Mort sat rocking in his chair on the porch and look down and his dog lying at his feet. They were enjoying another pleasant day together; one of many as Rocky, a Cocker Spaniel Labrador mix, was nearly fourteen years old. It was unusual for a dog to live that long, true, but Mort had taken very good care of Rocky from the time he was a pup. Shortly after he picked up Rocky from the pound, his neighbor, Frank, engaged him in a conversation about natural dog food. Mort was skeptical at first, it seemed like it wouldn’t make much difference, but curiosity got the best of him and he wanted to know more.
Frank explained to Mort that natural dog food was a natural option many people used to feed their beloved animals. On the extreme end of natural dog food, some people would actually feed their animals the same food they ate. Mort thought that was a bit on the edge and asked Frank what the big deal was about regular ole dog food. Frank told him that dog food had minimal regulations from the government as to what manufacturers could put in it. Cheaper dog foods contain much less nutrients and just like humans, dogs require antioxidants, vitamins and other essential supplements. Processed food contains so many preservatives it isn’t nearly as healthy as natural dog food.
Many people don’t realize how important good nutrition is for a dog and that the wrong types of dog food can actually cause them to be overweight. Like humans, dogs that are overweight may suffer from diabetes, back ailment, organ failure, or hip dysplasia. Overweight dogs also have less energy for exercise, which in turn can stifle their health and physical condition. Your dog may not be suffering from current health problems but natural dog food can still be beneficial in preventing health problems.
Most dog food brands claim to be “nutritionally complete,” but veterinarians will still recommend “premium” commercial brands over the grocery story bottom shelf variety. Premium brands are always on the higher end of nutritional value and offer more health benefits. Natural dog food offers the best quality of nutritional substances over non-organic, premium brands. Natural dog food is also more digestible and dogs are likely to absorb the nutrients and will eliminate less thus maintaining a healthy immune system. If you boost your dog’s immune system you may prevent costly infections and illnesses that may require medical attention.
Frank continued to explain the whole process and suddenly the potential benefits became very interesting as Mort enjoyed the companionship of his dog and wanted to keep him around as long as possible. Natural dog food is fresher and actually has a high nutrient content. True, it is a little more costly than commercial dog food and requires refrigeration or other preservation methods. But, dogs actually eat less food and when a dog is eating less food, he’s processing less which means less pick up of waste in the yard. Mort definitely thought that was a benefit.
Mort sipped his lemonade and looked down at Rocky. He smiled because Rocky had lived a good life and was still fairly agile. He wouldn’t have traded that for anything in the world. Rocky never had a choice in what types of nutrition he would get. He was completely reliant upon Mort, but fortunately for him, Mort cared enough to feed him what he needed. Mort thought he saw Rocky smile back. He definitely wagged his tail and that made Mort smile at him.