When I texted my husband almost a year ago today, and told him a local breeder had one male Golden Retriever left and we should take him, I knew my life was about to change in a big way. I’ve had a few dogs through the years, all have been (beautiful, loving) mixes. This would be my first purebred pup, however, and as a former vet tech, I knew that Goldens were susceptible to a whole host of health problems, including skin allergies. I also knew that feeding him well was going to be a top concern, because I know what they put in most commercial kibble, and no way was this new baby–my dream dog– going to be ingesting “animal by-products.” Especially one prone to allergies.
I didn’t always tout the benefits of fresh pet food. About 14 years ago, I was working for a group of veterinarians in Chicago, Illinois when they hired a holistic vet. She was a proponent of homemade dog food, or even RAW feeding. I had never heard of such things and I truly thought, at the time, that the kibble I was feeding my Border Collie/Brittany Spaniel mix was good stuff! I had fallen victim to marketing, assuming that the fresh veggies and meats featured on the bag meant that those were the ingredients inside. I could not have been more wrong.
Learning about pet food was an incredibly eye-opening experience for me, and I’ve been a proponent of a homemade diet ever since. For The Golden Snitch (Snitcher for short) we fed high quality kibble for the first ten months, just to be absolutely positive he got all the nutrients he needed as a puppy. But even buying the most expensive, highest grade kibble out there didn’t leave me at ease. I supplemented with fresh foods for treats, and the moment I felt secure in my own knowledge and his growth, we made the switch to a homemade diet. We aren’t looking back!
My hope is to educate and excite other pet owners who either don’t know about the benefits of fresh pet food, or just find the task too daunting to add to otherwise jam-packed schedules. Trust me, if I can do it, so can you!
Snitch’s Muggle Momma