chicken feathers and even brains.  Yuck!

How can you be sure you’re doing the right thing for your own Sheltie?  Watch out for by-products. Vets say consumers should look for wholesome, natural ingredients when choosing a pet food and should avoid by-products, synthetic chemicals, unnecessary additives and colorings.   Be sure to read the label.  For me, learning that “natural ingredients” or “animal by-products” meant it could contain just about any type or part of a animal (they don’t have to disclose what animal that is either) so it went back onto the shelf.

Landing_wellness_logoOne alternative is an all-natural pet food. Natural pet foods like the Wellness Brand go beyond government dictated standards – avoiding by-products – and instead focus on natural ingredients such as real meat, high quality grains and botanical extracts.

Their website is informative and clearly shows you what ingredients go into each variety.  They even have an “ingredients dictionary” that describes each ingredient they use.

Trevor and Toby eat the Fish & Sweet Potato formula.  Their coats look fabulous from the fish oil, but most importantly I don’t have to cook for my dogs!

Trevor & Toby give Wellness four paws up!

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6 Responses to “Do you know what is in your Sheltie’s food?”

  1. Amy

    I like reading the story you posted and about the problems with so many foods and what they can contain. I really wish they would regulate the food better. Growing up, my Sheltie couldn’t eat anything with chicken so my mom had to learn to read labels and educate herself. Now that I’m grown and have my own Shelties I’ve done my research. Where we are, we decided to go with Victor and it’s a wonderful food. It’s nice to have choices with decent foods for beloved companions!

  2. Kelly

    Hi Angie,
    Welcome to Sheltie Nation!
    Isn’t it amazing what manufacturers put in pet food? However, it looks like some are catching on that we, as consumers & pet “parents” are starting to take notice. ^..^

  3. Angie Hill

    Hi Kelly,
    It is very eye opening when you start researching dog food. My first sheltie (about 15 years ago) had severe skin problems by the time he was 7, and at the time, I never considered his food as the problem because I was feeding him what I thought was the best food I could buy. When I first got Shelby, I researched food and found out that most of the problems my dog Buddy had were because of what he was being fed. We decided on Canidae for our dogs, I liked the fact they don’t use beaks and brains (and other nasty stuff) :) eww They also get raw chicken necks for teeth cleaning.

  4. Sara and the Boys

    We fed our boys Wellness for a few years before we moved and weren’t able to get it at easily. It was great and everyone that we knew that fed it to their pets loved it. Our neighbor owned a store and had introduced it to us and her senior dog had dramatically improved health-wise after switching to Wellness. I just wish it were more easily found! It’s a great food –

  5. Kelly

    Hello Lorraine!
    Good to hear from you…Trevor was originally on the prescription diet IVD whitefish & potato, but when I found the wellness brand I switched. There are even fewer ingredients & I don’t have to get it by special order at the vet. From what I’ve found, that “variety” isn’t as common as the others & has to be special ordered just for us. The Wellness is comparably priced too.

  6. Lorraine

    Hi Kelly,
    I enjoyed reading and you sharing Trevor’s food story.I have a friend that just started her dog on Wellness.I’ve emailed the company for into on a senior fish & potato for the boys or should they just be on their senior food.Do you feed Trevor a senior version of the fish?Has Trevor been on this brand all his life or just recently?


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